Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1991


Published in Great Plains Research 1:1 (February 1991), pp. 175–177. Copyright © 1991 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This book is largely the product of a series of faculty discussions and a symposium held at Iowa State University in 1987. It represents a comprehensive treatment of the safety and regulatory issues, economic prospects, social considerations, and ethical dilemmas emerging from advances in molecular biology and agricultural biotechnology. Major attention is focused on bovine growth hormone bGH). The book is the most useful introduction to these issues available under one cover. It is also a book of highly uneven quality. The papers range from advocacy journalism to carefully reasoned argument and rigorous sifting of evidence. I particularly recommend the papers by David T. Kingsbury, Gladys B. White, Susan Wright, Frederick Buttel, and Bernard Rollin.