PANUPS: Resource Pointer #117

                         P A N U P S
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Resource Pointer #117

February 26, 1997

For copies of the following resources, please contact 
the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.


-- Biotechnology --

*Transgenic Plants in Mesoamerican Agriculture, 1996.* 
Allan Hruska and Milton Lara Pavon, eds. Examines risks 
and potential benefits of agricultural biotechnology in 
Central America. Stresses that risks of biotechnology 
may be exacerbated in the region because regulations are 
inadequate and information is lacking for farmers, 
consumers and regulators. Describes status of 
biotechnology research on crops grown in Mesoamerica and 
discusses commercial availability of transgenic crops. 
Includes chapters on regulation in Mexico; regulation in 
Costa Rica; potential for gene glow between transgenic 
crops and wild relatives; pest resistance management in 
Mesoamerica; and effects of transgenic crops on 
agroecosystems. 127 pp. US$20. Libreria Zamorano, Box 
93, Tegucigalpa, MDC, Honduras; phone (504) 76-6140; fax 
(504) 76-6240; email allan%eapdpv@sdnhon.org.hon. 

*Herbicide Resistant Crops: Agricultural, Economic, 
Environmental, Regulatory and Technological Aspects, 
1996.* Stephen Duke, ed. Provides overview of herbicides 
and herbicide resistant crops, and discusses role of 
biotechnology in developing herbicide resistance. 
Examines environmental concerns, regulations and risk 
assessment of herbicide resistant crops. Range of 
contributors include representatives of agrochemical 
companies, university agriculture departments and NGOs. 
420 pp. US$89.95. CRC Press, Inc., Lewis Publishers, 
2000 Corporate Blvd., NW, Boca Raton, FL 33431; phone 
toll free (800) 272-7737 or (407) 994-0555; fax toll 
free (800) 374-3401 or (407) 998-9114.

*Coping with Deliberate Release: The Limits of Risk 
Assessment, 1996.* Ad van Dommelen, ed. Investigates 
capacity of governments and multilateral organizations 
to foresee risks of biotechnology, emphasizing limits of 
risk assessment methods to protect the environment and 
encourage public participation. Range of experts in 
biosafety regulation and public policy examine risk 
assessment in terms of its scientific underpinnings, 
regulatory practice and political conditions. 256 pp. 
International Centre for Human and Public Affairs, 
Pastoor Smitsstraat 25, 5014 RH Tilburg, The 
Netherlands; phone/fax (31-13) 536-0751.

-- Cotton --

*Cotton, Colonialism and Social History in Sub-Saharan 
Africa, 1995.* Allen Isaacman and Richard Roberts, eds. 
Examines history of cotton production in Sub-Saharan 
Africa, focusing on relationship between cotton and 
colonialism. Includes section on food security and 
analyzes conflicts between crops grown for food security 
and crops grown for export. 314 pp. US$26.95 
(paperback), US$60 (hard cover). Heinemann, 361 Hanover 
Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801; phone toll free (800) 541-
2086 or (603) 431-7894; email custserv@heinemann.com.

*Algodon para el Manana, 1996.* (Spanish). Red de Accion 
en Alternativas al uso de Agroquimicos (RAAA) and 
Ministerio de Educacion, Peru. Describes process of 
growing and processing organic cotton in Canete Valley 
of Peru. Emphasizes that organic methods are 
economically and ecologically viable. 23 pp. (RAAA), 
Apartado Postal 11-0581, Av. Mariscal Miller 2622 - 
Lince, Lima 14, Peru; phone/ fax (51 14) 40-4359; email 

*Correction* As noted in PANUPS Resource Pointer #113, 
"A Citizens' Guide to Gender and the World Bank," costs 
US$10. However, this report is free to groups and 
individuals in developing countries. The Bank 
Information Center, 2025 Eye Street, NW, Suite 400, 
Washington, DC 20006; phone (202) 466-8191; fax (202) 
466-8189; email bicusa@igc.org.

We encourage those interested in having resources listed 
in the Online Resource Pointer to send review copies of 
publications, videos or other sources to our office 
(address listed below) or to contact Information Program 
Associate Adam Kirshner for further information.  

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