Wed July 06 2011
Brian Swain, author of the novel, World Hunger
THEY SAY “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT”…
Using facts straight from today’s headlines, Brian Kenneth Swain, author of World Hunger, takes a fictional but frightening “what-if” look at the genetically modified foods currently being grown and consumed around the world.
Looking through the eyes of the three major players: the corporate giants that control the purse strings, the scientists who are trying to play by the rules of ethics, and the environmentalists who vehemently oppose this exploitation of nature, Swain tells a gripping story of exploitation versus assistance.
He says, “The concept behind World Hunger centers on the most controversial option for feeding the world’s hungry. Do those facing starvation embrace genetically modified foods and take a chance on unknown long-term risks? Or do they play it safe, avoid genetically modified foods and risk starvation? I’m convinced many would rather eat now and worry about ‘later’… later.”
But, he adds, that still doesn’t negate the responsibility of large corporations who, in their pursuit of profit, rush in to market with hastily developed products. Swain will engage your imagination while challenging your thinking about:
· Whether big business should be allowed to “own” plant species created by nature such as corn and rice that have been planted by farmers for centuries.
· The ethical trade-off between companies making a profit by feeding people who have nothing
· Weighing the ethics of actions against the need for a livelihood
World Hunger is a fast-paced thought-provoking exploration of the biotech industry and its impacts on the foods we eat every day.