Lake County News article "Protections for a hungry world" by Roberta Actor-Thomas (18 August 2012)
"Overall, ‘Hope not Hype’ will be a very useful resource for policy and
decision makers in government, R & D institutions, as well as
scientists, teachers, farmers and the broader public. Indeed, by
highlighting scientific knowledge claims in a broadly acceptable way,
Heinemann is contributing towards building public understanding, or what
Toumey (2006) has referred to as the public’s ‘technological literacy’.
Technological literacy will be a precursor to the democratic
development of new technologies, and will play a vital step in ensuring a
democratic debate about the future of agriculture and food."
Organic NZ Review by Christine Dann (1 August 2010)
"Hope not Hype is
a dense read, and not always an easy one, but it provides all the
information needed to make a truly informed assessment of the promise
and performance of modern biotechnologies in agriculture, and hence it
is an essential reference guide not only for policy makers, but also
for citizens concerned about equity and sustainability in food
From Google Books a reviewer writes:
"Every politician, economist, farmer, doctor;
nutritionist - indeed everyone involved with food, health and social
justice should read this book. Everyone who eats food should read it.
I have referred people to it across my network, on Facebook -
everywhere. I will brandish it on my presentation tours."
Forbes, R. Letter to the Editor. Northland Age 28 July 2009.
"As Heinemann correctly points out, 'few existing problems in agriculture are solely caused by a lack or failure of technology but instead derive from other social, economic or legal frameworks. It is therefore critical to first define what problems are best solved by changing legal frameworks, trade policies or human behaviour and, second, which are best solved using technology. Technology should meet the community’s needs without making local agriculture less sustainable. For example, importing high-cost biotechnology seeds to grow crops for fuel on water-stressed land neither saves water nor reduces the impact this land-use decision has on food production' (Heinemann, 2009: 5). This corroborates the conclusion drawn in the IAASTD report that 'GMOs treat the symptoms rather than being a solution that addresses the causes of the major problems' (Herren, 2010)."
"...Jack A. Heinemann’s very new and highly significant book ‘Hope not
Hype: The Future of Agriculture guided by the International Assessment
of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development’
published by Third World Network - a title that should be in all good
Schubert, D. (2009) Commercialized GM crops and yield. Nature Biotechnology 27:802-803.
Fitzsimons, J. (2009) Genetic modification revisited
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. (2009) Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Asia and the Pacific.