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First Things? Nature and the Sciences
First things? Nature and the sciences

Some images: cows unable to stand, falling onto hard concrete milking yards. Farmers worried for their animals, and for their livelihoods. Government ministers desperate to reassure a doubting public that British beef was safe to consume. Young adult patients, confined to beds, no longer able to voice their suffering, unable to feed themselves or coordinate their limbs. Such images are associated with a major event in the histories and geographies of nature, of food, of agriculture. In Britain, at least, it will be a long time before scientific and government assurances concerning food and medicine safety are taken at face value – from GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in food, to MMR (measles, mumps and ...

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