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Brooks, S (2010) Rice Biofortification: Lessons for Global Science and Development, London: Earthscan
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Brooks, S. (2011) ‘Living with Materiality or Confronting Asian Diversity? The Case of Iron-Biofortified Rice Research in the Philippines’, East Asian Science, Technology and Society (EASTS), 5 (2) 173–188
Brooks, S. (2005) ‘Biotechnology and the Politics of Truth: From the Green Revolution to an Evergreen Revolution’, Sociologia Ruralis 45 (4) 360 – 379. (Click here for a pre-publication version of this paper)
Brooks, S., D. Burges Watson, A. Draper, M. Goodman, H. Kvalvaag and W. Wills (2013) Chewing on Choice, in Abbots, E-J & Lavis, A (Eds.) Why We Eat, How We Eat: Contemporary Encounters Between Foods and Bodies, Farnham: Ashgate
Brooks, S. and Johnson-Beebout, S.E. (2012) Contestation as continuity? Biofortification research and the CGIAR. In Sumberg, J. and Thompson, J. (Eds.) Contested Agronomy: Agricultural Research in a Changing World. London: Routledge
Brooks, S., D. Burges Watson, A. Draper, M. Goodman, H. Kvalvaag and W. Wills (2012) Chewing on Choice, Working Paper 40, Environment, Politics and Development Working Paper Series, Department of Geography, Kings College London
Brooks, S., Thompson J., Odame H., Kibaara B., Nderitu S., Karin F. and Millstone, E. (2009) Environmental Change and Maize Innovation in Kenya: Exploring Pathways in and out of Maize, STEPS Working Paper 36, Brighton: STEPS Centre
Brooks, S. (2008) Global Science, Public Goods? Tracing International Science Policy Processes in Rice Biofortification, PhD Thesis, Brighton: University of Sussex
Brooks, S. (1996) Small Business Development in Papua New Guinea: Lessons, Department of Environment and Conservation/United Nations Development Programme, OPS-PNG/93/G31
Reviews of ‘Rice Biofortification’
‘A deeply thought-provoking book, this study of biofortification in rice explores how and why public science so often irons out complex needs into a demand for pre-packaged solutions. Are the great private philanthropic foundations and the brilliant scientists they fund simply incapable of understanding the lives of the rural poor? The author prefers instead to make a case for deep institutional reform, offering space for new types of partnership. Biofortification could yet become an exemplar of a different, boundary-crossing, socially-informed science for poverty alleviation. Her book is essential reading for both critics and proponents of biotechnology in international development.’ - Paul Richards, Professor of Technology and Agrarian Development, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
‘A lucid analysis of the decision making in international agricultural research which emphasizes a technical, commercial approach. Malnutrition is far better tackled with a biodiversity approach that makes available local foods that can be eaten fresh and are free.’ - Suman Sahai, Convenor, Gene Campaign, New Delhi, India
‘Rice Biofortification convincingly illustrates the tenacity of the top down linear research paradigm which unfortunately still dominates the international agricultural research agenda. How researchers can effectively work with local contexts is an important issue, which the author handles admirably.’ - Joachim Voss, independent research professional, formerly Director General of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali, Colombia
‘A book for those formulating and appraising scientific research and its impact on social development.’ New Agriculturalist
‘The issues related to the organisation of public science and research highlighted in the book are very relevant in the context of the recent debates in India related to the commerical release of Bt Brinjal. Rice Biofortification would be useful for both critics and proponents of biotechnology.’ - Green Teacher (www.greenteacher.org), Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
‘Focusing on the case of rice biofortification this elegantly written book argues that increasing concerns over food security are pushing policy makers towards taking top-down approaches to science and research policy.’ - Peter Gregory, Journal of Experimental Agriculture
‘One of Brooks’ key arguments is that the silver bullet approach seems flawed from the start, by seeking a universal solution for very different situations thus ignoring the end-consumers, with their cultural contexts, habits and expectations. The idea behind generating an international public good that can be disseminated for adaption and adoption in various places is a top-down process that dismisses local knowledge and experience. Her analysis, however, is not disparaging but rather conciliatory. By explaining the pros and cons of various situations, the reader can understand the tensions and potentials within an innovative field’. - Raul Acosta, ITESO University, Mexico, Journal of Biosocial Science (see below for reference)
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