Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine
Plants and Modern Medicine
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Plants and Human Health
Our Early Relationship with Plants
Plants as Medicine
Chapter 2. Bioprospecting For Medicines form Plants
Ethnobotany and Medicine
Modern drug discovery and indigenous cultures
Plants and Drug discovery
Examples of Medicines derived from plants
Impact of Biopiracy, Preservation of Biodiversity
Intellectual Property Rights for Indigenous People
Chapter 3. The Lure of Herbal Medicine
The bioactive compounds in herbal medicinal plants
Examples of Herbal Medicines
Traditional Indian Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine
What nonscientists should know about Herbal Medicines
What scientists need to know about herbal medicines
Could herbal medicine and Western medicine complement each other?
Chapter 4. Farming Medicines from Plants
Why farm for pharmaceuticals from plants?
New production systems
How does it work?
Technologies used to design plants expressing biopharmaceuticals
Clinical trials of therapeutic proteins produced in plants
Allergies, oral tolerance, and dose response relationships to plant-made vaccines
Scale-up and commercialization opportunities for plant-derived therapeutic proteins
Plant production platforms for molecular farming
Molecular farming requires its own unique set of regulatory guidelines
Chapter 5. Superfood: Functional and Biofortified Food
The science behind functional foods
Functional foods and human genetics
The Mediterranean Diet: The ideal diet?
Do dietary supplements work?
Functional foods as superfoods
Biofortified foods and hidden hunger
Can biofortified foods make a difference?
Chapter 6. Food Security, Climate Change, and the Future of Farming
Norman Borlaug and the Green Revolution
The Green Revolution missed Africa
Agricultural makeover: sustainable intensification
Up and Coming technologies; crop improvement
Improved farming techniques
Environmental uses for plants
Agricultural sustainability and organic food
Chapter 7. The Importance of Biodiversity
Foods as drugs
What will the food industry look like?
An urban answer to increased food production: vertical farms
Agricultural sustainability and protection of biodiversity: a daunting challenge
Biodiversity and the search for new medicines
The importance of public perception in shaping our future
Regulating agricultural innovations can be a double-edged sword