Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating
by Jeffrey Smith, Foreword by Frances Moore Lappe
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Publication Date: 2003
Publisher: Yes! Books / Chelsea Green
Topics: Agriculture, Biotechnology, Computers / Internet, Corporate Rule, Crime & Punishment, Democracy: Theory & Practice, Media, Nature
Description: Is Your Food Safe? This explosive exposé tells you what the biotech industry doesn't want you to know.
'Seeds of Deception' reveals how industry manipulation and political collusion - not sound science - allow dangerous genetically engineered food into your daily diet. Company research is rigged, alarming evidence of health dangers is covered up, and intense political pressure applied.
Chapters read like adventure stories:
* Scientists were offered bribes or threatened. Evidence was stolen. Data was omitted or distorted.
* Government employees who complained were harassed, stripped of responsibilities, or fired.
* Laboratory rats fed a GM crop developed stomach lesions and seven of the forty died within two weeks. The crop was approved without further tests.
* When a top scientist tried to alert the public about his alarming discoveries, he lost his job and was silenced with threats of a lawsuit.
Read the actual internal memos by FDA scientists, warning of toxins, allergies, and new diseases - all ignored by their superiors, including a former attorney for Monsanto. Discover how industry studies are designed to avoid finding problems. Learn why the FDA withheld information from Congress after a genetically modified supplement killed nearly a hundred people and disabled thousands.
Eating such experimental food is gambling with your health. Find out how you can protect yourself and your family. The author is a master storyteller. His style captivates and charms, while his meticulously documented facts leave no doubt about a massive injustice.
Jeffrey Smith has been involved with genetically modified (GM) foods for nearly a decade. He worked for non-profit and political groups on the issue and in 1998, ran for U.S. Congress to raise public awareness of the health and environmental impacts. To protect children - who are most at risk from the potential health effects of GM foods - Smith proposed legislation to remove the foods from school meals. He also proposed legislation to help protect farmers from cross-pollination by GM crops. Later, he was vice president of marketing for a GMO detection laboratory. Prior to working in this field, he was a writer, educator, and public speaker for non-profit groups, advancing the causes of health, environment, and personal development. This book - researched and written after he left the industry - combines Smith's passion for these causes with his extensive knowledge of the risks and cover-ups behind genetically modified foods. Smith is the founding director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, a member of the Sierra Club Genetic Engineering Committee, and a member of the advisory board of the Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods. He has a master's degree in business administration and lives with his wife in Iowa, surrounded by genetically modified corn and soybeans.
Review(s): "This powerful exposé could spark the revolution that this topic deserves." - Hunter Lovins, co-author of 'Natural Capitalism'
"When you read this extraordinary and courageous book, you will never see your country the same way again." - Frances Moore Lappé in the foreword to 'Seeds of Deception'
"A must read if you are to protect yourself and your family... this book could save your life." - Howard Lyman, author, 'Mad Cowboy'
"Clear, profound, and unerringly accurate... If you care about the future of life on this dear planet... this is the book to get." - John Robbins, author, 'The Food Revolution' and 'Diet For A New America'
"The revelations in this book are being made public at a pivotal time in the global GM debate, and could tip the scales against the biotech industry. The evidence in the book refutes U.S. science and safety claims, and undermines the basis of their WTO challenge." - Andrew Kimbrell, director of the Center for Food Safety
"The best written on the subject." - Ronnie Cummins, Director, Organic Consumer's Association
"Outrageous! That's what you'll say over and over again when you read how the biotechnology companies have manipulated the government, our food, and the media, and put an entire generation at risk." - Ben Cohen (of Ben and Jerry's)