Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods|
by Jeffrey M. Smith (Author)
From Publishers Weekly
Recent news headlines have focused on the disagreement between the U.S. and
Europe over genetically modified foods: the U.S. exports them, but the European
Union doesn't want to import them, believing their safety remains unproven. Are
genetically modified foods safe? Longtime anti-GM foods campaigner Smith
presents the "opposing" case. He offers cases where GM produced results that
were at best unexpected (increased starch content in potatoes), at worst
grotesque (pigs without genitals). He describes how one corporation reportedly
tried to bribe Canadian government scientists into approving genetically
engineered bovine growth hormones they deemed unsafe; how some scientists have
reported their careers were threatened as a result of their refusal to approve
certain GM products in the U.S.; and how "conflicts of interest, sloppy science,
and industry influence" can distort the approval process. The cases Smith
presents are scary and timely, but he explores only one side of the story.
Readers looking for a balance consideration of genetically modified foods will
want to look elsewhere.
Hunter Lovins, co-author of "Natural Capitalism"
The revelations in this powerful exposť could spark the revolution that the
topic [of genetically engineered foods] deserves.
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Yes! Books (September 2003)