Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers|
by Ronnie Cummins (Author), Ben Lilliston (Author), Frances Moore Lappé (Author)
The 1995 outbreak of "mad cow" disease in Europe provoked public attention to
genetically engineered or modified food, a concern that has spread to the U.S.
Cummins and Lilliston, food safety advocates, examine the scientific, political,
economic, and health issues. With billions of dollars in profits at stake, the
biotech food industry promises that new technology will end world hunger and
improve public health and the environment. Cummins and Lilliston weigh those
promises against the unpredictability of the new technology, and the fact that
much of it hasn't been adequately tested for safety and that its products are
being distributed without labeling. Genetically modified organisms are so common
that they are part of the average consumer's daily intake in food from breakfast
cereals to infant formula to margarine. The authors include information on what
consumers can do, from smart shopping to grassroots lobbying, to reduce the
threat of genetically engineered food. This is a thorough and well-researched
look at an issue of growing public concern.
Jim Hightower, author of If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given
"Being a consumer is not a passive act. It means taking charge. This book tells
you how." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Marlowe & Company; 2 edition (June 1, 2004)