255 pages, no illustrations
Worldwide industry manipulation and political collusion, rather than sound science, are trying to force genetically engineered food into our daily diet. But Seeds of Deception reveals that alarming evidence of health dangers is covered up, that company research is rigged, and that intense political and corporate pressure is applied to accelerate the spread of GM crops. It shows that: Scientists have been offered bribes or threatened; Evidence has been stolen, and critical data has been omitted from research reports or distorted; Government employees who complained have been harassed, stripped of responsibilities, or fired; Laboratory rats fed a GM crop developed stomach lesions, and seven of the forty rats died within two weeks - the crop was approved without further tests; When a top British scientist tried to alert the public about his alarming discoveries, he lost his job and was silenced with threats of a lawsuit.
Seeds of Deception includes the internal memos by US Food & Drug Administration scientists which warn of toxins, allergies, and new diseases; all these memos were ignored by their superiors, who included a former lawyer for Monsanto. The book also reveals how industry studies are designed to avoid finding problems; and that the FDA withheld information from Congress after a genetically modified supplement killed nearly a hundred people and disabled thousands.
Jeffrey M. 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 US Congress to raise public awareness of the health and environmental impacts. He is the founding director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, a member of the Sierra Club Genetic Engineering Committee, the steering committee of the Genetic Engineering Action Network (GEAN), and the advisory board of the Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods.
`This is a brilliant book.....it positively fizzes with the human drama of the cabals and conspiracies behind the scenes which have littered the history of Big Biotech in its frantic efforts to get itself accepted. It is meticulously documented and owerfully written, somewhere between a documentary and a thriller.' from the Foreword by Michael Meacher MP
`Some books - The Jungle, Silent Spring, Our Stolen Future - start revolutions. Jeffrey M. Smith's Seeds of Deception, an expose on genetically engineered foods, should join these ranks. If you think I'm exaggerating, then you don't know as much about the genetic engineering of foods crops as you should.' Diane Olson Rutter, Catalyst magazine (US)
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