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Genetically engineered food : a self-defense guide for consumers
Cummins, Ronnie.
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New York : Marlowe, 2000.
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xvi, 208 pages ; 21 cm
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TP248.65.F66 C85 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Making a case against genetically engineered food, the editors of the online newsletter Campaign for Food Safety News point out the foods and ingredients most likely to be genetically engineered, the positions taken by major supermarket chains, and how to avoid GE foods in restaurants.

Author Notes

Ronnie Cummins is the national director of the Organic Consumers Association and the editor of BioDemocracy News
Ben Lilliston is a writer on health and the environment and is the communications coordinator for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis.

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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. --Vanessa Bush

Table of Contents

Andrew Kimbrell
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Introduction: What's for Dinner?
The Genetically Engineered Foods Controversyp. 1
1. What is Genetic Engineering?p. 15
2. What Are the Human Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods?p. 29
3. What Are the Environmental Hazards of GE Crops?p. 48
4. What Are the Social and Ethical Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods and Crops?p. 62
5. How Are Genetically Engineered Foods Regulated in the U.S. and Worldwide?p. 83
6. What Food Products, Ingredients, and Companies Should You Avoid?p. 102
7. Which Companies and Stores Are Going GE-Free?p. 125
8. Foods and Brands You Should Buy and Where You Can Find Themp. 149
9. How You Can Shop and Act with Purposep. 174
10. Where to Find Out Morep. 181
Endnotesp. 201