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Seeds of deception : exposing industry and government lies about the safety of the genetically engineered foods you're eating
Smith, Jeffrey M.
Personal Author:
paperback edition, second printing.
Publication Information:
Fairfield, IA : Yes Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
vi, 289 pages ; 23 cm

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TP248.65.F66 S65 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Without knowing it, Americans eat genetically modified (GM) food everyday. While the food and chemical industries claim that GMO food is safe, a considerable amount of evidence shows otherwise. In Seeds of Deception, Jeffrey Smith, a former executive with the leading independent laboratory testing for GM presence in foods, documents these serious health dangers and explains how corporate influence and government collusion have been used to cover them up.

The stories Smith presents read like a mystery novel. Scientists are offered bribes or threatened; evidence is stolen; data withheld or distorted. Government scientists who complain are stripped of responsibilities or fired. The FDA even withheld information from congress after a GM food supplement killed nearly a hundred people and permanently disabled thousands. While Smith was employed by the laboratory he was not allowed to speak on the health dangers or the cover-up. No longer bound by this agreement, Smith now reveals what he knows in this groundbreaking exposé.

Today, food companies sell GM foods that have not undergone safety studies. FDA scientists opposed this, but White House and industry pressure prevailed and the agency's final policy--co-authored by a former Monsanto attorney--denied the risks. The scientists' concerns were made public only after a lawsuit forced the agency to turn over internal documents.

Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture, describes the government's pro-biotech mindset: "You felt like you were almost an alien, disloyal, by trying to present an open-minded view. . . . So I pretty much spouted the rhetoric. . . . It was written into my speeches."

In Seeds of Deception Smith offers easy-to-understand descriptions of genetic engineering and explains why it can result in serious health problems. This well-documented, pivotal work will show you how to protect yourself and your family.

Author Notes

Jeffrey Smith is a master storyteller. Smith has worked with a nonprofit group to promote labeling of GM foods; proposed legislation to keep these foods out of schools to protect children; and worked at a GMO detection laboratory. He founded the Institute for Responsible Technology and lives in Iowa, surrounded by genetically modified corn and soybeans

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

The author compares himself to Upton Sinclair (The Jungle, 1906) and Rachel Carson (Silent Spring, 1961); he may also have a hidden financial interest in ruining the people and ventures behind genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with which to make new drugs and more or better food; or he is planning a business that would analyze and monitor GMOs in the marketplace; or he wishes to avert future doom to humankind. Who knows? He challenges readers with well-written stories to make readers believe that foods derived from GMOs are hazardous to health and the environment. The evidence provided for that theory is extremely flimsy and largely inconsequential. Sensing that, Smith relies heavily on persuading readers to subscribe to an astounding conspiracy theory. Thus, industry, with Monsanto the major player, along with bribed government regulators, notably in the US Food and Drug Administration, as well as the "managed" media and "bought" public opinion makers, all have duped farmers and consumers into allowing a select few to become rich at the expense of public health. It is interesting that Smith does not mention the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a potential ally--or are they also part of the cover-up, as this reviewer now has become. ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. M. Kroger emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

Table of Contents

Frances Moore LappeArran Stephans
Forewordp. iii
Prefacep. v
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 A Lesson from Overseasp. 5
Chapter 2 What Could Go Wrong--A Partial Listp. 47
Chapter 3 Spilled Milkp. 77
Chapter 4 Deadly Epidemicp. 107
Chapter 5 Government By the Industry, For the Industryp. 127
Chapter 6 Rolling the Dice with Allergiesp. 159
Chapter 7 Muscling the Mediap. 183
Chapter 8 Changing Your Dietp. 231
Chapter 9 What You Can Dop. 249
Epiloguep. 261
Appendix A GM Foods at a Glancep. 267
Appendix B Enzymes & Additivesp. 268
Notesp. 269
Indexp. 284
About the Authorp. 289