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Seeds of Deception
Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating
by Jeffrey M. Smith
Yes! Books, 2003, Paperback, 240 pages
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.
Praise for Seeds of Deception
"Genetically engineered foods are born of shortsighted thinking and disrespect for natural systems. Seeds of Deception shows how distortions, omissions, and cover-ups are used to prop up this bad idea. The revelations in this powerful exposé could spark the revolution that this topic deserves." - Hunter Lovins, Co-author, Natural Capitalism
"Seeds of Deception is the first book to make a convincing case for the existence of a genuine conspiracy on the part of the biotechnology industry to suppress free speech, debate and even scientific dialogue about the safety and value of GMOs. In doing so, Jeffrey Smith paints a vivid and disturbing picture of governmental passivity and scientific neglect of urgent problems associated with genetically engineered agriculture. By putting together over a dozen episodes of interference and collusion against activists who have questioned the wisdom of proceeding unabated with this collective, non-consensual experiment with our food, Smith shows how industry proponents have done themselves and a whole generation of consumers a massive disservice in the name of corporate profits and short-term private gain." - Marc Lappé, Ph.D., Co-Director, The Center for Ethics and Toxics (CETOS)
"Jeffrey Smith's lucid, informative, and tightly argued exposé of genetically modified foods lays bare the blockbuster food safety issue of the 21st century. Although Americans slept as the biotech industry quietly kidnapped our food supply, Europe sent the miscreants-typified by Monsanto-packing. Mr. Smith presents a roadmap of insensitivity by America's food giants and a blueprint of action to stop them from wreaking further havoc." - James S. Turner, Author, The Chemical Feast: The Nader Report on the Food and Drug Administration
Foreword by Frances Moore Lappé
Preface by Arran Stephans, President, Nature's Path Foods v
Introduction 1 Full
Chapter 1: A Lesson From Overseas 5 Summary Excerpt
Chapter 2: What Could Go Wrong-A Partial List 47 Summary Excerpt
Chapter 3: Spilled Milk 77 Summary
Chapter 4: Deadly Epidemic 107 Summary
Chapter 5: Government By the Industry, For the Industry 127 Summary Excerpt
Chapter 6: Rolling the Dice with Allergies 159 Summary Excerpt
Chapter 7: Muscling the Media 183 Summary
Chapter 8: Changing Your Diet 231 Summary
Chapter 9: What You Can Do 249 Summary Excerpt
Epilogue 261 Summary Excerpt
Appendix A: GM Foods at a Glance 267
Appendix B: Enzymes & Additives 268
Jeffrey M. Smith is the director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, a member of the Genetic Engineering Committee of the Sierra Club, on the Steering Committee of the Genetic Engineering Action Network, and on the advisory board of the Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods.
In 1998, Mr. Smith ran for U.S. Congress to raise public awareness of the health and environmental impacts. He later became vice president of marketing for a GMO detection laboratory.
Seeds of Deception, researched and written after he left the industry, combines Smith's passion for these causes with his extensive knowledge of the risks and cover-ups behind genetically modified foods. He has a master's degree in business administration and lives with his wife in Iowa, surrounded by genetically modified corn and soybeans.