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2008 Independent Publisher
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Outstanding Book of the Year
Most Progressive Health Book
2008 Eric Hoffer Award
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Four-time award-winning Shedding Light on Genetically Engineered Food is a stunning eye-opener! It reveals information you need to know that you won’t find in the mainstream media and delves into how some of the top corporations that control your food have repeatedly done business at the expense of public health. It tells the truth about GE food and how and why you have been kept in the dark about it. The book also outlines what foods to avoid and how you can take action in getting involved with organizations that are advocating for public health.
This novel technology has virtually invaded the grocery store and taken over the food on our shelves. An estimated 70-75% of processed foods on supermarket shelves-from soda to soup, corn chips to veggie burgers, pizza, and even baby food and infant formula-contain GE ingredients.
Whether you’re “into health” or not, you eat three meals a day. Genetically engineered foods have never been proven safe for human consumption. This is personal.
Nearly every independent animal feeding safety study on GE foods (not funded by the biotechnology industry) demonstrates adverse or unexplained health effects. We’re eating GE food, too. What is it doing to us?
There are many documented health risks associated with GE food. According to independent scientists, human health effects of consuming GE foods can include toxic and allergic reactions, antibiotic resistance, immune suppression, and other serious illnesses.
Dr. David Suzuki, scientist, geneticist, and environmentalist recently commented about GMOs:
“Any scientist that tells you they are safe is either ignorant or lying to you.”
As one of the U.S. regulatory agencies, the FDA’s mission is to protect public health. So where does the FDA stand on the safety of genetically engineered foods? As far as U.S. regulatory agencies are concerned, if a biotech company says its products are safe, that is enough for approval.
In its 1992 Statement of Food Policy, the FDA asserted:
“Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.”
But wait! According to biotech-giant Monsanto’s former director of corporate communications,
“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”
So, if neither the U.S. government nor the U.S. food producers are responsible for the safety of genetically modified food, who is?
"The FDA has placed the interest of a handful of biotechnology companies ahead of their responsibility to protect public health. By failing to require testing and labeling of genetically engineered foods, the agency has made consumers unknowing guinea pigs for potentially harmful, unregulated food substances."
Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety
Some people have asked, “Where is the proof that GE food is dangerous?” The real question ought to be:
Where is the independent scientific evidence that GE food is safe?
Only a handful of independent safety tests have ever been conducted and none prove safety of GE food for human consumption. Nearly every independent animal feeding study on GE food shows adverse or unexplained effects, such as problems with their growth and organ development, damaged immune systems and damaged organs, bleeding stomachs, and increased death rates.
According to independent scientists, human health effects of consuming GE food can include toxic and allergic reactions, antibiotic resistance, immune suppression, and other serious illnesses.
Conventional milk products such as cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and butter may be altered with a synthetic GE bovine growth hormone (rBGH). The rBGH effect on humans has been linked to elevated risks of cancer. As a side effect of rBGH, cows have been known to suffer from shortened life spans, mastitis, increased birth defects, and high rates of diseases, infertility, and stress.
Based on scientific evidence, Canada, 28 European member states, Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Japan have all banned the use and import of rBGH milk and dairy products.
Genetically engineered food is not labeled in the United States. At the same time, more than 40 countries have either banned GE food outright or have laws requiring the labeling of it—giving citizens in those countries information about genetically altered food and the freedom to choose not to eat it.
Why isn’t GE food labeled in the U.S.? Why can’t states regulate GE crops? Shedding Light on Genetically Engineered Food explains why, and how the biotech industry has spent millions of dollars to fight proposed labeling laws—to prevent you from access to TRUTHFUL information.
The first step is to realize that this is personal – nothing gets more personal than what we eat every day. We must advocate for ourselves. Get informed and read this book—it tells the truth about GE food and how and why you have been kept in the dark about it. The book also outlines what foods to avoid and how you can take action in getting involved with organizations that are advocating for public health.
Only when you are informed can you make the choices that are right for you and your family. This is too important to put off until later.