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Book Review: Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

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The book tells the fascinating and frequently astounding story of how the massive enterprise to reconfigure the genetic core of the world's food supply was born, how it has routinely advanced through illicit means, and how it is recklessly subjecting our health and the health of the environment to unacceptable risks. It reveals that the venture is not based on sound science, as its proponents claim, but on the evasion of the standards of science; and it shows how for more than three decades, a host of eminent biologists and esteemed institutions have systematically contorted the truth in order to conceal the unique risks of gene-altered foods - and get them onto our dinner plates.

The book also exposes how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) became a key accomplice, in furtherance of its explicit agenda "to foster" biotechnology. Based on documents pried from the FDA's files through a lawsuit that I initiated, it describes how the agency's politically appointed administrators disregarded the extensive warnings of their own scientists about the unusual risks of these novel products and ushered them onto supermarket shelves in violation of the mandates of federal food safety law. It further shows how they concealed their crime by covering up their experts' warnings and persistently lying about the facts, creating the illusion that genetically engineered (GE) foods have undergone rigorous scientific review when, in reality, the standard procedures of science have been circumvented. Consequently, for fifteen years, America's families have been regularly ingesting a group of novel products that are not only being sold illegally, but were determined to be unduly hazardous by the FDA's scientific staff.

By the time you've finished reading this story, it will be clear that the degradation of science it documents has not only been unsavory but unprecedented - and that in no other instance have so many scientists so seriously subverted the standards they were trained to uphold, misled so many people, and imposed such magnitude of risk on both human and environmental health.

Praise for the Book Following are examples of the accolades the book has received:

"A fascinating book: highly informative, eminently readable, and most enjoyable. It's a real page-turner and an eye-opener."  Richard C. Jennings, Ph.D. Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK

" Altered Genes, Twisted Truth is lucid, illuminating, and alarming. As a former New York City prosecutor, I was shocked to discover how the FDA illegally exempted GE foods from the rigorous testing mandated by federal statute. And as the mother of three young kids, I was outraged to learn how America's children are being callously exposed to experimental foods that were deemed abnormally risky by the FDA's own experts." Tara-Cook Littman, J.D.

"Altered Genes, Twisted Truth is very readable, thorough, logical and thought-provoking. Steven Druker exposes shenanigans employed to promote genetic engineering that will surprise even those who have followed the ag biotech industry closely for years. I strongly recommend his book." - Belinda Martineau, Ph.D. a co-developer of the first genetically engineered food and author of F irst Fruit: The Creation of the Flavr Savr Tomato and the Birth of Biotech Foods "Druker's brilliant expose catches the promoters of GE food red-handed: falsifying data, corrupting regulators, lying to Congress. He thoroughly demonstrates how distortions and deceptions have been piled one on top of another, year after year, producing a global industry that teeters on a foundation of fraud and denial. This book is sure to send shockwaves around the world."

Jeffrey M. Smith, international bestselling author of Seeds of Deception & Genetic Roulette "This incisive and insightful book is truly outstanding. It dispels the cloud of disinformation spread by the biotech industry and allied scientists that has duped people into believing GE foods are adequately tested and safe to eat. It's a must-read - and a pleasure to read."

David Schubert, Ph.D. molecular biologist and Head of Cellular Neurobiology, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

A Release in Two Parts

Because there's intense interest in the GE food issue in California this autumn, due to a ballot initiative that would require mandatory labeling of the foods in that state, I'm releasing the first eight chapters of the book (which form a riveting, stand-alone story) now as Part One, priced at $5.99 in the U.S. The last seven chapters are slated for release as Part Two in Spring 2013 (likewise in E-book form, priced at $3.99). At that time, the complete book will be released in a printed version (hard and soft cover) distributed by Chelsea Green, and also as an E-book for those who have not already purchased Part One. 

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