Lift Review: Hard to Swallow
Hard to swallow: the dangers of GE food: an international expose
Jeffrey M. Smith published by Craig Cotton (published by “YES!” 2003 as “Seeds of Deception”)
‘This book is a major event in informing the public about the safety (or more precisely the lack of it) of genetically modified foods, which are hailed to be one of the most important scientific developments of our age…. A particular strength of the book - and this will be hated by the pro-GM lobby – is that it uses very colourful but easily understandable language to describe what is usually regarded as ‘high’ science.’ Arpad Pusztai, Ph.D, British expert on safety research.
This scientist’s own story of his research being killed by corporate powers features in the book, and in a documentary film later produced by Smith – “Genetic Roulette” 2012. Other topics in the book include a clear description of how genetic engineering is carried out, alarming results in many experiments, how company research is rigged, the covering up of disturbing evidence of health dangers, corporate power in government and the media, and advice on avoiding GE food in your diet.
This issue is becoming even more important with the possibility that the proposed TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) would allow powerful transnational corporations to influence food production in NZ more than it already does. We have plenty of processed food on supermarket shelves based on food (e.g. corn, soy) from GE-dominated America.