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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.

hard to swallowThis 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.

LIFT's Latest Book Review

This changes everything: Capitalism vs the climate
 
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Naomi Klein interviews Greta Thunberg in New York - September 9, 2019.

 

Reviewed by Juliet Adams

 This is one of the most important books in LIFT.

It explains everything about what’s wrong with our world (well, almost!). It tells us about everything that is being done and that can be done to change the situation and save our future (well, almost!).  

If Naomi Klein had included any more topics the book would have been too heavy!  

Don’t let that put you off. It may take a lot of time to read; maybe you’ll even skip some  pages (I couldn’t!) But it will enlighten you with its detail, thoroughly backed by references, on so  many important topics, revealed in everyday language with clarifying examples.

She writes: “So my mind keeps coming back to the question: what is wrong with us? What is really preventing us  from putting out the fire that is threatening to burn down our collective house? 

“I think the answer is far more simple than many have led us to believe: we have not done the things  that are necessary to lower emissions because those things fundamentally conflict with deregulated  capitalism, the reigning ideology for the entire period we have been struggling to find a way out of  this crisis. We are stuck because the actions that would give us the best chance of averting  catastrophe – and would benefit the vast majority – are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media  outlets.”

Not only does she explain how and why things have gone wrong with each aspect (climate  change, fossil fuels’ dominance, free market fundamentalism, big business and greenwashing,  misplaced dreams of technology, greedy exploitation of the planet and its people, to name a few) ;  she also explains for each one the actions that have been taken and are being taken to remedy  them.

She doesn’t just leave that till a chapter at the end, as many writers do.

One LIFT member has pointed out that she has not explained the rising tide of alternative money systems that could reduce the power of those controlling many of the problems.  A good  point.  Maybe that will be her next book?  This book is inspiring!

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