by Steven Druker, review by Simi Summer, Ph.D.
Safe food activists and concerned consumers alike will not want to miss the newest entry into the GM food debate by public interest attorney Steven Druker. Endorsed by Dame Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace, the book has been launched at a critical time in the history of national and global food production.
Unwanted trends in the name of “sustainable agriculture” and international agricultural development point to the success of the Green Revolution in deceiving innocent farmers through biotechnology. This includes the widespread distribution of GM seeds to “solve” world hunger. Likewise, many countries with strict labeling laws, that have banned GMOs, are now considering commercial planting of GM crops. This reflects a change in collective thinking which seriously challenges international GM blockades currently in place. On the home front, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, otherwise known as the Dark Act, has been making headway, while GMO labeling supporters are busy letting congress know that this is not the kind of legislation they want implemented.
Although Druker’s book addresses the most current food safety concerns in an indirect manner, his topic is timely. He offers a compelling historical exposé of the way in which both the government and leading scientific bodies have convincingly misrepresented the facts about biotechnology. Druker claims that when GMO crops were first approved for commercial use in 1992, the government covered up and ignored the warnings of their own scientists, lied about the facts and subsequently violated federal food safety law by allowing these foods to be sold and marketed without using standard testing to prove that they were safe.
Druker blames the FDA for GMOs gaining a foothold in the food system, and as a result he sued the FDA in the public interest in the early 1990s. He cites the misleading endorsements of top scientific institutions including the National Academy of Sciences. Tracing the history of how government leaders and the public were deceived with regard to the safety and health hazards of GMOs, the book describes the unwanted repercussions of introducing the first GM food supplement ingredient L-tryptophan (an essential amino acid) into the food supply.
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth is a compelling account of the unfortunate global efforts to re-engineer the world food supply and the violation of ethical protocols of modern science which ignore the health and environmental consequences. The book has earned endorsements from respected scholars in the field of sustainable agriculture including John Ikerd and Fred Kirschenmann.
Steven Druker will be keynoting at the 2015 Acres U.S.A. Conference.
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public by Steven Druker, 2015. Clear River Press. Available from Acres U.S.A. For more information visit www.acresusa.com or call 800- 355-5313.
This review appears in the September 2015 issue of Acres U.S.A.