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Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers [Paperback]

Ronnie Cummins , Ben Lilliston , Frances Moore Lappé
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June 29, 2004 1569244693 978-1569244692 2nd
Stormy debates about genetically engineered (GE) food have raged throughout the world in recent years, and the issue is now more potent than ever. Seventy to eighty percent of processed foods now sold in supermarkets contain genetically engineered ingredients, and the trend is growing at a startling rate. This second, completely revised edition of Genetically Engineered Food is an all-in-one guide written specifically to help consumers educate themselves about the risks posed by GE foods. Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston, both leading consumer advocates, provide comprehensive, up-to-the-minute, action-inspiring information, including how to identify GE foods, products to avoid, brands that are GE-free, and how to shop and act with a purpose. They discuss all of the ethical, environmental, and health arguments against GE food, how these foods are being regulated in the United States and abroad, and why consumers are right to oppose them. Genetically Engineered Foods is the first and still one of the few consumer-oriented guides addressing this important subject.

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The 1995 outbreak of "mad cow" disease in Europe provoked public attention to genetically engineered or modified food, a concern that has spread to the U.S. Cummins and Lilliston, food safety advocates, examine the scientific, political, economic, and health issues. With billions of dollars in profits at stake, the biotech food industry promises that new technology will end world hunger and improve public health and the environment. Cummins and Lilliston weigh those promises against the unpredictability of the new technology, and the fact that much of it hasn't been adequately tested for safety and that its products are being distributed without labeling. Genetically modified organisms are so common that they are part of the average consumer's daily intake in food from breakfast cereals to infant formula to margarine. The authors include information on what consumers can do, from smart shopping to grassroots lobbying, to reduce the threat of genetically engineered food. This is a thorough and well-researched look at an issue of growing public concern. Vanessa Bush
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"Being a consumer is not a passive act. It means taking charge. This book tells you how." -- Jim Hightower, author of If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates

"Cummins and Lilliston are top investigative writers and activists who spill the beans about what's wrong with genetically engineered food..." -- John Stauber, co-author of Toxic Sludge is Good For You and Mad Cow USA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 2nd edition (June 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569244693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569244692
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that Needed to be Written November 10, 2000
By D. Read
I knew instinctively that I was against GE foods, and absolutely in favor of mandatory labeling of GE foods, but I did not know the actual facts behind the argument against GE foods. This book lays out those facts clearly. The authors make no attempt to hide the fact that they are against GE foods, but they do not let their bias get in the way of their reporting of the facts. There's no ranting and raving or kook-talk going on here. True, there are not enough facts to go around on this issue, but what few *independent* studies have been done have produced alarming results. The book also does an excellent job of illustrating how so many other countries around the world have absolutely rejected GE foods. The costs paid by the American farmer are also discussed. And there is a ton of consumer-related info. If you eat food, you need this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I wish there was more information...... January 26, 2003
As far as it goes, GENTICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS is an excellent book. My only complaint is that the research to date on this topic is pathetic. Of course this is exactly what Ronnie Cummings says. For whatever reason, the Clinton administration and the current administration don't seem to be overly concerned about what is happening to our food supply. The amazing thing is that most GMOs hit the market in the past 10 years. If you weren't paying attention in the 1990s, you need to know that you probably were not alone. The bottom line is that the food you are eating today is not what we ate as recently as 15 years ago.
We all heard about the Monarch butterflies and the bovine growth hormone, but most of us had no idea just how many organisms--plants and animals--had been altered and were now part of the food chain. Cummins book describes just what we missed and although he writes somewhat provocatively, much of what he has to say is being said by others. In fact, the Monsanto potato has been discussed in many books and articles. Fortunately, big businesses like McDonald's are beginning to pay attention.
Since the government can't or won't act, bringing about a difference will be up to the public. You can vote with your food dollars. Although you may not be ready to go completely organic (you really should for your health's sake) you can at least avoid the worst kinds of foods. The bottom line is that we really don't know what GMOs will do to the human body. I for one am not ready to be an experimental subject and I certainly don't want children to become subjects either. Read this book and act.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Resourceful Book January 8, 2005
This is a wonderful, resourceful book that captured my attention as I read all about genetically engineered food and the companies that deal with them.

I particularly liked the resources found in the back, ranging from the CSA's to listings of Organic Seed Companies. I also appreciated reading about the names of companies that do not produce genetically engineered food. Excellent!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the Offense with "GE Food: A Self Defense Guide" October 22, 2000
This new book on the dangers of genetically engineered or modified foods is a great lay persons' guide through the scientific jargon and concepts of genetic engineering or modification. Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston have helped readers to become citizen scientists and to be prepared to answer and discuss the many issues surrounding the genetic engineering of our food systems.
Whether you are preparing for a meeting with an elected official about food and technology policies, or meeting with your chapter of the PTA, this handbook will place facts and figures at your fingertips.
They begin their story with the basics of genetic engineering agricultural biotechnology and weave through the health and ecological risks associated with this techology. But this book is not just about the risks and social and ethical hazards modern societies face with genetic engineering.
The book offers practical information about what genetically modified food products and ingredients one should avoid, and the companies who make them. In presenting information about the regulatory processes in the United States and other parts of the world, Cummins and Lilliston give us all the necessary information to bring to bear on government officials and agencies to act for the public good. There are also tips about calling and writing to companies that produce or distribute ge foods. In fact, the movement to regulate ge/gm foods may have its greatest impact upon these companies who are very sensitive to public opinion and the marketability of these new products.
Besides recommendations for avoiding ge foods, their vision includes acting and shopping with a purpose. The last chapter, where to find out more, is worth the price alone as an invaluable resource for educating and agitating in your community.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DECIDE BEFORE YOU EAT IT ! February 3, 2006
Genetically engineered food has not been proven that causes obvious dangerous results.This is what the major food companies claim to be true and this is what they use as a strong argument for not labeling the products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. This book does what governments should have done around the world years now uncovers all the companies that use such ingredients after have been tested. Explains why the dangerous disinformation we get from the promoters of the gene foods can be dangerous not only for our health but for the future of humankind and goes even deeper analyzing the structure of this propaganda and how it works. At the end includes a list of companies with real organic foods and many sources like books lists catalogues web sites were you can find the informations you need to find what we should eat.

I must mention that i had really good time reading this book and specially the part that mentions the six myths that the companies use to present us the genetically engineered food as the panacea that is going to save the world. I doubt that your life is going to be the same after you will gather all these information.

P.S. it deserves five stars because it makes you feel much safer after you read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eating GE crops is the same as eating the chemicals sprayed on them
Anyone that has done their own reading and research on this subject knows to avoid any of the GMO products on the market. Read more
Published on August 30, 2012 by JenniferNY
5.0 out of 5 stars genetically engineered food
I am glad that there are books like genetically engineered foods. I've eaten them. As a matter of fact I have been saving a supersize package of McDonald's fries since November and... Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by 1Gruvychixn
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Point of View
Interestingly, I look at this issue in quite a different way. GM food is tested and has been shown to be safe. Read more
Published on August 7, 2006 by Paul Spence
This book is information that everyone should be aware of. Cummins and Lilliston have revealed the duping of Americans in plain language that anyone can comprehend. Read more
Published on October 13, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars well done!
cummins and lilliston have put their extensive skills in investigative reporting towards writing this excellent consumer guide. a must-read--very well done!
Published on October 12, 2000
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