- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (September 24, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606434535
- ISBN-13: 978-1606434536
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,763,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Biotech Empire: The Untold Future of Food, Pills, and Sex Paperback – September 24, 2008
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Think government regulation of food and drugs is there to protect you and your family? Think again. Pesticides classified as known carcinogens slip through the EPA because cost saving benefits to growers outweigh the dangers to humans.
Long gone are the days of Teddy Roosevelt, pushing through legislation to protect consumers from the ways of the meat-packing industry. Advances in health and science in the hands of drug companies and agro-business are only making us sicker.
The wall between government and the industries they regulate is a complete facade and we are paying with our health.
Far from being preachy, Bosworth merely lays out the facts - albeit, in gasp-inducing morsels of evidence. I found myself following my husband around the house reading aloud in exasperation at the amount of information that goes completely unreported in the corporate "mainstream" media on the topic.
To name a few:
- Fox News actually fired a reporter for refusing to falsify her thorough and accurate report linking Bovine Growth Hormone in dairy products and illness. (on a side note, the court actually reversed her $425K award for wrongful termination - the judge said that Fox's forcing her to lie in a news report was not actually illegal. How's that for government complicity??)
- Big Pharma spends 2-3 times as much on marketing and executive salaries than they do on R&D. (Why develop drugs for a variety of different symptoms, when you can just convince customers that they all have the same ailment?)
- One of the 100 legally binding orders the American government foisted on the Iraqi people? The Iraqi farmers must buy terminator seeds (seeds that cannot be replanted) from American agro-businesses like Monsanto and cannot compete with their own seed - seed they've been maintaining for a thousands of years.
Those who listen to "Democracy Now" and other independent media sources can quickly distinguish between real journalism and the press-releases that pass for news in the "mainstream" media. It's books like Biotech Empire that help the truth get through the noise. I'd definitely recommend reading it, and spreading the word.