Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods

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Eating genetically modified food is gambling with every bite.

The biotech industry's claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe is shattered in this groundbreaking book. Sixty-five health risks of the foods that Americans eat every day are presented in easy-to-read two-page spreads. The left page is designed for the quick scanning reader; it includes bullets, illustrations, and quotes. The right side offers fully referenced text, describing both research studies and ...

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Eating genetically modified food is gambling with every bite.

The biotech industry's claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe is shattered in this groundbreaking book. Sixty-five health risks of the foods that Americans eat every day are presented in easy-to-read two-page spreads. The left page is designed for the quick scanning reader; it includes bullets, illustrations, and quotes. The right side offers fully referenced text, describing both research studies and theoretical risks. The second half of Genetic Roulette shows how safety assessments on GM crops are not competent to identify the health problems presented in the first half. It also exposes how industry research is rigged to avoid finding problems.

This book, prepared in with input by more than 30 scientists, is for anyone wanting to understand GM technology, to learn how to protect themselves, or to share their concerns with others. It is presented in the clear, accessible style that made Jeffrey Smith's Seeds of Deception the world's best-selling book on genetically engineered foods. As the world's most complete reference on the health risks of GM foods, Genetic Roulette is also ideal for schools and libraries.

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"When I worked at Monsanto, I warned both scientists and executives that our GM foods may cause disease, but no one was even willing to listen, let alone investigate the unpredicted side effects. For them, it was all about profit. Now our whole population is threatened by the serious dangers described in Genetic Roulette."--Kirk J. Azevedo, DC

"Congratulations, Jeffrey Smith, for your courage. Thanks to your tireless investigations, we need wonder no longer why corporations spreading GMOs are so secretive, why they've spent hundreds of millions to keep us from even knowing which foods contain GMOs. They don't want us to examine the shoddy science, the suppressed evidence, and, most of all, the real health risks that GMOs present. Read Genetic Roulette not only to protect yourself and your family but to learn through this breath-taking story what all Americans need to do to reclaim our democracy and protect our planet."-- Frances Moore Lappé, author of Democracy's Edge and Diet for a Small Planet

"I used to test for soy allergies all the time, but now that soy is genetically engineered, it is so dangerous that I tell people never to eat it--unless it says organic. Genetic Roulette tells you why you must avoid genetically engineered foods to stay healthy."--John H. Boyles, MD, ear, nose, and throat, and allergy specialist

"Jeffrey Smith is the leading world expert in the understanding and communication of the health issues surrounding genetically modified foods. Genetic Roulette, which brings in original contributions by eminent scientists worldwide, makes it crystal clear that the American FDA should not be so cavalier about the potential dangers of these procedures."--Candace Pert, PhD, author of Molecules of Emotion and Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d and former Chief of the Section, National Institutes of Health

"The most comprehensive, well-documented, and highly readable exposé on the serious health dangers of GM foods."--Samuel S. Epstein, MD, professor emeritus of Environmental Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972966528
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/16/2007
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 459,098
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

International bestselling author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, Jeffrey M. Smith is a widely popular spokesperson on the documented health risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how biotech companies rig research, gag critics, hijack regulators, and spin fantastic unfulfilled promises. His Institute for Responsible Technology's Campaign for Healthier Eating in America is designed to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of GMOs to force them out of the food supply. The campaign encourages public and private showings of the Monsanto film and offers support material at He lives in Fairfield, Iowa. You can visit Jeffrey's blog on the Huffington Post at

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Table of Contents

Foreword / Michael Meacher
Introduction : Deceptions, assumptions, and denial
exposing the roots of genetically modified crops
Terms and concepts used throughout this book
pt. 1. The documented health risks of genetically engineered foods
Evidence of reactions in animals and humans
Gene insertion disrupts the DNA
The protein produced by the inserted gene may create problems
The foreign protein may be different than what is intended
Transfer of genes to gut bacteria, internal organs, or viruses
GM crops may increase environmental toxins and bioaccumulate toxins in the food chain
Other types of GM foods carry risks
Risks are greater for children and newborns
Connecting the dots : looking for patterns and causes
Introduction to Parts 2 and 3
pt. 2. The regulation of GM foods is inadequate to protect public health Regulators are often hijacked by the biotech industry
Inadequate testing requirements are the norm among GM crop regulators worldwide
Lack of safeguards exposes the food supply to GM contamination
pt. 3. Industry studies are not competent to identify most of the unpredicted side effects
The enormous pressure not to discover problems results in very few studies, most of which are poorly done
Case study : one scientist's shock with GM research
Case study : spinning failure into proclamations of success
Animal feeding studies overlook most potential problems
Compositional studies are not comprehensive enough to detect hazards
Evaluating allergenicity is not guaranteed
Case study : the blood test on StarLink's protein was flawed
Case study : irregularities marred evaluations of Monsanto's GM drug, recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH)
Canadian GM food approvals are assumption-based
Chart of several safety-related assumptions that have been proven wrong
False assumptions that viral genes in disease-resistant crops won't recombine to create new viruses
pt. 4. Flaws in the arguments used to justify GM crops
Why GM crops are not needed to feed the world
Golden rice is the wrong way to supplement vitamin A
Gathering data and staying up-to-date on the risks of GM foods
How to avoid eating genetically modified foods
List of GM crops
Food enzymes from genetically modified organisms
Special alert on aspartame, a genetically engineered sweetener
Institute for Responsible Technology
Credentials of those cited often in the text
About the author

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"This is the authentic book on genetic modification that the world has been waiting for. . . . The case presented is absolutely a smoking shotgun that should stop in its tracks any dabbling with GM foods, whether by individual families, food companies, or indeed nations. . . . Jeffrey Smith is one of the great campaigners of our age, a relentless pursuer of the truth, a fearless advocate in the corporate world of secret influence, and a ceaseless promoter of the public interest across the world. He is the modern David against the GM Goliath. This book may well provide the sling-shot to change the global course of events this century."--Excerpts from the foreword by Michael Meacher, MP, former UK government environment minister

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Wow! This is an excellent book! The video is extremely excellent

    Wow! This is an excellent book! The video is extremely excellent as well! ...
    If you value your life and health, and the life and health of your family, this is a must read book. 
    Jeffrey Smith is an extremely intelligent author. What would we do without people like this? 
    Every home is the USA should have a copy of this book or the video, for sure.

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  • Posted January 15, 2014

    I'm not one of those tree-hugging liberals. I like science, I le

    I'm not one of those tree-hugging liberals. I like science, I learned in school that genetic engineering was a GOOD thing, and years ago I was a plebe at Arthur D. Little (support staff, not a scientist). For years my earthy-crunchy friends have been warning me of the dangers of GMO's in the food and I ignored them, reasoning I was not about to take up Yoga and become a vegetarian.

    Then my kids got sick and we learned part of the problem was stuff hidden in the food...

    My day-job is attorney. Before I swallow a bunch of hogwash to double my grocery bill and start buying organic, I want some EVIDENCE. Hard, credible, reliable scientific evidence from credible, realistic scientists who don't have an agenda and not a bunch of quacks. I also want counter-evidence about why I shouldn't believe the OTHER guy's evidence of all the reasons GMO's are safe. Dr. Jeffrey M. Smith convinced me.

    I did my time working at Arther D. Little years ago helping the scientists document the effects of this substance or that on rats. I was just an office assistant back then, but I worked there just long enough to understand there is a vast difference between the 90-day initial safety studies the food industry trots out as justification for claiming these substances are safe, and a 3-year longitudinal study where they examine the long-term effects of something on animals. You ever hear of anybody who smoked a cigarette and died of lung cancer in 90 days? No. It takes years ... same as it does for rats. Those 2,000 GMO-funded studies ... they're all 90-day studies. The few studies that have been done to study the effects of Bte-toxin-producing-GMO-food on animals that lasted longer than that ... oof! Scary. Scary scary scary. Don't want to eat it no more. Nope. You convinced me. Until Big-Ag produces 2,000 LONG-TERM studies, I'm not buying their food.

    I'm still cautious about what I believe, but since we cleaned out all the GMO's in our diet, my kid's problems are gradually getting better. There were two effects, the all of a sudden decrease in irritability which occured about the third day after we stripped GMO's out of our diet (we had no idea we were all so irritable all the time until all of a sudden we weren't anymore), and then the more gradual lessening of some of his other physiological symptoms.

    There's a lot of quacks out there spinning pseudo-science, all with their hands out, trying to get you to take this fruity-tooty class, buy this product, embrace this lifestyle or start doing some pretty strange things. Ignore those quacks. Dr. Jeffrey Smith has been able to credibly back up every claim he's made, and when he doesn't know or the evidence is sparse, he's honest about it. Buy this book and use it to help you figure out which lifestyle chioces you wish to make in YOUR family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Haven't arrived yet

    Surprisingly.... I haven't received any of these yet

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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