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

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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 ...
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Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers

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Overview

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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What People Are Saying

Nora Pouillion
It is great that Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston have had the courage and the dedication to research the controversial subject of genetically engineered foods so thoroughly. Every aspect is covered-health hazards, effects on the environment, where to shop, what to avoid-allowing us to choose where our interests lie and, from this, check resources and make educated decisions. This guide must surely become the bible for the concerned consumer.
Peggy O'Mara
I breathed a sigh of relief as I picked up this book. Finally, there's a reliable source of information for consumers on the confusing subject of genetically engineered foods. In clear language, Cummins and Lilliston guide us to greater knowledge…and greater hopefulness. If you only read one book on GE foods, this should be the one.
—(Peggy O'Mara, Editor and Publisher, Mothering Magazine)
Renske Van Staveren
A fundamental right of consumers is knowing what kind of foods they are purchasing. Genetically engineered foods are taking this right away from consumers. This book helps make the marketplace more democratic, giving consumers the information they need to make choices in buying food for their families. I look forward to seeing this book on every coffee table in America.
— (Renske van Staveren, National Coordinator, Genetic Engineering Action Network, USA)
Cheryl Long
Cummins and Lilliston are clear, accurate and compelling. If you want to understand the dangers of genetically engineered food, this is the book you need. And if you want to make safe food choices for your family, this is the book you should buy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786740413
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,277,572
  • File size: 672 KB

Meet the Author

Ronnie Cummins is the national director of the Organic Consumers Association (www.purefood.org) and the editor of “BioDemocracy News,” a monthly online newsletter devoted to genetic engineering, factory farming, and organics. Ben Lilliston is a writer on health and the environment and is the communications coordinator for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction : what's for dinner?
The genetically engineered foods controversy 1
1 What is genetic engineering? 15
2 What are the human health risks of genetically engineered foods? 29
3 What are the environmental hazards of GE foods? 53
4 What are the social and ethical hazards of genetically engineered foods and crops? 69
5 How are genetically engineered foods regulated in the U.S. and worldwide? 91
6 What food products, ingredients, and companies should you avoid? 112
7 Which companies and stores are going GE-free? 135
8 Foods and brands you should buy and where you can find them 177
9 How you can shop and act with purpose 201
10 Where to find out more 208
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2015

    I knew instinctively that I was against GE foods, and absolutely

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2000

    Food for Thought

    Until I came upon the work of mercers, Cummings and Lilliston, I had a typically blasé attitude to food and what may be lurking in it. This meticulously reseached book is easy to follow and well laid out. It describes the systematic and ghoulish altering of the world's seed base and foodstuffs by gigantic and unaccountable multi-nationals for little more than short-sighted profit. If we 'are what we eat' -heaven help us! The big food companies have proved that 'man's inhumanity to man' has taken on a new and more pervasive mien. The book is a rallying cry to us hapless consumers, to cease being the unwitting victims of callous manipulation and vote with our wallets. There is good wholesome food out there and this Self-defense Guide even suggests where it is to be found.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    Food for Thought

    Did you know that foods labeled 'natural' are not necessarily free of chemicals? I thought I was a careful and conscientious food shopper until I read this book. Cummins and Lilliston put a new twist on the question 'what's for dinner?' by offering up-to-the-minute information on the growing trend of genetically engineered food. In straight forward language they detail the horrors of health hazards brought about by Frankenfoods -- outlining the risks to our health, our environment, and our global agricultural industry. Even better, they offer all kinds of resources for buying organic and none-GE foods, plus practical suggestions and strategies you can take if you want to get more involved in making your voice known that you do not want to serve plates of dangerous technology at your dinner table. The authors remind you that a simple FAX, letter or e-mail can have an impact on corporations that are involved in bioengineered food, and that voting with your food dollars can speak volumes.

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