Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers

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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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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: 9781569244692
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/9/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 652,443
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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