Description: In a plain, but clear and straightforward manner, the author of this book explains the technologies underlying genetically modified foods and discusses important issues, such as labeling, safeguards in place from regulators, and the environmental impact surrounding genetically modified foods. One of the unique features of this book is the "question-and-answer" boxes in which the author addresses key issues and real case histories to illustrate the development and regulation of genetically modified foods. He also provides calculations such as "calculating dietary exposure" and "dietary exposure to (novel) proteins" in these boxes to address consumers' concerns.
Purpose: The purpose is to help consumers to make informed and educated choices about genetically modified foods.
Audience: This book is written for ordinary consumers who are concerned about the safety associated with increasingly available genetically modified food.
Features: The author provides the science behind genetically modified foods. He explains basic terminology, such as "genetic modification" and "genetically modified organism," and then outlines the basic genetics and how the genetically modified foods are created. A spectrum of important issues, such as the environmental impact, popular misconceptions, labeling, allergenicity associated by consuming genetically modified foods, regulatory process, patents, etc., are also discussed.
Assessment: An increasing availability of genetically modified foods in the marketplace has generated interesting debate about this controversial technology. The author discusses a whole spectrum of issues surrounding the creation and consumption of genetically modified foods in a very direct and interesting way. This is a well-written and very useful reference to consumers. The author's credentials as a senior research scientist who has developed genetically modified plants adds weight to the message presented in this book.