Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public

by Steven Druker


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ISBN-13: 9780985616908
Publisher: Clear River Press
Publication date: 03/20/2015
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 522,033
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Steven M. Druker is a public interest attorney who, as executive director of the Alliance for Bio-Integrity, initiated a lawsuit that forced the FDA to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods. This revealed that politically appointed administrators had covered up the warnings of their own scientists about the unusual risks of these foods and then allowed them to be marketed illegally. In organizing the suit, he assembled an unprecedented coalition of eminent scientists and religious leaders to stand with his organization as co-plaintiffs - the first time scientists had sued a federal administrative agency on the grounds that one of its policies is scientifically unsound.

He is a prominent commentator on the risks of GE foods and has served on the food safety panels at conferences held by the National Research Council and the FDA, has given lectures at numerous universities (including the Biological Laboratories at Harvard), and has met with government officials throughout the world, including the heads of food safety for France, Ireland, and Australia. In 1998, he was invited to the White House Executive Offices to discuss risks of GE crops with a task force of the President's Council on Environmental Quality. His articles on GE food have appeared in several respected publications, including The Congressional Quarterly Researcher, The Parliament Magazine, and The Financial Times. He earned his B.A. in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley (with high honors that included a special award for "Outstanding Accomplishment") and received his Juris Doctor from the same institution (and was elected to both the Law Review and the legal honor society). in 2017 Steven was awarded the Luxembourg Peace Prize for Environmental Peace.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jane Goodall xi

Introduction: How I Reluctantly Became an Activist - And Uncovered the Crime that Enabled the Commercialization of Genetically Engineered Foods 1

1 The Politicization of Science - And the Institutionalization of Illusion 9

2 The Expansion of the Biotech Agenda - And the Intensification of the Politicization 36

3 Disappearing Disaster: How the Facts About a Deadly Epidemic Caused by a Genetically Engineered Food Have Been Consistently Clouded 61

4 Genes, Ingenuity, and Disingenuousness: Reprogramming the Software of life while Refashioning the Facts 87

5 Illegal Entry: The Governmental Fraud that But GE Foods on the US Market 127

6 Globalization of Regulatory Irregularity: How Food Safety Officials in Canada, the EU, and Other Regions also Sidestepped Science and Sound Policy 167

7 Erosion of Environmental Protection: Multiple Risks, Minimal Caution 190

8 Malfunction of the American: Pliant Accomplices in Cover-up and Deception 207

9 Methodical Misrepresentation of Risk: Oversights, Anomalies, and Delinquencies 227

10 A Crop of Disturbing Data: How the Research on GE Foods Has Failed to Show They're Safe - and Instead Confirmed They Should Be Off the Market 268

11 Overlooked Lessons from Computer Science: The Inescapable Risks of Altering Complex Information Systems 318

12 Unfounded Foundational Assumptions: The Flawed Belief that Undergird Agricultural Bioengineering 355

13 The Devolution of Scientists into Spin Doctors: Genetic Engineering's Most Malignant Mutation 367

14 New Directions and Expanded Horizons: Abandoning Genetic Engineering and Advancing to Safe, Sustainable, and Sensible Modes of Farming 392

Appendix A Extended Examination of the Judge's Decision in Alliance for Bio-Integrity v. Shalala 414

Appendix B Two Reports by Other Respected Organizations that Misrepresent the Risks of GE Foods 417

Notes 419

Index 502

Acknowledgements 512

About the Author 513

Note: Appendices C and D and the Executive Summary are available online at:

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably the most impressive, illuminating and exceptionally-written book I've read in my entire life. I urge anyone who is concerned about the world and well-being of future generations to read this book. I am deeply grateful to Steven Druker for writing this Nobel Prize worthy masterpiece.
Paul_N More than 1 year ago
This is a very important and eye opening book. Well researched, well written, and thoroughly documented. My first thought, after reading Dr Goodall's Foreword, was that she sounded a bit overly enthusiastic and praising. The more I reflect on it though, the more I find myself agreeing with her positive appraisal, "one of the most important books of the last 50 years." If this issue interests you, get the full story that you will not hear from establishment sources. This is probably the best, most credible and reputable source I have found for the rest of the story and an honest critique of the issue.
daysleeper-ATT More than 1 year ago