Money talks

Executives from companies like Monsanto go through a revolving door with the FDA and  EPA which are supposed to be regulating them. The result: they get exactly the regulation that’s most convenient to industry profits—so much so, that the industry is effectively left to regulate itself.

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Altered Genes, Twisted Truth — An Important New Book

IMPORTANT NEW BOOK “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public,” by Steven M. Druker.

Message from Steven Druker, attorney, 16 Sept 2012

I’m happy to announce that Part One of my new book has been released and is available as an E-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo (and is slated to be available soon on iTunes).

It’s titled: “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public” Continue reading

Why we fight for a GMO-free world

by Andrew Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety

“For those of us who have a true sense of wonder and love for the natural world, and a vision of a new relationship with it, that’s what we love.

And when we see the kind of horrific technological manipulation represented by biotechnology; when we see what it does to the bodies of salmon or the bodies of animals, or when we understand that they’ve somehow turned a corn plant into a poison for butterflies and caddisflies and potentially for bees; when we realize that they’ve actually changed the heredity of corn and soy so they can withstand ever more and more chemicals; when we see all that, it’s an assault on something that we love.

So we respond, not for the sake of attack, but because things that we value and love are being attacked. Anybody would feel that way with their child or pet or anything they care about.”

GMO Apathy

by Ed Dodge, MD, MPH

Danger due to apahy

I’ve given a lot of thought to GMOs and the relative public apathy about them in our country. Many of our readers say that nobody in their family will comment on anything they say or posts about it. I’m having a similar experience in that the GMO/awareness postings on my Facebook page generate no comment whatsoever from family or friends, though most other postings do get some kind of reaction.

I’ve commented before that I sense there is a public uneasiness about the whole subject of GMOs that makes most of the public almost fearful of taking any kind of action or position regarding GMOs. There is a basic uneasiness about the idea of genetically modified foods, but there is also a widespread perception that they are approved by the powers that be (the government represented by the USDA and FDA,) and so these foods must be at least passably OK. Even though there is also a growing uneasiness about governmental actions in many areas, this does not seem to translate into questioning by the public about governmental decisions regarding biotechnology and genetically modified foods in particular. Continue reading