Jeffrey Smith is the author of the best-selling book Seeds of Deception which is about the dangers of genetically modified foods, and he's also the author of the recently released Genetic Roulette. Jeffrey Smith never intended to be a leader in the health and food industries, but when he learned about the dangers of genetically modified foods, his passion became to change the world.
Jeffrey Smith once followed his passion to the position of Vice-President of Marketing at Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) detection laboratory, and he even ran for congress in the hopes that his message would be heard. Today, he travels the world speaking to political leaders with his book Seeds of Deception. The problem with Seeds of Deception is that it isn't a reference book. It's more like a novel, and of course, political leaders don't always have time to read novels.
Over the course of two years, Jeffrey Smith worked with more than 30 scientists to write his next book, Genetic Roulette. This book documents 65 health risks of genetically modified foods. Many people have never heard of GM foods. What are they?
When someone takes the DNA from one species and inserts it into another species to get an unnatural result, they are genetically modifying it. For example, scientists have tried to put the DNA of spiders into goats with the hope that they can milk the goat for spider proteins and use that milk to create bullet proof vests. In foods, the DNA of certain bacteria and viruses can be put into crops so that they won't die when sprayed with herbicide, and they can even be used to produce pesticides.
Eating foods like wheat bread or corn chips that are produced from GM wheat and corn crops presents a health crisis. The digestive tract of humans can quickly become the breeding ground for new pesticides. The goal of GM food scientists is to create new crops that are resistant to hazards. Better crops means more food for a starving world. The problem is that the research is still in a primitive stage. Eating these foods can be like playing roulette with your health.
GM food companies seem to be more concerned about profits than about the long-term health and well being of populations eating their products. Jeffrey Smith spends as much time as possible trying to get that point across to world leaders. Getting a product to market quickly generates profits, but at the same time, it reduces the amount of time spent in health research.
Who's going to protect unknowing consumers? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to regorously check the foods we eat, so why aren't they stopping unsafe foods from making it to market? In 1992, FDA policy claimed that the agency was "Not aware of any information showing that the foods created from these methods differ in any meaningful or uniform way." In layman's terms, the FDA isn't going to require any special testing of GM foods. They're taking a hands-off approach because they feel that GM products are the same as natural ones.
Many scientists who have worked for the FDA claim that GM foods cause allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. Some of those scientists voiced their concerns to superiors, but they were ignored. Jeffrey Smith has made it his passion not to be ignored.
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