The Impacts of Genetic Engineering: Not Science, Just Lies and Propaganda: The Massive Fraud Behind GMOs Exposed

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Altered Genes, Twist­ed Truth’, a new Book by US Pub­lic Inter­est Lawyer Steve Druk­er.

This is not what the GMO indus­try want­ed to see: ban­ner head­lines today in major news­pa­pers and across the inter­net expos­ing the fraud behind GMOs. But this con­sti­tutes much more than a PR night­mare. The sto­ry behind the head­lines shakes the very foun­da­tions upon which the indus­try is built.  

Altered Genes, Twist­ed Truth’ is a new book by the US pub­lic inter­est lawyer Steve Druk­er. The book is the result of more than 15 years of inten­sive research and inves­ti­ga­tion by Druk­er, who ini­ti­at­ed a law­suit against the US Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion (FDA) that forced it to divulge its files on GM foods. Those files revealed that GM foods first achieved com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion in 1992 but only because the FDA cov­ered up the exten­sive warn­ings of its own sci­en­tists about their dan­gers, lied about the facts and then vio­lat­ed fed­er­al food safe­ty law by per­mit­ting these foods to be mar­ket­ed with­out hav­ing been proven safe through stan­dard test­ing.

If the FDA had heed­ed its own experts’ advice and pub­licly acknowl­edged their warn­ings that GM foods entailed high­er risks than their con­ven­tion­al coun­ter­parts, Druk­er says that the GM food ven­ture would have implod­ed and nev­er gained trac­tion any­where.

He also argues that that many well-placed sci­en­tists have repeat­ed­ly issued mis­lead­ing state­ments about GM foods, and so have lead­ing sci­en­tif­ic insti­tu­tions such as the US Nation­al Acad­e­my of Sci­ences, the Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion for the Advance­ment of Sci­ence and the UK’s Roy­al Soci­ety.

Druk­er states that con­trary to the claims of biotech advo­cates, humans have indeed been harmed by con­sum­ing the out­put of genet­ic engi­neer­ing. The technology’s first ingestible prod­uct (a food sup­ple­ment of the essen­tial amino acid, L-tryp­to­phan) caused dozens of deaths and seri­ous­ly sick­ened thou­sands of peo­ple (per­ma­nent­ly dis­abling many of them). More­over, the evi­dence points to the genet­ic alter­ation as the most like­ly cause of the unusu­al con­t­a­m­i­na­tion that ren­dered the sup­ple­ment tox­ic.

He explains that lab­o­ra­to­ry ani­mals have also suf­fered from eat­ing prod­ucts of genet­ic engi­neer­ing, and well-con­duct­ed tests with GM crops have yield­ed many trou­bling results, includ­ing intesti­nal abnor­mal­i­ties, liv­er dis­tur­bances, and impaired immune sys­tems.

Druk­er says:

Con­trary to the asser­tions of its pro­po­nents, the mas­sive enter­prise to recon­fig­ure the genet­ic core of the world’s food sup­ply is not based on sound sci­ence but on the sys­tem­at­ic sub­ver­sion of sci­ence – and it would col­lapse if sub­ject­ed to an open air­ing of the facts.”

Emi­nent envi­ron­men­tal­ist and anthro­pol­o­gist Jane Goodall has writ­ten the fore­word to the book and states that Steven Druk­er is a hero for expos­ing this mas­sive fraud and is wor­thy of a Nobel prize for lift­ing the lid on the truth about GM.

She goes on to state that the indus­try worked to:

con­vince the pub­lic and gov­ern­ment offi­cials, through the dis­sem­i­na­tion of false infor­ma­tion, that there was an over­whelm­ing expert con­sen­sus, based on sol­id evi­dence, that the new foods were safe. Yet this, as Druk­er points out, was clear­ly not true.”

Goodall adds that the com­pa­nies have spread dis­in­for­ma­tion to try and win pub­lic sup­port. She states:

Druk­er describes how amaz­ing­ly suc­cess­ful the biotech lob­by has been – and the extent to which the gen­er­al pub­lic and gov­ern­ment deci­sion mak­ers have been hood­winked by the clever and method­i­cal twist­ing of the facts and the prop­a­ga­tion of many myths. More­over, it appears that a num­ber of respect­ed sci­en­tif­ic insti­tu­tions, as well as many emi­nent sci­en­tists, were com­plic­it in this relent­less spread­ing of dis­in­for­ma­tion.”

Jane Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of social and fam­i­ly inter­ac­tions of wild chim­panzees in Gombe Stream Nation­al Park, Tan­za­nia. She holds many awards for her envi­ron­men­tal and human­i­tar­i­an work, includ­ing the Ben­jamin Franklin Medal in Life Sci­ence, the French Legion of Hon­our, the Ben­jamin Franklin Medal in Life Sci­ence, Japan’ s Kyoto Prize and the Tyler Prize for Envi­ron­men­tal Achieve­ment.

She describes Druker’s work as one of the most impor­tant books of the last 50 years, and adds:

It will go a long way toward dis­pelling the con­fu­sion and delu­sion that has been cre­at­ed regard­ing the genet­ic engi­neer­ing process and the foods it cre­ates. Although this book tells a sto­ry that’s in many ways dis­tress­ing, it’s impor­tant that it has final­ly been told because so much con­fu­sion has been spread and so many impor­tant deci­sion-mak­ers have appar­ent­ly been delud­ed.”

 Steven Druk­er gave a press con­fer­ence in Lon­don on Wednes­day and has chal­lenged Britain’s Roy­al Soci­ety to apol­o­gise for its pro-GM stance and its part in rub­bish­ing sci­en­tists who have safe­ty doubts over the crops and food. (Per­haps the likes of Owen Pater­son and Anne Glover should too for their role in dis­miss­ing legit­i­mate con­cerns about GMOs, espe­cial­ly Pater­son for his recent tirade against crit­ics see this and this.)

His work high­lights research which has found tumours, liv­er and kid­ney harm in ani­mals giv­en GM feed in tri­als. And he com­plains, that researchers who dare to raise these prob­lems have been pil­lo­ried.

He said:

Con­trary to the asser­tions of its pro­po­nents, the mas­sive enter­prise to recon­fig­ure the genet­ic core of the world’s food sup­ply is not based on sound sci­ence but on the sys­tem­at­ic sub­ver­sion of sci­ence – and it would col­lapse if sub­ject­ed to an open air­ing of the facts.”

With the TTIP hav­ing the poten­tial to open the flood­gates to allow GMOs into Europe, Pat Thomas, direc­tor of the cam­paign­ing group Beyond GM, said:

Steven Druker’s inves­ti­ga­tion into the his­to­ry of fraud and deceit that ush­ered in the era of GM deserves seri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion before we take actions that will irre­versibly alter the Euro­pean food sup­ply.”