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

Book review excerpt:

"Before reading this text, I knew something about the corruption and scientific manipulation which are shameful components of the GMO assessment and approval process, but Druker reveals the full scale of the connivance and complacency at the heart of the US administration. He is a meticulous researcher and narrator, and what he reveals is truly chilling. Personally, I was surprised by the revelations that in the early days of the GM enterprise the push for the acceptance of what was then a very novel technology came not from the politicians and the biotech industry, but from university researchers who saw a new academic (and commercial) avenue opening up before them. It was salutary to learn that even at that stage there was no serious attempt to establish the safety of GMO crops and foods; hype and aggressive marketing took the place of careful science, with dissenting voices silenced and inconvenient research results either ignored or labelled as biased or incompetent. Once Monsanto and the other biotech corporations and the politicians became involved, the stakes became so high that doubt was banished and dissenters were simply vilified and victimised. The rolling bandwaggon simply crushed anybody who happened to get in the way. One of the early martyrs was Arpad Pusztai, whose research project was destroyed in 1999 and who was thrown to the lions because he had the temerity to demonstrate, in his results, that the animals consuming GMO materials appeared to be harmed in some way."
Arty turns 10 this summer.