Jane Goodall and Steven Druker Expose US Government Fraud Over GMOs

Cross-Posted from Sustainable Pulse.

In an acclaimed new book being launched Wednesday in London, American public interest attorney Steven Druker reveals how the US government and leading scientific institutions have systematically misrepresented the facts about GMOs and the scientific research that casts doubt on their safety.

steven druker

The book, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, features a foreword by the renowned primatologist Dame Jane Goodall, hailing it as “without doubt one of the most important books of the last 50 years”.

The book’s revelations come at a crucial time when some European countries are considering the commercial planting of GM crops following the European Parliament’s decision to allow member states to opt out of the blockade that has barred them from the EU until now. Based on the evidence presented in the book, Druker and Goodall will assert that it would be foolhardy to push forward with a technology that is unacceptably risky and should never have been allowed on the market in the first place.

The book is the result of more than 15 years of intensive research and investigation by Druker, who came to prominence for initiating 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 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.

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

It also reveals:

• 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.
• Consequently, most people are unaware of the risks these foods entail and the manifold problems they have caused.
• Contrary to the claims of biotech advocates, humans have indeed been harmed by consuming the output of genetic engineering. In fact, 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.
• 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.
• Numerous scientists (including those on the FDA’s Biotechnology Task Force) have concluded that the process of creating genetically modified food radically differs from conventional breeding and entails greater risk.
• There has never been a consensus within the scientific community that GM foods are safe, and many eminent experts have issued cautions – as have respected scientific organizations such as the Royal Society of Canada and the Public Health Association of Australia.

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.”

At their upcoming press conference, he and Jane Goodall intend to challenge the Royal Society to confront the facts, apologize for the misleading statements that it and several of its prominent members have issued, and take earnest steps to set the record straight.

In her foreword to Altered Genes, Twisted Truth , Goodall commends it for countering the disinformation and providing much-needed clarity. She states: “I shall urge everyone I know who cares about life on earth, and the future of their children, and children’s children, to read it. 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 produces. . . . Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”

Pat Thomas, Director of UK campaigning group Beyond GM, which is facilitating the press launch, says: “Under pressure from new legislation and the ongoing TTIP negotiations, the UK and the rest of Europe are on the precipice of making sweeping changes to their historical stance on GMOs. Much of our regulatory framework has been informed by foundations laid down in America in the early 1990s, and the belief that they got it right in terms of understanding the science of genetic modification. Steven Druker’s investigation into the history of fraud and deceit that ushered in the era of GMOs deserves serious consideration before we take actions that will irreversibly alter the European food supply”.

About Steven Druker

Steven Druker is an American public interest attorney and executive director of the Alliance for Bio-Integrity, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit he initiated against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that gained worldwide attention by exposing how the agency had enabled the commercialisation of GM foods through a colossal fraud.

About the 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
Foreword by Jane Goodall
Published March 2015

Praise for Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

“A fascinating book: highly informative, eminently readable, and most enjoyable. It’s a real page-turner and an eye-opener.” Richard C. Jennings, PhD Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

“This incisive and insightful book is truly outstanding. Not only is it well-reasoned and scientifically solid, it’s a pleasure to read – and a must-read. Through its masterful marshaling of facts, it dispels the cloud of disinformation that has misled people into believing that GE foods have been adequately tested and don’t entail abnormal risk.” David Schubert, PhD molecular biologist and Head of Cellular Neurobiology, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

“A great book. The evidence is comprehensive, clear, and compelling. No one has documented other cases of irresponsible behavior by government regulators and the scientific establishment nearly as well as Druker documents this one. His book should be widely read and thoroughly heeded.” John Ikerd, PhD Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri

“Steven Druker’s meticulously documented, well-crafted, and spellbinding narrative should serve as a clarion call to all of us. In particular, his chapter detailing the deadly epidemic of 1989-90 that was linked with a genetically engineered food supplement is especially significant. . . . Overall his discussion of this tragic event, as well as its ominous implications, is the most comprehensive, evenly-balanced and accurate account that I have read.” Stephen Naylor, PhD Professor of Biochemistry, Mayo Clinic (1991-2001)

“A landmark. It should be required reading in every university biology course.” Joseph Cummins, PhD Professor Emeritus of Genetics, Western University, Ontario

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail
This entry was posted in Energy / Environment, Politics / World News, Science / Technology. Bookmark the permalink.
  • Matt Maddox

    Here is a link to a commentary explaining details of the case of the toxic L-tryptophan produced by genetic engineering:

    http://www.nemsn.org/Articles/summary_tryptophan%20Fagan.htm

    The commentary is by John B. Fagan, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology, Maharishi University of Management, Iowa.

  • March 7, 2015 Preserving Meat Without Refrigeration

    If you haven’t considered what would happen without power, start by looking in your kitchen. Your refrigerator would no longer work. Meats and perishables would spoil quickly. While we all want to think we won’t ever be without electricity, no one can predict when the next major world war or other catastrophe will occur.

    http://www.offthegridnews.com/off-grid-foods/preserving-meat-without-refrigeration/

  • truth

    Where are all those pro-GMO posters that have their pantries absolutely stocked with GMOs, that I’ve never seen here on WB, gone?

  • Cburg

    At last! Hopefully this will bring change to the FDA and at least spur the public to demand GMO Labeling. Monsanto is in big trouble!

    • Seabreezes1

      Forget the argument about labeling….. that’s a red herring. Once the genie is out of the bottle, there is no going back. GMO and glyphosate should be OUTLAWED.

      Glyphosate is an “adjuvant”….. something that intensifies the immune response to antigens, i.e. causes or worsens allergies. More than half of the US population has allergies and the rate and severity is growing……. fluoride is also a potent adjuvant.

      • Christian Abel

        You are an ignoramus.

        Glyphosate is extremely safe.

        • Jeff Kirkpatrick

          You are an idiot, you don’t know anything about any of these issues. Gyphosate is a probable carcinogen (Group 2A). That is not “extremely safe.”

          • Christian Abel

            Source or it doesn’t exist

          • Mathew Haight
          • Christian Abel

            Images are for children

          • Mathew Haight

            Well now you have text.

          • Jeff Kirkpatrick

            So you expect people to do research for you too. The burden of proof is on the person who says that its “extremely safe.” It is not incumbent on everyone else to prove you wrong. That’s not how science works.

            “When a person reaches 7 feet, one inch tall, he will die within 24 hours. Prove me wrong.”

            — “Glyphosate is extremely safe. [Prove me wrong].”

            No, I think its best for you to bathe in that deep well of ignorance and denial. If you are going to depend on other people to prove you are wrong, while at the same time, providing no source to show that you are right [which you are not], then nothing is going to change your mind, EVER — not even facts. Don’t bother replying with propaganda and disinformation. No one cares what you believe, people care what is real.

          • Christian Abel

            There is ample evidence showing that glyphosate is extremely safe.

            All the evaluation agencies agree about the safety of glyphosate.

          • Christian Abel

            LOL

          • Kānāwai Māmalahoe

            What the big six chemical/GMO corporations are doing to Hawaii by using us as the guinea pigs to create GMO seeds is despicable. We vote for Independent Tests and Monsanto and Dow just sue to overturn a vote they couldn’t buy.

            http://www.alternet.org/comments/food/pesticides-paradise-hawaiis-spike-birth-defects-puts-focus-gm-crops

          • GMO Roberts

            Tell the truth, it was an illeagal law and the judge rightly overturned it. Whining won’t change that. By the way don’t forget to mention that those companies are helping to feed the world.

          • Jeff Kirkpatrick

            new: “Pesticides in Paradise: Hawai‘i’s Health & Environment at Risk,” by Bill Freese, Ashley Lukens, Ph.D. and Alexis Anjomshoaa. Center
            for Food Safety. May 2015 (75 pages). Contributing Author: Sharon Perrone.
            http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/files/pesticidereportfull_86476.pdf

          • Christian Abel

            Glyphosate has been tested a lot.

            Even Séralini proved it safe in its famous rat experiment.

          • kimyo
  • Seabreezes1

    This pattern is called the “Kehoe Paradigm” and has been used successfully by industries for the promotion of leaded gasoline, asbestos, and fluoridation. It values Corporate Financial Health over Public or Environmental Health. The “scientists” and business “leaders” involved are nothing more than 21st century mercenaries – guns for hire. “Astroturfing” is their weapon of choice, i.e. media manipulation. Political pandering is also part of their bags of tricks.

    • Seabreezes1

      “It is not just a mistake for public health agencies to cooperate and collaborate with industries in investigating and deciding whether public health is endangered—it is a direct abrogation and violation of the duties and responsibilities of those public health organizations.”
      – Dr. Clair Patterson, Leaded gasoline activist.

  • severeanxiety767

    We have to produce more food in the next 50 years, than we did in all of the last 500 years. Yet, our crop and pasture lands are responsible for 80% of species extinctions. Climate change is only 1 of 6 direct drivers of mass extinction. Carbon charring soil reduces gaseous CO2 6X more efficiently than anything else we can do. It also restores soil ecologies and enhances productivity. We have already passed peak production of wheat, corn, soy and rice in 2006. In 10 years, 66% of the world’s population will be short of fresh water. In order to mitigate runaway mass extinction, we have to rewild our crop and pasture lands, and reduce meat consumption.
    http://www.reddit.com/r/RenewableEnergy/comments/2tz0s7/how_to_fix_everything/

    • kimyo

      re-wilding means MORE cattle, not less. they are an integral part of the process. if you want to restore things to the way they were, then you should be pro-cattle.

      Buffalo once ranged from the eastern seaboard to Oregon and California; from Great Slave Lake in northern Alberta to northern Mexico. Although no one will ever know exactly how many bison once inhabited North America, estimates range from twenty-five to seventy million. William Hornaday, a naturalist who spent considerable time in the West, both before and during the most severe years of the slaughter, comments on the seemingly infinite bison population and the impossibility of estimating their quantity:

      It would have been as easy to count or to estimate the number of leaves in a forest as to calculate the number of buffaloes living at any given time during the history of the species previous to 1870 (quoted in Rifkin, 74).

  • HAC NY

    Much of the GMOs seems to be the leftover colonial interlopers wanting to continually disrespect indigenous people’s medicinal and food plants like corn, land desecration, etc., and getting everyone else involved. It may not always be this way, but some of it looks quite suspicious.

    • Christian Abel

      You are CRA-ZY!

  • Thomas W, Gilbert

    I have a satire parody entitled “If I Ran Monsanto, by Dr. Sues” that anyone can read and share, if at all interested. Blessings, Tom Gilbert thomasgilbert2052@yahoo.com

  • MelissaW

    When will there be the Hardcover? I’ve been waiting for awhile and it still isn’t in stock.

  • flower

    always about greed not the people

  • Chuck
  • harvey sid fisher

    My gmo song. #myGMOsong
    https://youtu.be/fimgnHauUi4