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Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating

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Without knowing it, Americans eat genetically modified (GM) food everyday. While the food and chemical industries claim that GMO food is safe, a considerable amount of evidence shows otherwise. In Seeds of Deception, Jeffrey Smith, a former executive with the leading independent laboratory testing for GM presence in foods, documents these serious health dangers and explain ...more
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Published September 1st 2003 by Yes! Books
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Jan 06, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
Do you know what you're eating?

The question is rhetorical, and I can't say that I know the answer better than anyone else. I've done research, I've thought long and hard about which ethical issues matter to me the most, and we've changed the way we buy food. But, can I say we aren't contributing to the big food companies that operate in dishonest ways in order to control the U.S. food industry? I still can't know for certain.

It works like this: Monsanto is a huge company that contributes a lot
Gerald Kinro
Aug 19, 2012 Gerald Kinro rated it it was ok
Author Smith attempts an expose about the biotech industry—the dangers of genetically modified foods, big seed’s manipulation of data, political collusion and intimidation. The geneses of the controversy begins with the whistle-blowing and subsequent firing of scientist Arpad Pusztai. I have not read Puztai’s research, but have been told that his research would not reject the Null Hypothesis due to inadequate sampling. He was subsequently fired for making public comments based on his own flawed ...more
Blake Roche
Apr 18, 2013 Blake Roche rated it it was ok
From the very beginning, I knew this book would be a hard press by the author to align with his way of thinking. Everything from the cheesy cover to the endless quotes just produced a desperate attempt to convince people of the dangers of GM foods. And I wasn't convinced.
Daniel Cunningham
This book raises some valid concerns, and seems to document quite of bit of what can only be called corruption in the 80's and 90's in e.g. the FDA.

But, again and again, the appeal to emotion over reason... ugh. Again and again, the dangling indictment: "X says Y. But X once worked for Z..." A version of the genetic fallacy... how appropriate. Ugh. And the 'slam dunk' proofs of at least a handful of things haven't aged well. I went and looked into the Arpad Pusztai affair, and it sounds like his
Apr 26, 2007 Jen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: omnivores, herbavores, etc...
This book blew my mind. I'm prone to chalk everything up to a conspiracy by big business and our government but usually I dismiss them as founded only in my intuition and not on data but woah, Jeffrey Smith compiled FDA and EPA data as well as testimony from respected scientists, many of whom were chastised for speaking out and exposed a massive cover up by our gov. and Monsanto. Genetically engineered food (something like 80-90% of soy is GMO) has tainted our food supply. There has been no indi ...more
Mike S
Mar 12, 2012 Mike S rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a very well written book about GM foods, their real and potential hazards, the lies and dirty tricks the industry uses in promoting them, and just how corrupt and complicit our Congress, FDA, USDA, and EPA are in this debacle. It's tragic that GM, a technology that - if done correctly - could have immense benefits to us in many ways, is being misused for sheer greed. If you eat food, and especially if you have children, you will be glad you read this book, not one page of it will be wast ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who eats
I just started this book, and have two more on the same topic which is my current area of interest.

I need a break from history as it SHOULD have been taught, as it REALLY happened, not the sanitized "America is wonderful' version.

Of course, reading about genetic manipulation, the evils of Monsanto, Cargill, ADM, etc is hardly going to be light and cheerful reading!

I finished Seeds of Destruction, which is more historical.

This book is more scientific. It is equally as fascinating and appalling.

Jan 04, 2014 Chelsea rated it really liked it
I made a New Years resolution to start reading more non-fiction, and I happened to have this on a shelf, left over as required reading for a college course, which was never actually read. It seemed interesting enough.

Frightening. Frightening is what it is. The information displayed appears credible enough, and brings forward a lot of issues concerning the FDA and biotech industry that I wouldn't have otherwise been aware. I'm not going to summarize the whole thing here, just read it yourself, tr
Apr 02, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it
I used this book for my exhibition. It is a great resource if anyone is planning of doing genetically modified food next year, but only if you are planning on writing against genetically modified food. I like this book because it shows all kind of points of view on GM Food, but the best part is how it counter argues the good points of genetically modified food. It really helped me in my exhibition. This books talks about the allergies genetically modified food consist of, the toxicity and the an ...more
Renato Maretić
Oct 07, 2014 Renato Maretić rated it really liked it
As a student of plant genetics and biotechnology I borrowed this book just to show "uneducated folks" that they has no real arguments against genetically modified organisms. It turned out that I was uneducated idiot. Book clearly shows that many scientists are not aware of things that can possibly go wrong. For example, CaMV promoter (sequence that is used to enable enzyme RNA polymerase to recognize inserted genes) can also amplify expression of other genes on the same, or even on the other chr ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
Wow! I think my food industry-- let alone government trust, is now completely gone. This is probably one of the scariest things to consider, let alone grasp that's it's happening to us--and has been for years already. This very well is the beginning of the end of the human race.
Mike Jorgensen
Jul 11, 2015 Mike Jorgensen rated it liked it
Shelves: foodology-2015
Surprisingly easy read. The cover and title make it look like a conspiratorial work but it is packed full of helpful information. For all its information its not a dry work, the data he delivers is done through compelling and well-told narratives.

I only gave it three stars because it does provide a lot of information but its application is weak. He does offer a chapter (chapter 8) on how to get GMO out of your personal diet. As for changing the food system, he sees political sway as the only mea
Dec 08, 2010 Jacob rated it it was amazing
This book describes how the side-effects and health-risks (immune diseases, cancer, allergic reactions, and never seen before ones) of genetically modified crops, which have largely been banned in Europe, have been consistently hidden or downplayed in the US. It reminds me a lot of how the cigarette companies "worked" the research in the 1960s. Absolutely worth reading.
Aug 14, 2009 Joe rated it it was amazing
Monsanto is pure evil and so is everyone that works for them. I hope they all die. I think they are a bigger threat than Al Qaeda. Fuck them forever for what they have done, they are mankind's biggest enemy.
May 13, 2012 Lesandre rated it it was amazing
Well researched and written. Horrifying. Anyone who continues to spout the "substantially equivalent" press release from Monsanto would do well to read this.

Aug 05, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow--I used to think my adult children who complained about Monsanto taking over the food supply and buying up all the seeds were merely spouting hysterical thinking promoted by radical environmental groups. But after reading Seeds of Deception, I believe! This book is certainly well-researched and sourced. The amount of collusion between Monsanto and like companies and the FDA and other governmental agencies is truly discouraging. The fact that there are so many people lacking integrity is trul ...more
Jun 28, 2016 Ayla rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. The author Jeffrey Smith puts it out there in an honest and remarkable work. We as Americans need to be better informed to the dangers of genetically modified foods. The FDA is not protecting us, they are protecting the corporations that have the money, the corruption in the dept has been known for years but too many people still trust them. Now they are trying to prevent our right to know whether our food is natural or gmo contact your representative and let them know you oppose a ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Anne-Michelle rated it it was amazing
An amazing, powerful horror story featuring the nation's biggest villain: Monsanto. If you are one of those people who doesn't want to know the filth consuming our food chain, this book is not for you. But keep in mind, just because you don't know doesn't mean it's not happening and that it's not going to hurt you and/or your family. I didn't know, and it hurt my family. My son has suffered from eczema and life-threatening allergies for years, and it all dwindles down to genetically modified (GM ...more
Nov 29, 2010 Breeana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: did-not-finish
I didn't finish this book but only read the first quarter or so of it... so my 5-star rating is based on the beginning that I read.

It tells the story of the scientist Arpad Puztai (probably spelled that wrong!) who, with a team of scientists, conducted a lot of research on a genetically modified potato's effects on rats. His results were astounding! Health problems galore and smaller genitals - particularly on male rats.

His studies were not what Monsanto and some people in government wanted bein
Oct 02, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
Pretty good primer of industry, government, science, ethics, and inside info on the food industry. Kind of troubling for me because the basic viewpoint seems pretty credible to me. I was definitely aware of a lot of food issues, having seen the films, Food Inc. and King Corn, and also being familiar with Michael Pollan's publications, among many other things. But this book brings out several issues that have been afoot for about 20 years now of which I wasn't fully aware.

One issue that really st
Mandy Moody
Jun 25, 2013 Mandy Moody rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The most shocking thing about Seeds of Deception is that a book that is a DECADE old is still full of information that the American people were never told.
About the food they eat every day.

I was already aware of a lot of disturbing issues surrounding food production today - I've been watching every documentary Netflix has in their library - but Seeds of Deception made me aware of several things I DIDN'T already have some knowledge of. Issues that have been out there for 20 years! And I kept thi
May 23, 2014 Sally rated it really liked it
How did genetically modified foods become widespread in our diet without the public even being aware of their presence and without thorough scientific testing? This book from 2003 provides a history of the influence of biotech and chemical corporations over governments - successful in the US, not as successful in the EU - and over scientific research and its dissemination. It also reports the strong scientific evidence for the harmfulness of GMO foods, the imprecise procedures used to insert gen ...more
Linda Andrews
May 03, 2015 Linda Andrews rated it it was amazing
Very informative and well written book with information about GMOs and the conditions that allowed then into our food chain. While I found the science fascinating, the book concentrates on the negative aspects about the emerging technology. Definitely worth the time to read and educate yourself to make better decisions regarding what you put in your mouth and the effects if could have on your children.
Dec 14, 2008 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it really liked it
After reading this book I have to consider Monsanto not just to be a typical greedy make money at all costs multi-national corporation but given their prior history, even before what they are doing with genetically modified foods an out and out threat to humanity. Plus what the global elites are doing with the Svalbard seedbank that was funded by Rockefeller and Bill Gates money I almost have to wonder if they are planning on out and out poisoning us all through the toxic corporate controlled fo ...more
May 23, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody.
This is the most horrifying book I've ever read. Absolutely diabolical things going on with our food supply. This makes Hitler look like child's play, or a mere dress rehersal for the full-blown, global madness we're prisoners of--it is so evil. The ghastly things routinely done to chickens will turn your stomach. It's worse than I'd read about before.
I didn't come to this book with my head in the sand about Frankenfoods, but I sure was naive about the extent of the madness going on with our ow
Mar 16, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
anyone interested in the foods you eat should read this book...big business, media, government control (or lack thereof), and science all have a huge impact on our foods here in the US. we are eating genetically modified foods on a daily basis. this has been force upon us by companies like Monsanto who have now (and forever) introduced GM foods into our food supply and we never even know about it until years after the fact. the US is the only industrialized nation using these foods...the rest of ...more
Yvonne Carter
Dec 30, 2012 Yvonne Carter rated it really liked it
If you want to know what you are really eating when you eat prepared foods read this book. It explains what genetically modified foods do to your body. I am seeing too many of my friends increasingly having health and digestive problems. Researchers are seeing links to behavioral and learning problems such as autism and LD problems, memory and brain problems in adults, celiac and other health problems in connection with GMO's. It goes into great depth the sinister connection between the FDA and ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Elentarri rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Well written and easily understood book that illustrates the industry and government lies, coverups and intimidation regarding the safety of genetically modified food.
Mar 15, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it
Heavy on the politics. Surprise at the allergy anecdotes. I could learn more with this as an introduction.
May 27, 2016 Charmaine rated it it was amazing
An outstanding book. Easy to read and shocking in its content which is all verified.
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International bestselling author Jeffrey M. Smith is the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). He documents how the world’s most powerful Ag biotech companies bluff and mislead critics, and put the health of society at risk.

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“Government By The Industry, For The Industry Vice President George Bush sat in his chair across from four Monsanto executives. They had come to the White House with an unusual request. They wanted more regulation. They were venturing into a new technology, the genetic modification of food, and they were actually asking the government to oversee their emerging industry. But this was late 1986. Ronald Reagan was president and the administration was busily deregulating business. Bush needed convincing. “We bugged him for regulation,” said Leonard Guarraia, one of the executives at the meeting. “We told him that we have to be regulated.”[1] Monsanto was about to make a multibillion-dollar gamble. With this new technology, they could engineer and patent a whole new kind of food. Later, by buying up seed companies around the world, Monsanto could replace the natural seeds with their patented engineered seeds and control a hefty portion of the food supply. But there was fear among Monsanto’s ranks—fear of consumers’ and environmentalists’ reactions. Their fear was borne of experience. Years earlier, Monsanto had assured the public that their Agent Orange, the defoliant used during the Vietnam War, was safe for humans. It wasn’t. Thousands of veterans and tens of thousand of Vietnamese who suffered a wide range of maladies, including cancer, neurological disorders, and birth defects, blame Monsanto.” 0 likes
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