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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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Dec 09, 2010 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
Jul 12, 2012 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 13, 2013 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
Mar 21, 2007 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
Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Seeds of Deception is a completely one-sided expose damning anything and everything involving genetic engineering. Successes and achievements of GMOs are completely ignored while mishaps are relentlessly hammered upon.

The basic premise of the book is that the process of genetic engineering somehow corrupts the target organism and everything derived from it thereafter. By blasting the biotech industry and government agencies, Smith paints a picture of wanton disregard for safety issues and shifty
Mike S
Mar 12, 2012 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
Sep 07, 2010 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.

Apr 02, 2009 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
Chelsea Erceg
Dec 22, 2013 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
Nov 20, 2010 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 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.
Nov 18, 2014 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.
Jul 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Any book that uses animal
experiments to try and substantiate an argument I won't continue to read. Animal experiments are scientific fraud - you choose the right animal and you get the answer you want.
Aug 19, 2011 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.

Kweku Ananse Mansoh
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yes the world's population is said to be booming. Does that warrant what we are doing to natural biological systems rendering some almost poisonous to our own health? Why should the world's sovereignty on food be surrendered to a company?

A must read for anyone who seeks the truth about what is really happening in the GMO industry.
Tyson Adams
Jul 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
From everyone's favourite flying yogi comes his groundbreaking fantasy novel about conspiracies, genetics, food, and how to ignore several fields of science and scientists by shouting la-la-la-la. Also qualifies as a comedy due to being so laughable.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
eye opener on this earth where how we are being lied to about food approval through evil FDA and Monsanto...the collaborations of this reflecting exact the same thing with financial industry: Goldman Sachs <> government posts...milk industry about vaccine industry??
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's an important book to maximize health.
Zy Marquiez
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reviews
Seeds Of Deception - Exposing Industry & Government Lies About The Safety Of The Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating by Jeffrey M. Smith is a relentless foray into the veil of deception obfuscating genetically modified food that has been cast by Big Biotech companies like Monsanto & Co.

Smith catalogues countless examples of the many issues that genetic engineering of organisms is fraught with.

The book is chock-full of hundreds of data points that eviscerate the conventional narrat
Mandy Moody
Jun 25, 2013 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
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Is your food safe? Really safe?

The biotechnology industry has manipulated the government and the mainstream media, turned our food into toxic messes that are prepared with added flavorings and texturing agents to make them look and taste delicious in spite of their underlying toxicity, and put an entire generation of Americans at risk. The independence and integrity of America's food regulatory agencies and news media -- the USDA, the FDA, the SEC, and the FCC -- folded up their tents and stole
Dec 27, 2011 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
Olwen Griffin
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book every parent, in fact everyone - should read, it is a sad fact that our food is making us and our children ill.
Nov 29, 2010 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 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
Renato Maretić
Sep 30, 2014 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
Mike Jorgensen
Jul 06, 2015 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 14, 2008 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 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
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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.

“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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