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Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public Paperback – Mar 20 2015

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Clear River Press; 1 edition (March 20 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985616903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985616908
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 875 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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“Without doubt, one of the most important books of the last 50 years. 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. . . . Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”--Jane Goodall, Ph.D. (from the Foreword)



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



“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 marshalling 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, Ph.D. molecular biologist and Head of Cellular Neurobiology, Salk Institute for Biological Studies



Altered Genes, Twisted Truth is lucid, illuminating, and alarming. As a former New York City prosecutor, I was shocked to discover how the FDA illegally exempted GE foods from the rigorous testing mandated by federal statute. And as the mother of three young kids, I was outraged to learn how America’s children are being callously exposed to experimental foods that were deemed abnormally risky by the FDA’s own experts.”--Tara-Cook Littman, J.D. 



“Steven Druker has written a great book that could well be a milestone in the endeavor to establish a scientifically sound policy on genetically engineered foods. The evidence is comprehensive, clear, and compelling; and its credibility is irrefutable. 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, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Missouri – Columbia



Altered Genes, Twisted Truth will stand as a landmark. It should be required reading in every university biology course.”--Joseph Cummins, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Genetics, Western University, London, Ontario



“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. I and my Mayo Clinic colleagues were active participants in the attempt to identify the cause of this epidemic. Druker provides a comprehensive analysis of all the evidence and also presents new findings from our work. Overall his discussion of this tragic event, as well as its ominous implications, is the most comprehensive, evenlybalanced and accurate account that I have read.”--Stephen Naylor, PhD CEO and Chairman of MaiHealth Inc., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, & Pharmacology Mayo Clinic (1991-2001)



“Steven Druker has done a beautiful job of weaving a compelling scientific argument into an engaging narrative that often reads like a detective story, and he makes his points dramatically and clearly. The examination of genetic engineering from the standpoint of software engineering is especially insightful, exposing how the former is more like a ‘hackathon’ than a careful, systematic methodology for revising complex information systems. I will recommend this book to my friends.”--Thomas J. McCabe, developer of the cyclomatic complexity software metric, a key analytic tool in computer programming employed throughout the world



“Based on over 30 years of teaching computer science at universities and on extensive experience as a programmer in private industry, I can state that Steven Druker has done an excellent job of demonstrating the recklessness of the current practices of genetic engineering in comparison to the established practices of software engineering. His book presents a striking contrast between the two fields, showing how software engineers progressively developed greater awareness of the inherent risks of altering complex information systems – and accordingly developed more rigorous procedures for managing them – while genetic technicians have largely failed to do either, despite the fact that the information systems they alter are far more complex, and far less comprehended, than any human-made system.”--Ralph Bunker, PhD



“Steven Druker has written one of the few books I have encountered, in my many years of public interest work, with the capacity to drive major change in a major issue. What Ralph Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed was to the auto industry and what Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was to synthetic pesticides, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth will be to genetically engineered food. It is profoundly penetrating, illuminating, and compelling, and it could stimulate a monumental and beneficial shift in our system of food production.”--Joan Levin, JD, MPH



Altered Genes, Twisted Truth is a remarkable work that may well change the public conversation on one of the most important issues of our day. If the numerous revelations it contains become widely known, the arguments being used to defend genetically engineered foods will be untenable.”--Frederick Kirschenmann, Phd Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University, Author of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience



“Druker's brilliant exposé catches the promoters of GE food red-handed: falsifying data, corrupting regulators, lying to Congress. He thoroughly demonstrates how distortions and deceptions have been piled one on top of another, year after year, producing a global industry that teeters on a foundation of fraud and denial. This book is sure to send shock waves around the world."--Jeffrey M. Smith, international bestselling author of Seeds of Deception & Genetic Roulette



Altered Genes, Twisted Truth is very readable, thorough, logical and thought-provoking. Steven Druker exposes shenanigans employed to promote genetic engineering that will surprise even those who have followed the ag-biotech industry closely for years. I strongly recommend his book.”--Belinda Martineau, Ph.D., a co-developer of the first genetically engineered whole food and author of First Fruit: The Creation of the Flavr Savr™ Tomato and the Birth of Biotech Foods  



“Altered Genes, Twisted Truth reveals how the inception of molecular biotechnology ignited a battle between those committed to scientific accuracy and the public interest and those who saw genetic engineering’s commercial potential. Steven Druker’s meticulously researched book pieces together the deeply disturbing and tremendously important history of the intertwined science and politics of GMOs. Understanding this ongoing struggle is a key to understanding science in the modern world.”--Allison Wilson, PhD molecular geneticist, Science Director, The Bioscience Resource Project

About the Author

Steven M. Druker is a public interest attorney who, as executive director of the Alliance for Bio-Integrity, initiated a lawsuit that forced the FDA to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods. This revealed that politically appointed administrators had covered up the warnings of their own scientists about the unusual risks of these foods and then allowed them to be marketed illegally. In organizing the suit, he assembled an unprecedented coalition of eminent scientists and religious leaders to stand with his organization as co-plaintiffs - the first time scientists had sued a federal administrative agency on the grounds that one of its policies is scientifically unsound.

He is a prominent commentator on the risks of GE foods and has served on the food safety panels at conferences held by the National Research Council and the FDA, has given lectures at numerous universities (including the Biological Laboratories at Harvard), and has met with government official


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An amazing expose of GMOs, with a glowing endorsement by planetary hero, Dr. Jane Goodall!

I'm reading "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth" by Steven Druker. Anyone interested in the facts behind GE or GMO foods and how they were able to proliferate globally, must read this book, based on secret FDA files on the development of GMO crops. It reads like a fast paced crime novel, but it's also heavy with facts, quotes and conversations with many eminent American scientists who dared to buck the system. The author and lawyer Steven Druker successfully sued the US FDA to have these formerly top secret documents released. In this meticulous book, with a forward by Jane Goodall, Druker explodes a host of myths and lies about the safety and efficacy of GMO foods. Druker has a sound scientific background as well. One of the shockers he uncovered was that government and Monsanto-backed scientists rammed through deregulation and fast track approval of GMOs with no objective independent safety or environmental risk studies of GMO crops, their effect in human health and long term impacts to the environment. Druker quotes a number of the world's leading scientists who were demanding safety and ecological studies before releasing alien species into the food chain, but they were muzzled and suppressed.

There has been massive collusion between governments, the huge pesticide companies, agribiz and their bought and paid for scientists.

I highly recommend reading "Altered Genes, Twisted Truths". You will be amazed and shocked by what you read. And you will develop a great deal of clarity and understanding on this formerly obtuse and difficult to understand technology which, with the massive use of carcinogenic glyphosate herbicide (which the GMO crops are artificially engineered to withstand), are poisoning our world and significantly diminishing the quality of life. We've got to stop this before it's too late.
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Well I am only into the first chapter but what I have red so far is fascinating and indeed informative..I was not aware that the Biotach initiative of genetically modifying nature went back as far as the Regan administration. However it simply confirms what I had already suspected that corrupt government wanted this highly dangerous 'tinkering with nature' to go through unimpeded all of the approval channels without human trails. Everyone on the planet should inform themselves and read this book if you value the planet
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What an expos'e. If I could afford it - I would purchase a copy of this book for every
human being on the planet, especially Americans. The first copy would be gifted to Bill
and Melinda Gates.
How could the USA (allegedly) so mislead and misappropriate the traditional trust of the
world as it appears to have done? When does the repair begin?
Hopefully Mr Druker's courage in presenting this expos'e will result in Scientists, in the
true sense of the word, finding their own voices and start saying it like it truthfully is.
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I have just started reading this book, and I am finding it very easy for a lay person to read. There is such important information in this book that I think that everyone should read this book. This book and the book "Return To Food" by Sherry Strong will help anyone make very wise food choices and life choices!
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the truths uncovered in this book make me wonder why we pay to be protected by the FDA since they are traitors protecting bio industry and Monsanto to the detriment of the worlds population. A must read!!!!
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an essential work to understand what GMOs are, what they are doing to us and the conspiracy that allowed this horror to happen
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A must read!! If you care about your food and heath, you must understand what big business/money are trying to push down our collective throats, literally!

Fore warned is fore armed (with knowledge)....get it, share it.
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Certainly worth reading if you care what is happening around you. A little deep at times but the point gets across. When I started reading the book I had a hard time to put it down. Would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in this subject.
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