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Eating in the Dark: America's Experiment with Genetically Engineered Food

by Kathleen Hart

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Everyone was talking about the Omnivore's Dilemma recently, Eating in the Dark exposes the American food industry in the same style. Its tone is a little bit more dry, could it be why it didn't become a bestseller?

I thought if one was a vegetarian, one was already a huge step up from all the meat-eaters out there, well, after reading this book, I don't know what we could safely eat anymore. A huge part of our diet contains GMO corn and soy and their byproducts: from soda to vitamins, almost nothing is free of these substances. Scientists invented GMO products to make them more resistant to spoiling and more nutritious (i.e. by adding vitamins), but no one knows what is the effect of eating GMO foods longterm.

No human study has been done with GMO foods, the one study with mice showed "immune system damage and organ size changes," the lead researcher was later removed from his esteemed positions and essentially gagged.

People from other countries don't even import America's GMO foods because they aren't sure what the foods do to human bodies. The author argues that Americans are the guinea pigs, gulp. ( )
  emigre | Jun 10, 2007 |
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Genetically modified food is in the news and on our plates. And while consumers may not have known they were being used as lab rats, America's uncontrolled experiment with such "inventions" as StarLink corn, with its built-in insecticide, is already well under way. In Eating in the Dark, environmental journalist Kathleen Hart examines the battles being fought in boardrooms, grocery stores, and government agencies over the creation, distribution, and regulation of genetically engineered organisms. The truth is quite disturbing. Companies like Monsanto began releasing modified seeds to farmers in the 1990s, but consumers weren't informed. From baby formula made from engineered soybeans to taco shells that cause dangerous allergy attacks, the stories here are well-researched and frightening. Hart accuses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of aiding and abetting what she calls a public health "nightmare," and she calls for both intense research and strong legislation as a way of getting the experiment under control. --Therese Littleton

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