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There are five solid reasons that genetic engineering is not right for agriculture.


From Uncertain Peril – Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds  by Claire Hope Cummings:

One: It’s bad science. It was developed on the basis of flawed assumptions which have since been discredited by the scientific community.

Two: It’s bad biology. It was deployed without regard for its potential for genetic contamination and its risks to human health.

Three: It’s bad social policy. It puts control over seeds and the fundamentals of our food and farms into the hands of a few corporations who have their own, not our, best interests in mind.

Four: It’s bad economics. After billions of dollars and thirty years, only a few products have been commercialized, and they offer nothing new. No one asked for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and given a choice, consumers would reject them.

Five: It’s bad farming. GMOs don’t address the real issues plaguing agriculture; they’re designed to substitute for or increase the use of proprietary weed and pest control chemicals. Patented and genetically altered seeds perpetuate the very worst problems of the industrial food system, and they are undermining the autonomy of the farmers who use them.

Source: Claire Hope Cummings, Uncertain Peril – Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds

© By Claire Hope Cummings 2008; Published by Beacon Press, ISBN-13: 978-0807085813

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Reviews for Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds Paperback

“A must-read for anyone concerned about plants and what the privatization and manipulation of seeds may mean for the future of food”. —Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

“This fine volume provides the details of the way we do things now-and the keys to getting towards a farming future that might actually work.”—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

“Although the advent of GM foods has been described and criticized before, Uncertain Peril is the most coherent, complete, compelling, and well-written account yet.”—Chip Ward, author of Hope’s Horizon

“Highly readable . . . Cummings uses her finely tuned storytelling skills to explain why crop diversity is important, who controls commercial seeds, and why it matters that the biotech industry has tried to systematically destroy . . . the age-old right of farmers to save and reproduce their own seeds.”—Hope Shand, Grist

Uncertain Peril gives us passionate and persuasive reasons why we need more public discussion of the risks and benefits of agricultural biotechnology. Cummings never loses sight of the key question: Who decides what foods we eat?”—Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics and What to Eat

“The clearest and most passionate analysis and overview of the biotech seeds debate I’ve ever encountered.”—Pat Mooney, author of Shattering

“I hope everyone reads it!” —John Seabrook, staff writer, the New Yorker

“[Cummings’s] persuasive book reminds us all that we can no longer be passive observers to the world around us-our future depends on it. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal, starred review

“A persuasive account of a lesser-known but potentially apocalyptic threat to the world’s ecology and food supply-the privatization of the Earth’s seed stock . . . stark food for thought.” —Publishers Weekly

“A meticulous and lucid exposé . . . this wake-up call should renew public debate about our food and land use.” —Booklist, starred review


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For reference and reading:

Ban GMOs Now – Health and Environmental Hazards, Especially in Light of the New Genetics,” by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Dr. Eva Sirinathsignhji, Institute of Science in Society; July 2013 (52 pages)

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Deficiencies in Federal Regulatory Oversight of Genetically Engineered Crops,” by Brian Tokar, Institute for Social Ecology Biotechnology Project (published by Environmental Commons); June 2006

Rubber-Stamped Regulation: The Inadequate Oversight of Genetically Engineered Plants and Animals in the United States,” By Genna Reed, Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Volume 14, Issue 3; 2014 (12 pages

GM Food Nightmare Unfolding in the Regulatory Sham,” by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Joe Cummins and Peter Saunders, Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease, 1-12; May 14, 2007 (13 pages)

Twenty Years of Failure – Why GM Crops Have Failed to Deliver on Their Promises,” Edited by Janet Cotter, Marco Contiero, Dirk Zimmermann and Justine Maillot; Greenpeace. November 2015 (40 pages)

Golden Rice: Myth, not Miracle,” by Vandana Shiva, GMWatch; January 12, 2014

Non-GM soy more sustainable than GM – study,” by Claire Robinson; GMWatch; July 2, 2015

Failure to Yield – Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops,” by Doug Gurian-Sherman, published by: Union of Concerned Scientists; April 2009. (50 pages)

Brazil’s National Cancer Institute names GM crops as cause of massive pesticide use,” by Claire Robinson, GMWatch, April 9, 2015

Are GM Crops Better for the Environment?” published by: the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN); May 2015. (43 pages) Report 2

Are GM Foods better for Consumers?” published by: the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN); September 2015 (50 pages) Report 3

Are GM Crops Better for Farmers? – Report 4,” published by: the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN); November 2015 (43 pages)

Do we need GM crops to feed the world?”  Published by: Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN); December 2015 (24 pages) Report 6

GMOs are not necessary to feed the World,” by Jeff Kirkpatrick, Ban GMOs Now; January 6, 2016

Who Benefits from GM Crops? – Feeding the Biotech Giants, not the World’s Poor,” by Juan Lopez Villar, Bill Freese, Helen Holder, Kirtana Chandrasekaran and Lorena Rodriguez; published by: Friends of the Earth International, February 2009 (48 pages)

Who Benefits from GM Crops? The Rise in Pesticide Use,” by Juan Lopez and Bill Freese, published by Friends of the Earth International; January, 2008 (45 pages)

Genetically Engineered Crops, Glyphosate and the Deterioration of Health in the United States of America,” by Nancy L. Swanson, Andre Leu, Jon Abrahamson and Bradley Wallet; published in the Journal of Organic Systems, 9(2), 2014 (32 pages)

Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. — the first sixteen years,” by Charles Benbrook, Environmental Sciences Europe; December 2012, 24:24

Genetically Modified Organisms: A Summary of Potential Adverse Effects Relevant to Sustainable Development – Biosafety Report,” by Georgina Catacora-Vargas and Anne I. Myhr, GenØk – Centre for Biosafety; February 2011 (86 pages)

Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops,” by Ramon J. Seidler, PhD, Office of Research and Development, Western Ecology Division in Corvallis OR; September 2014 (12 pages)

Genetically Modified Living Organisms and the Precautionary Principle,” by Professor Dr. Ludwig Krämer, Testbiotech; September 2013. (72 pages)

The Precautionary Principle Requires to be Interpreted Critically and Pre-emptively for its Proper Application to the Unique Risks of GM crops,” By Aruna Rodrigues, Third World Network. March – April, 2015 (59 pages)   [Lead Petitioner (Public Interest Writ (PIL) in India’s Supreme Court)]

Monarchs in Peril: Herbicide-Resistant Crops and the Decline of Monarch Butterflies in North America,” by Bill Freese and Martha Crouch, PhD, Center for Food Safety; February, 2015 (88 pages)

Unknown Benefits, Hidden Costs,” by Ben Lilliston & Jim Kleinschmit, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy; August 4, 2015

The Bees’ Burden – An Analysis of Pesticide Residues in Comb Pollen and Trapped Pollen from Honey Bees in 12 European Countries,” by Paul Johnston, Christiane Huxdorff, Gergely Simon & David Santillo, Greenpeace Research Laboratories;  April 2014 (55 pages)

Dripping Poison – An Analysis of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in the Guttation Fluid of Growing Maize Plants,” by Gergely Simon, Christiane Huxdorff, David Santillo & Paul Johnston, Greenpeace International; December, 2013 (15 pages)

Heavy Costs: Weighing the Value of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Agriculture,” by Sarah Stevens & Peter Jenkins; Center for Food Safety  2014 (24 pages)

Glyphosate Effects on Plant Mineral Nutrition, Crop Rhizosphere Microbiota, and Plant Disease in Glyphosate-Resistant Crops,” by Stephen O. Duke et al, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry; 2013 December 11; 61(51): 12745

Scientist finding many negative impacts of Roundup Ready GM crops,” by Ken Roseboro, published by: The Organic & Non-GMO Report; January/December 2010

Glyphosate Herbicide Found in Many Midwestern Streams, Antibiotics Not Common,” by USGS (U.S. Geological Survey); August 4, 2015

Scientists Reveal Glyphosate Poisons Crops and Soil,” by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Institute of Science in Society; May 19, 2010

U.S. researchers find Roundup chemical in water, air,” by Carey Gillam, Reuters; August 31, 2011

The Environmental Impacts of Glyphosate,” published by: Friends of the Earth Europe; June, 2013 (20 pages)

Widespread Glyphosate Contamination in USA,” by Dr. Eva Sirinathsinghji, Institute of Science in Society; October 8, 2014

A Valuable Reputation Suppression and Attacks on Tyrone Hayes,” by Rachel Aviv, published by: The New Yorker; February 10, 2014

Anniversary of a Whistleblowing Hero,” by Jeffrey Smith (Institute for Responsible Technology), published by: The Huffington Post; May 25, 2011

Biotech Propaganda Cooks Dangers out of GM Potatoes,”by Jeffrey Smith (Institute for Responsible Technology), published by: The Huffington Post; May 25, 2011

Journal editor admits involvement in Ermakova ‘set-up’” by GM-Free Cymru

Transgenic pollen harms monarch larvae,” john Losey, Linda Rayor & Maureen Carter, Nature 399, 214. May 20, 1999.

Yet again — Monsanto seeks to suppress ‘inconvenient’ GMO research,” by GMO-Free Cymru

Please Stop Dangerous Attacks on ALL Independent GMO Researchers,” by Jeffrey M. Smith, published by: GMO Judy Carman; June 3, 2013

The Silencing of Hector Valenzuela,” by PR Watch; April 2015

CORRUPT: The Government’s Revolving Door with Monsanto,” by Sara, Sally Homemaker

The Genetic Engineering of Food and the Failure of  Science – Part 1: The Development of a Flawed Enterprise,” by Don Lotter,  International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 31-49; December 19, 2008 (19 Pages)

‘Big 6’ Pesticide and GMO Corporations,” by SourceWatch (undated)

Seedy Business: What Big Food is hiding with its Slick PR Campaign on GMOs,” by Gary Ruskin, published by: USRTK (U.S. Right to Know); January, 2015 (63 pages)

Meet the Scientific ‘Experts’ Claiming GMO Foods are Safe,” by Michele Simon, Eat Drink Politics; September 12th, 2012

GMO Myths and Truths – 2.3 Myth: The Nicolia review compiles 1700+ studies showing that GMOs are safe,” an excerpt from “GMO Myths and Truths 2nd Edition,” by John Fagan PhD, Michael Antoniou PhD, and Claire Robinson MPhil; published by: Earth Open Source (2014).

The Absurdity of Claiming that ‘All GMOs are Safe,” by Dr. Belinda Martineau, Biotech Salon; June 16, 2015


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