In 1998, when Steven Druker’s organization, the Alliance for Bio-Integrity, and several other plaintiffs, including 9 well-credentialed life scientists, filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they had no idea what they were about to discover and uncover. The story that unfolded through the process of this lawsuit is so appalling and outrageous, that it leaves one with a sense that a grave injustice has been perpetuated against the American people by the FDA and others.
I spoke with Steven Druker, attorney and author of the page-turning book, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public. In his book, Druker meticulously details the evidence he discovered through the discovery process of the lawsuit. He writes about how genetically engineered foods (GE foods), which the FDA said were generally recognized as safe (GRAS) first achieved commercialization only because the FDA covered up the extensive warnings of its own scientists about their abnormal risks, lied about the facts, and deliberately violated federal food safety law by allowing them onto the market without having been proven safe through standard testing. Druker outlines how the FDA and other GE proponents have created so much confusion that although US food safety law in regard to GE foods is much stricter than EU law, most people are under the illusion it’s weaker. He explains that these inadequately tested foods have entered the American market, not due to the law’s failings, but to the FDA’s failure to obey it.
In each chapter, Druker unfolds a story of deception, corruption and manipulation and how the American people are being deceived about the safety of GE Foods and how the FDA illegally allowed them into the marketplace. For example, most people are unaware that, contrary to the claims of biotech advocates, humans have indeed been harmed by consuming the output of genetic engineering – and that the technology’s first ingestible product (a food supplement of the essential amino acid L-tryptophan) induced an epidemic that killed dozens of people and seriously sickened thousands, permanently disabling many of them. Moreover, the evidence points to the genetic alteration as the most likely cause of the unusual contamination that rendered the supplement toxic. Nor is it widely known that numerous laboratory animals have also suffered from eating products of genetic engineering and that well-conducted tests with GE crops have yielded many troubling results, including intestinal abnormalities, liver disturbances, and impaired immune systems.
Druker also spoke about Michael Taylor, who currently is the Senior Advisor and Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, and his ties to Monsanto and the industry, and how this revolving door process has effected policy making at the highest level.
There is so much more in this book than we had the time to talk about in this interview and perhaps we will do another interview in the future. The outcome of the lawsuit will leave you incredulous. The content of Druker’s book is so relevant and important to everyone!
Jane Goodall wrote the forward to the book and stated:
“To me, Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth is a must read for everyone so that the information that has been suppressed by the FDA and others can be known about the inherent dangers of these GE Foods that are in our grocery stores and are not even labeled. This information is important so that each of us can make a decision on what we feed our families and our children. I highly recommend you listen to this show and then read the book. To hear this compelling interview, click on the link at the bottom of the page.