- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (8 April 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841151874
- ISBN-13: 978-1841151878
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.8 x 11.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,241,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Avoid GM Food : Hundreds of Brands, Products and Ingredients to Avoid Paperback – 8 Apr 1999
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First we had the unnatural practice of feeding recycled animal remains to herbivores--cows, sheep and pigs--which gave us BSE and its human equivalent CJD. Now we have genetic modification techniques which enable scientists to isolate and identify a gene that produces a desired characteristic, copy it, then insert it into another species. According to Joanna Blythman this could pose a more hazardous risks than BSE.
So for all those consumers who want to know the what, why, when and how about genetically modified (GM) foods look no further as this book has the answers for you. This step-by-step guide provides informative material about why you might not want to eat GM foods, why you can't rely on labels, how to avoid GM foods plus lots more.
This book is well-written and educates the consumer on how to avoid GM foods when shopping, listing specific supermarkets and food companies which are involved in the manufacture of these products. It also gives the consumer advice on how to take action to let supermarkets and politicians know how they feel on the subject. The book is a pocket-sized paperback volume which makes it light and easy to carry around--for example while out shopping.
Readers unfamiliar with certain scientific terms may find parts of this book initially difficult to understand, but it is worth persevering as the various sections become self-explanatory and ultimately straightforward.
From the Back Cover
Want to avoid genetically modified food? Not sure how to do that? Let this simple and incisive guide do the detective work for you. Written by award-winning food journalist Joanna Blythman, it summarises the arguments against GM foods, underlines why consumers are right to oppose them and explains why labels won't give you the answers you're looking for. It covers everything you need to know about:
* The types of foods most likely to be GM
* Where your supermarket stands on GM food
* Ingredients to watch out for that could be GM
* Your shopping basket profile and its GM risk
* How to avoid GM food when you eat out
This user-friendly guide puts everyday foods under the microscope and arms you with practical, detailed checklists:
* Hundreds of popular food brands rated green, amber or red according to their likelihood of containing GM ingredients
* A directory of own-label products with GM ingredients to avoid
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