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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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5 January 2013
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I'm a big fan of Joanna Blythman; she is doing us all a favour by writing these books. The early part of the book and background information is good but I was disappointed to see that much of the information about the supermarkets is very out of date as the book was published in 1999. The information about the supermarkets is in dire need of updating as GM is a very dynamic issue and many of the supermarkets she says are ok are no longer ok, so the information is unreliable. If you want to avoid eating GM and those supermarkets that are selling GM food, go online and do some research - GM freeze is a good place to start.
2 August 1999
I was so pleased someone has written this book, it's not too long, it's written by a professional, respected and independent food writer and sets out clearly what GM food is and why the issue is so important. But most of the book is simply practical tips on how to know what you're buying and eating. After all the tabloid Frankenstein Foods stories, and the Monsanto misinformation, you need information like this from someone who knows what she's talking about with no axe to grind. Accessible without being patronising. Brilliant.