Suggested Reading: Seeds Of Deception

October 4, 2012

There’s a lot of talking going on about GMOs these days. Part of it is due to California Proposition 37 that, if passed, will require proper labeling on food containing GMO. Part of it is due to a recently published French research suggesting that genetically modified foods may cause cancer overtime. Part of it is due to the total lack of knowledge on GMOs by most of the population.
I used to know very little about GMOs and I’m currently trying to fill this gap. I somehow assumed that GMOs were bad but didn’t know what they actually are, where you can find them, and so on...
During my research I stumbled upon a book “Seeds of Deception” by Jeffrey Smith: the world's bestselling and #1 rated book on GMO. It provided for a great reading experience and plenty of information on GMOs. I strongly suggest you give it a go!

First off let me say that this book is very comprehensive, very well written, and pretty accessible even with complicated topics such as genetic engineering process on DNA.
If you know little, like myself, you’ll find that the most disturbing thing about GMOs is that the process of genetic engineering is anything but straightforward science as one can think.
In fact, chunks of genetic material jump all over the place once they are inserted by scientists into plants, and apparently there is no prediction where they will go, or what effect they will have.
There’s so much that we just don’t know about this.
Anyway, the author provides many corroborative sources for his book: he has extensively researched FDA reports and quoted several people in his analysis of GMOs and their impact on society.
With detailed precision, his research reveals the close ties between the government and the biotechnology industries in several aspects of GMO production.
It would be easy to dismiss this book as a partisan rant against Republicans and Corporate America, but Smith is pretty even in his indictments. He accuses both Democratic and Republican administrations in the US that have allowed GM foods to be marketed without proper safeguard and testing.
Fortunately, the Europeans and other overseas markets have put on a pretty strong resistance against GMO and have, on several occasion, denied the entry of genetically modified food products on their market. These actions have made several highly promoted products uneconomical to produce, and have taken a bit of a toll on the GMO industry. A bit of a safe harbour for all worldwide agriculture.
In the final part of the book, Smith provides some helpful suggestion on how the reader can protect him/herself against unknowingly consuming GM foods.
What you’ll find out is that as of today there are only 4 GMO veggies and fruits sold in supermarkets: papaya, but only from Hawaii and nowhere else; some zucchini and yellow squash, and some corn on the cob.
GMO makes for 86% of corn, 93% of canola, 85% of soybean, a good amount of rice and cotton seed oil, produced in the US today. Those products make their way onto our tables through processed food, dairy, meat, and other ways.
This is why I highly recommend reading this book, to acquire knowledge on this topic and be able to make better choices foodwise.
Just think about it, if the Europeans are so fearlessly against GMO there must be a reason, right?
So read this book, it’s about knowing what you’re eating ,which is big part of your health and about who you are!

The Iron You


  1. I really enjoy your blog and find inspiration reading it! I love your reviews and that your are dedicated to furthering the health of your body and mind. May I suggest reading The Whole Soy Story: The darkside of America's favorite healthfood ? I think it may give you a more comprehensive take on the whole Soy Milk issue. I noticed you had written an article on that.

  2. A recent trial connected consumption of GM maize with cancers in mice. For more details:
    It is scary how little research is done before products are marketed isn't it?