An investigation of science, politics and our food production system, this text exposes the bogus science, political interference and flawed policies that threaten our food supply. The author tells the story of BSE, revealing how top scientists have been muzzled and how the epidemic continues. Then, against a backdrop of burning cows, Andrew Rowell exposes how trade and macro-economic policies overruled good science in the foot and mouth catastrophe. He also opens the black box of the so-called GM revolution to expose the myth behind the marketing. In tracing how critics are silenced in the bottom-line climate of commercialized science and privatized knowledge, Rowell tells the true story of the widely publicized Pusztai GM potato scandal of the late 1990s and the ongoing Mexican maize GM contamination affair. Finally, the book offers radical solutions to make science work in the public interest and provide food that really is safe to eat.
Table of Contents
Introduction * Safe to Eat * Treated with Derision * Silent Spread * Hot Potato * The 'Star Chamber' * Stars in their Eyes * Immoral Maize * Science for Sale * Whitehall Whitewash * Towards Safe Food and Public Interest Science * Notes * Index
Andy Rowell is a freelance writer and Investigative journalist with over 12 years' experience on environmental, food, health and globalization issues. Rowell has undertaken cutting-edge investigations for, amongst others, Action on Smoking and Health, The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, IFAW, the Pan American Health Organization, Project Underground, the World Health Organization, World in Action and WWF.
'A brilliant expos of the dangerously cosy relations between the regulators and the regulated.' The Ecologist It's so readable as to be unputdownable.' GM Watch 'An eye-opening book.' Scientific and Medical Network Research 'Rowell's title could hardly have been more ironic. his survey of the state of our eating will have choking on your steak and chips.' The Scotsman '...anyone interested in the sources and the safety of their food will find it engrossing and disturbing.' BBC Wildlife 'Don't Worry, It's Safe To Eat is as relevatory as it is common senseical and the perfect antidote to government and industry toxic spin. It will open the eyes of the sleepy and give those who are awake a clear insight into the food industry meltdown and how it could be reversed.' GM Watch 'The book is very detailed in parts... A good, informative read.' The Social Crediter 'As a book intended to spark an honest debate about food safety and the future of science, it certainly deserves admiration.' Landwards 'Considerable detail' FUTURE SURVEY, Feb 2004 'a compelling read' The New Agriculturalist