In Altered Genes, Twisted Truths, Steven Druker reveals the collaboration between the pesticide industry and its media apologists to obscure the truth about the health and efficacy of GMO’s in agriculture.
The book chronicles a decades-long manipulation of public opinion on the subject, revealing how both corrupted government agencies and mainstream media-outlets have been selective about what they report in order to appease the interests of the GMO industry.
Meticulously documented, the book uses both credible facts and, occasionally, creative metaphors to convey the dangers of unchecked genetic modification.
In one passage, Druker demonstrates the risks of attempting to manipulate the “code” of physical reality by pointing to the difference between what programmers call “spaghetti code”, or code that might produce unforeseen reactions with other code, and “ravioli code”, or code designed to relate data in a more discrete packages less likely to result in bugs.
“But even the most complex human-made system seems simple compared to nature’s software.” writes Druker, “We do not know what all the components are, nor do we fully understand how they are arrayed. Although DNA is commonly regarded as the locus of a cell’s information system, the evidence indicates that the system is not fully localized within that molecule-and that some of its most important parts reside elsewhere.”