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Michael Antoniou

Michael Antoniou, PhD is a Reader in Molecular Genetics and Head of the Gene Expression and Therapy Group, King’s College London School of Medicine, UK. He has over 30 years’ experience of using genetic engineering in the investigation of gene organization and control, with over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and holds inventor status on gene expression biotechnology patents. His discoveries are being used for the production of research, diagnostic and therapeutic products, and safe and efficacious human somatic gene therapy for genetic disorders.

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Natural health expert and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews the Editor of GM Watch, Claire Robinson, about GMO myths and truths.

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  1. GMO Myths and Truths

    By Claire Robinson, Michael Antoniou and John Fagan

    It is often claimed that the case against genetically modified (GM) crops and foods is based on emotion, not science, and that to oppose GM crop and food technology is to be anti-science. It is also claimed that GM crops offer higher yields and better nutrition, that they are safe for health and the environment, that they reduce agrochemical use, and that they are needed to feed the world’s growing population. This book, co-authored by two genetic engineers and a writer/researcher, exposes these claims as false, using scientific and other documented evidence. GMO Myths and Truths summarizes the facts on the safety and efficacy of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods in terms that are accessible to the non-scientist but still relevant to scientists, policymakers and educators. The evidence presented points to many hazards, risks, and limitations of genetic engineering technology. These include harms found in animal feeding and ecological studies, which in turn indicate risks to health and the environment posed by GM crops and foods.

    The layout of the book enables those readers with limited time to read the chapter summaries, while providing more detail and full references for those who require them. At 164 pages of paperback size, this new condensed version is shorter and more accessible than the authors’ 330-page report by the same name, which has been downloaded over half a million times.

    The book shows that conventional breeding continues to outstrip GM in developing crops that deliver high yields, better nutrition, and tolerance to extreme weather conditions and poor soils. In agreement with over 400 international experts who co-authored a UN and World Bank-sponsored report on the future of farming, the authors conclude that modern agroecology, rather than GM, is the best path for feeding the world’s current and future populations in a safe and sustainable way.

    Paperback $17.95

    PUB DATE December 15, 2015

    PUBLISHER Earth Open Source