American consumer campaigner Jeffrey M. Smith penned the book “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives,” which was adapted into a film/documentary. Smith, who was born in 1956, has been a vocal opponent of genetically modified food for decades, coordinating his efforts with the organic food industry and proponents of alternative health products.
All About Jeffrey Smith
Smith, a New York native and former marketing analyst, began his career in the field in 1976. However, since then, he has made it his life’s work to lecture everywhere he goes on the merits of GMOs. He addressed government officials, consumer advocates, and medical professionals to share his concerns that eating genetically modified crops might harm human health.
Smith has accomplished what he considers to be numerous little successes, but to a number of US organic food firms, he is something of a champion. Bans on transgenic crops have been implemented in many nations across the world, and there has been a shift on the part of both merchants and customers away from goods generated from cows given biotech supplements.
Genetic Risk: A Novel
After 2003’s “Seeds of Deception,” this is Jeffrey Smith’s second novel. Former UK Environment Minister Michael Meacher MP wrote the book’s introduction when it was published in 2007.
The following is a synopsis of the book:
Anyone interested in learning more about genetically modified (GM) technology, finding out what precautions they may take, or voicing their concerns will benefit from reading this book, which was written with the help of more than 30 scientists. Seeds of Deception, written by Jeffrey Smith, is the best-selling book about GMOs in the world because of its easy-to-read writing style. Genetic Roulette is perfect for academic libraries as it is the most comprehensive resource on the dangers of genetically modified foods.
The book has a 4.24 average rating on the popular reading website Goodreads, with 49% of people giving it a perfect 5/5 and 96% saying they enjoyed it.
The Film: Genetic Roulette
The film, narrated by Lisa Oz and published in 2012, is harshly critical of GMOs. The synopsis, courtesy of the Internet Movie Database, reads as follows:
To introduce untested genetically modified (GM) crops into the environment and food supply despite warnings from the government’s own experts was a huge risk. An immature technology has endangered all forms of life and all future generations.
Hidden Threats in the United States
Twenty years of research by medical professionals has shown a disturbing pattern. In the United States, an increasing number of people are experiencing the same major health issues as laboratory animals, livestock, and pets that were fed GM foods. People and animals both benefit from better health when they cut out the use of GMOs. This groundbreaking film presents a formula for safeguarding ourselves and our future by providing strong data to explain the worsening health of Americans, especially children.
Where to Find the Film Online
You may find several places to watch the movie online for free by doing a fast Google search. You may see that non-profit organizations and individuals are allowed to screen the film publicly without paying a licensing fee by visiting the film’s official website. ‘Genetic Roulette uncovers a world most of us have never seen,’ author Frances Moore Lappe says as a recommendation for the film. It brings up serious concerns regarding genetically modified organisms, and we need solutions. In the sake of everything you care about, please pay attention and respond.
In 2012, the film earned “Movie of the Year” from Solari’s Report and “Aware Guide Transformational Films Viewer’s Choice” from the latter publication. The runtime of the movie is 1:25 and it has a 7.0 rating on IMDB.
The Arguments Against Genetic Roulette
Jeffrey Smith has been called “an activist with no scientific or medical background” by Joe Entine, a writer and public relations expert. Writer for the ‘New Yorker’ Michael Specter and molecular biologist and food scientist Bruce Chassy have both raised doubts about Smith’s credentials as a’scientist’ and his presence on the Dr. Oz show. According to a letter sent to the program by Chassy, Smith’s “only professional experience prior to taking up his crusade against biotechnology is as a ballroom-dance teacher, yogic flying instructor, and political candidate for the Maharishi cult’s natural-law party.”