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Culinary pleasures or hidden poisons? Gilles-Eric Séralini & Jérôme Douzelet - Preface of Jean-Marie Pelt

Culinary pleasures or hidden poisons? Gilles-Eric Séralini & Jérôme Douzelet - Preface of Jean-Marie Pelt

For decades, science has invited itself into our dinner plates. This book asks it to sit down to dinner. International industries have systematized the use of chemicals: spreading them on the fields and using them in the breeding, processing, packaging, and distribution of our food. They constantly invade our bodies. This process has expanded to such a level that it may influence aspects of the future of humanity and the planet.
OGM tout s'explique - Christian Vélot

OGM tout s'explique - Christian Vélot

 Organismes Géniaux et Merveilleux, Organismes Génétiquement Monstrueux ou Outils Génétiques de Marketing ? Les OGM ont multipliés les facettes car multiples domaines d'utilisation et d'application. OGM et recherche fondamentale, OGM et médecine, OGM et industries, OGM dans l'agro-alimentaire, autant de catégories que l'auteur s'évertue ici à différencier afin d'éviter certains amalgames fallacieux si chers aux VRP de la transgenèse généralisée. C'est avec des expressions imagées, des métaphores audacieuses et croustillantes, le tout arrosé de quelques notes d'humour, que Christian Vélot explique, avec pédagogie et simplicité, dans un langage accessible à tous, les aspects scientifiques et sociétaux des OGM en s'appuyant sur des exemples concrets. Depuis la définition des OGM jusqu'aux questions qu'ils soulèvent - tant sur les plans sanitaire, environnemental, ethique que du point de vue sociétal -, en passant par leurs modes d'obtention, la carence d'évaluation dont ils font l'objet, et des réponses aux arguments les plus répandus chez les inconditionnels des OGM tous azimuts, cet ouvrage apporte les outils qui permettent aux citoyens de se réapproprier un débat que l'on a tenté de leurs confisquer. De la science en toute conscience...

Christian Vélot est Docteur en Biologie et Maître de Conférences en Génétique Moléculaire à l'Université de Paris-Sud.

Editions Goutte de Sable

Prix : 20 €

These GMOs that change the world - 2012

These GMOs that change the world - 2012

 

GMOs appeared in the 1980's in order to replace the plants which constitute staple food for men and animals, and nowadays they are produced by new multinational firms. These firms possess a tremendous economic power, and as they produce pesticides as well as medicines, their ambition is to patent living organisms and monopolize the world market of the food-processing industry. They do not hesitate to conceal the data which would make it possible to assess the dangerousness of their products and the risks relative to their use, as should be done. With such a stranglehold, various countries adopt diverging policies. And yet there are far too lax when it comes down to the tests on health and traceability. This should not to be tolerated anymore. To what exactly do GMOs expose men and their environment? Are the production techniques of GMOs really reliable? Are the health and environment tests adapted to the risks taken? Is it really reasonable to believe they are able to appease the world hunger? Will short-term financial stakes get the better of global health? Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini's research work and second assessment studies on the health and environment impact of commercialized GMOs and of the pesticides produced and absorbed by GMOs have been read over the world, causing division of opinion even among the partisans of the first firm involved, Monsanto. Gilles-Eric Séralini is a University Professor and research director of molecular biology at the University of Caen, also the coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Risk Commission for the French National Centre for Scientific Research, CNRS. In 1988 he was appointed as an expert for the French Government, the European Union (and continued this work for more than 20 years), and more recently he was appointed by Canada and India. He is currently the President of the Scientific Council of CRIIGEN (Committee of Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering) Ed. Flammarion (pocket)Price : 8 euros

 

Génétiquement incorrect - Gilles-Eric Séralini

Génétiquement incorrect - Gilles-Eric Séralini

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For several years now, the corporations that patent living organisms have been promising us a glorious future. Gene therapies would soon be able to cure genetic diseases, even cancer; therapeutic cloning and genetic manipulations would help us live longer and in better shape; GMOs would save the inhabitants of the most impoverished regions of the world from starvation.

However, in spite of the sensational announcements that clearly give the impression that scientists already master the whole knowledge of the genome, what do we know about genes? They are unpredictable, they network, mutate, remain silent, jump, move, get old and die – in short, they are unpredictable. Scientists are divided by a new paradigm which highlights the genome plasticity. In fact, genes do not live in a closed circuit only ruled by random laws and predetermination. They constantly interact with the environment, which exerts a capital influence on their evolution. If one does not take this relationship into account, it is impossible to understand how diseases are generated, to prevent their development in the first place or even to treat them.

This book, a first scientific set of results after the deciphering of the human genome, protects one against the siren song, against the so-called “genetically correct” practices endowed with a quadruple power: scientific, economic, military and political.

Gilles-Eric Séralini is a University professor and research director in the field of molecular biology at Caen University. His research work deals with the relationships between reproduction hormones, pollutants and cancers. Since 1988, he has also been an expert for the French Government in two government commisions in charge of assessing GMOs before and after their commercialization. He is currently the President of the Scientific Council of CRIIGEN (Committee for Reasearch and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering), consulted by the authorities of many countries. Among other books about GMO’s, he wrote OGM, Le vrai débat  (GMOs, the true debate) published by Flammarion in 2000).

Flammarion

Price: 9 euros

Flammarion

Prix : 9 euros
Plantes et aliments transgéniques - Jean-Marie Pelt

Plantes et aliments transgéniques - Jean-Marie Pelt

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Maïs, soja, colza : les plantes et aliments transgéniques font partie de notre quotidien.

Nous en consommons à notre insu, sans connaître les conséquences véritables de ces manipulations génétiques sur notre santé et notre environnement.
Face à l'aveu d'ignorance de la communauté scientifique et au constat d'impuissance des hommes politiques, de quels moyens disposons-nous pour contrôler les effets à longs terme de la consommation des O.G.M. ? Pouvons-nous résister aux pressions des multinationales de l'agro-alimentaire ? Le citoyen a-t-il encore le choix ? Ne sommes-nous pas engagés dans un processus irréversible ?
Dans un ouvrage didactique et documenté, Jean-Marie Pelt nous rappelle qu'à trop vouloir jouer les apprentis sorciers avec la nature, nous avons mis en danger les fondements mêmes de la vie.

Président de l'Institut européen d'écologie, Jean-Marie Pelt est professeur de biologie végétale et de pharmacognosie à l'Unviersité de Metz. Il est auteur de plusieurs ouvrages sur l'écologie publiés chez Fayard.

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