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New Book Ponders "Irrational" Govt. Stance On GE

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New book ponders "irrational" government stance on GE

According to THE GE SELLOUT, a book just published on the GE controversy, the Royal Commission was little more than "an expensive PR exercise" whose outcome was a foregone conclusion.

Author Jonathan Eisen maintains that "lifting the Moratorium could be catastrophic for our health, our environment and our economy ? yet this government is demanding that we do it, regardless. At least 70% of all New Zealanders donít want to eat GE food, and yet this government has chosen to ignore us and the hundreds of independent scientists who have warned that commercial release of GE organisms is uncontrollable and profoundly dangerous."

So why, the book asks, is Helen Clark so willing to sell out our health, our agricultural exports and our environment? Who does this government really answer to?

"Clearly it ís not the people."

THE GE $ELLOUT attempts to explain why Helen Clark and ministers like Hobbs, Sutton and Hodgson have been so ":irrational and closed minded" about GE. It explores the idea that the Royal Commission's assignment was toìmanufacture consentî ? and why the government has been hiding behind a "smokescreen of lies" with a strategy that makes absolutely no sense whatever.

"Except to Monsanto and the biotech industry."

In his first book since Suppressed Inventions, author Jonathan Eisen has compiled compelling evidence on how far this government has gone to deceive the NZ public on the dangers of GE and to what lengths they will go to have their way. Launched on the steps of Parliament by The Hon Winston Peters, THE GE $ELLOUT presents the evidence on GE that was ignored and/or misrepresented by the Royal Commission.

Eisen maintains that the Commission never required oaths to be sworn from people giving evidence or testimony and that even its own report states that it examines "how" and not "whether" GE should be released.

"Its sole scientist was from the biotech industry," Eisen says. "That should tell you something."

The book (112 pages, $9.95) is avaiable from today at newsdealers, bookstores and health food stores, as well as from the publisher, The Full Court Press (09) 828-2823.

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