Steven Druker is a public interest attorney who is the executive director of the Alliance for Bio-Integrity (an American NGO). In 1998 he initiated a lawsuit that forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods, which revealed that politically influenced administrators had covered up the extensive warnings of their own scientists about the abnormal risks, misrepresented the facts, and then ushered these novel products onto the market in violation of explicit mandates of federal food safety law.
He has served on the food safety panels at conferences on GMOs conducted by the U.S. National Research Council and the FDA; has been invited to present lectures at numerous universities (including Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, and the University of Copenhagen), and has met with government officials throughout the world, including the UK’s Environmental Minister and the heads of food safety for the UK, France, Ireland, and Australia. He also conferred at the White House Executive Offices with an interagency task force of President Clinton’s Council on Environmental Quality. His articles on GE food have appeared in several respected publications, including The Congressional Quarterly Researcher, The Parliament Magazine, and The Financial Times. He earned both his B.A. (in philosophy) and his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley and received significant honors at both levels. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, graduated with “Great Distinction in General Scholarship,” and received a special award from the philosophy department for “Outstanding Accomplishment.” He subsequently was elected to both the California Law Review and the Order of the Coif (the legal honor society).
His new book, ALTERED GENES, TWISTED TRUTH: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public, was released in March 2015 with a foreword by Jane Goodall hailing it as “without doubt one of the most important books of the last 50 years.” Among the other scientists who have also praised it highly are David Schubert, a professor and laboratory director at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, who has called it “incisive, insightful, and truly outstanding”; and Joseph Cummins, a Professor Emeritus of Genetics at Western University, London, Ontario, who called it “a landmark” that should be “required reading” in every university biology course.