Wait is Over: Caitlin Shetterly's New Book Modified Has
Last week Jim let Caleb takeover running the
potato harvester as he escaped from our potato harvest and drove down
the 300 miles to the organic Broad Turn Farm in the Portland
area. The occasion there was the book-launch-reception of
Maine documentary journalist Caitlin Shetterly’s long-awaited new book,
– GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future.
It was several years
ago Caitlin gained national notoriety when her heartfelt
essay about GMOs appeared in Elle
magazine, The Bad Seed:
The Health Risks of Genetically Modified Corn.
Caitlin had written about her trials to uncover what was causing her
debilitating, stubborn illness. In time, she came to the
discovery it was her family’s consumption of supposedly “safe”
genetically engineered (GE) corn that was behind her serious
malady. The earnest and honest Elle
an overnight huge and popular success to readers.
breakthrough article in Elle
also caught the attention of Monsanto and the dark, misanthropic
biotech industry. Then a bitter, horrendous, orchestrated
firestorm ensued. Elle courageously
stood behind Caitlin and defended her article from attack.
Soon, the same sort of fierce, calculated, character assassination
campaign which has plagued honest scientists - who raised genuine
concerns over GE crops - was targeted directly at Caitlin.
Smoking-gun-documents – formerly secret - secured by US Right-to-Know’s
FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests would eventually prove it was none other than Monsanto
which had paid the hired-gun shills to mount their vicious attack on
Monsanto’s sleazy, brutish efforts were
to discredit her powerful essay which had been refreshingly written
primarily for an audience of mothers and women concerned about the
well-being of their families.
Brave, bold and undeterred,
Caitlin’s next step was to commence investigating the GMO subject more
thoroughly and then write a book
about what she had
learned. Caitlin’s travels in search of the truth about GMOs
are carefully and interestingly related in this new extremely readable
In the Fall of 2013, Caitlin’s
travels brought her up here to Wood Prairie Family Farm where she
helped us with our
organic seed corn harvest.
Just before lunchtime, we made our way to the corn
patch where I was, ostensibly, meant to walk behind the tractor and
pickup corn that the tractor left behind. But the old,
antique tractor – the kind you remember from your childhood, with big
wheels and a small seat kind of like tractor in the Otis the Tractor
children’s books – was not working properly. And so Jim,
Megan, Sarah, Amy and I all walked along the rows and literally
hand-harvested the corn – shucked it – while Caleb drove the tractor,
pulling the wagon behind him, into which we lobbed our cobs as we went
along. Thinking back to that moment as I was driving across
Iowa, I almost laughed at the difference between Jim’s “put-put-puttety
chuffing” tractor and the enormous and powerful computerized control
room of Zach’s operation. What stopped my guffaw was the
realization that there is nothing in the way that Jim and his family
live that is not completely tied to their piece on earth. And
there’s a temerity and also a dignity to that.
This new book of Caitlin Shetterly’s
is MUST READ
for everyone – for all of us concerned about our food and our families
and our world. Jim is most of the way through his
first reading – a notable achievement during this busy time of the year
amid potato harvest. Caitlin
is a talented writer who warmly and effortlessly draws one in
and succeeds at turning the inherently complicated subject of genetic
engineering into an enjoyable opportunity for learning as well as
biotechnology’s self-serving successes have been predicated upon
keeping the people in the dark and in decades of buying political
favor. Biotech’s absolute worst fear is that the truth will
emerge about their fatally flawed technology. Caitlin’s book shines the light
of truth upon GE crops.
Why wouldn’t her new
writing again agitate the biotech bullies into attack mode?
The happy fact is,
as a superbly-written book, Modified
deserves to be on every Best-Seller list. You can help
that effort for Best-Seller-status by purchasing copies
today for yourself and friends.
Upon becoming a
bonafide Best Seller, the mainstream media will no longer be free to
comply with Monsanto’s behind-the-scenes manipulations to keep this
valuable landmark book unmentioned, unnoticed and out of mind.
You may find
Caitlin’s book at your local bookseller or you may
today order from our Wood
Prairie online book store.
Jim & Megan
Here to the Caitlin’s Book, Modified,
Available in Our Wood Prairie Online Bookstore.