Jeffrey M. Smith
|Jeffrey M. Smith|
Jeffrey M. Smith in 2009
New York, United States
|Education||Maharishi University of Management (formerly Maharishi International University)|
|Occupation||Consumer advocate, Author, Filmmaker, Activist,|
Jeffrey M. Smith (born 1956) is an American consumer activist, self-published author and politician. He is the author of two books on genetically engineered foods, one of which, Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of Our Lives, he produced as a film in 2012. He has appeared twice on The Dr. Oz Show. Smith has worked with organic food marketers and alternative health product promoters to advocate against genetically modified food. Supporters identify Smith as an influential educator on the alleged risks associated with genetically modified foods, while others point out Smith's lack of scientific background or expertise in the field. In 1998, Smith ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a candidate for the Natural Law Party. Smith is currently the executive director and sole employee of the Institute for Responsible Technology.
Smith was a Natural Law Party member in 1996 and participated in a TM-Sidhi program yogic flying demonstration in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1998 he became the party's candidate for U.S. Congress in Iowa’s First District to raise awareness about GMOs. Smith received less than 1% of the vote, losing to Republican Jim Leach. Smith worked for several years as a marketing consultant and nonprofit marketing advisor.
Smith has opposed the use of genetically modified foods since they were introduced in the 1990s. As of 2000, Smith was the spokesperson and vice president for the accredited genetically modified organism (GMO) testing company, Genetic ID. Smith authored the books Seeds of Deception in 2003 and Genetic Roulette in 2007. In 2012 Smith directed and produced Genetic Roulette, a documentary film narrated by Lisa Oz  and critical of genetically modified food. Smith is the executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and the director of the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America."
A variety of American organic food companies see Smith "as a champion for their interests", and Smith's supporters describe him as "arguably the world's foremost expert on the topic of genetically modified foods". In contrast, Michael Specter, writing in The New Yorker, reported that Smith was presented as a "scientist" on The Dr. Oz Show despite his lack of any scientific experience or relevant qualifications. Bruce Chassy, a molecular biologist and food scientist, wrote to the show arguing that 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."
The director of the Organic Consumers Association says Smith is "respected as a public educator on GMOs", while "supporters of biotechnology" have described him as "misinformed and misleading". Jon Entine, a writer and public relations professional accused Smith of being "an activist with no scientific or medical background" and claimed that Smith's views amount to "near-hysterical criticism".
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