About the Author

Author Steve Druker

Author Steve Druker

About the Author Steven M. Druker is a public interest attorney
who initiated a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that forced
it to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods. This revealed that
politically appointed administrators had covered up the extensive warnings of
their own scientists about the unusual risks of these foods, lied about the
facts, and then ushered these products onto the market in violation of explicit
mandates of federal food safety law. In organizing the suit, he founded the
Alliance for Bio-Integrity and assembled an unprecedented coalition of eminent
scientists and religious leaders to stand with it as co-plaintiffs – the
first time scientists had sued a federal administrative agency on the grounds
that one of its policies is scientifically unsound.

He is a prominent commentator on the risks of genetically engineered (GE) foods
and has been a featured speaker at symposia at the British House of Commons
and the National Congress of Brazil and at press conferences sponsored by the
Brazilian Medical Association, the Swedish Consumers’ Association, and
concerned members of the European Parliament. He has served on the food safety
panels at conferences conducted by the National Research Council and the FDA;
given lectures at numerous universities (including the Biological Laboratories
at Harvard, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Copenhagen); and met
with government officials world-wide, including the UK’s Environmental
Minister and the heads of food safety for France, Ireland, and Australia. He
also conferred at the White House Executive Offices with an interagency task
force of the President’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 has extensive academic background in the history and philosophy of science
and in human development and ethics. He co-authored the introductory and final
chapters of Higher Stages of Human Development, published by Oxford University
Press, and wrote a chapter on ethical development for Transcendence and Mature
Thought in Adulthood, published by Rowman and Littlefield.

He majored in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, received
a special award for “Outstanding Accomplishment” in that field, and
graduated with “Great Distinction in General Scholarship.” He also
received his Juris Doctor from U.C. Berkeley and was elected to both the California
Law Review and the Order of the Coif (the legal honor society).

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