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Kellogg's Loves GMO Contamination of Organic - Boycott Morningstar Farms, Kashi, Bear Naked, and Gardenburger!
Organic Consumers Association and allies warned Kellogg's, if they used sugar from genetically engineered sugar beets in their foods, they would face a consumer boycott.
Kellogg's responded, claiming that, even though they don't use genetically engineered ingredients in Europe, in the U.S., "consumer concerns about the usage of biotech ingredients in food production are low."
Now, Kellogg's is telling consumers that they might as well eat their GMO-laced products because, "Even organic ingredients can contain biotech ingredients due to cross-pollination."
This is an outrageous lie!
- For one, Kellogg's admits it doesn't use GMOs in the products it sells in Europe (which doesn't tolerate GMO contamination of imported foods).
- More importantly, while it is true that GMOs threaten the organic seed supply with contamination, the USDA National Organic Program rules include residue testing requirements that would prevent contaminated products from being sold as organic.
Tell Kellogg's you'll be boycotting their products until they stop lying about GMO contamination of organic, start labeling their genetically engineered foods, and quit using GMOs in the products they sell in the U.S. Make sure you tell them that this includes a boycott of their so-called "natural" brands, Morningstar Farms, Kashi, Bear Naked, and Gardenburger! You can be sure that any products under these brands which aren't certified organic do contain GMOs.
Genetically modified foods hit store shelves in the 1990's and now just about any food that isn't certified organic, and contains milk, soy, cotton, canola, corn, squash, papaya, sugar or alfalfa, contains genetically modified ingredients. Non-organic meat, fish and eggs are likely to be from animals raised on genetically engineered feed and could be the product of cloned animals.
Genetically engineered sugar beets have been grown commercially in the US since 2008. That year about half of the crop was genetically engineered. The industry projected that about 90 percent of sugar beets would be genetically engineered by 2009. So, with 50% of the sugar supply from sugar beets, most of us have probably already been exposed to genetically engineered sugar.
Monsanto wouldn't be able to accomplish this lightning-fast market saturation without the monopolistic power it gained by buying up seed companies. While industrial producers say they like the way the herbicide-resistant crop saves labor, they are wary of the power Monsanto has to restrict their choices and raise prices.
While Monsanto clearly plans to make its GE sugar beets farmers' only option, experts said that the seed companies would have enough non-GMO seed if the court decided to follow up its ruling that GE sugar beets were approved illegally with a moratorium.
If Monsanto's GE sugar beets end up winning out, the other concern farmers will have is whether Monsanto's sugar beet seed will continue to be effective. Monsanto's supposedly Roundup-resistant sugar beets have been known to die in alarming numbers after having been sprayed with Roundup. Another danger is that the Roundup Ready sugar beets will transfer their resistance to wild relatives, spawning super weeds. In recent years, Europe's sugar production was devastated by the natural hybridization of the sea beet weed and the sugar beet.
GE sugar beets are dangerous for people, pollinators and the environment. The risks of GE sugar beets are enhanced by the fact that they contaminate non-GMO crops. Just to name one example, GE sugar beet specklings were inexplicably found in potting soil mix sold to gardeners at a landscape supply business.
GE sugar beet production significantly reduces the number of bees and butterflies in beet fields.
GE sugar beets are designed to withstand strong doses of Monsanto's controversial broad spectrum Roundup herbicide. Studies indicate farmers planting Roundup Ready crops spray large amounts of the herbicide, contaminating both soil and water. Farmers planting GE sugar beets are told they may be able to apply the herbicide up to five times per year.
Roundup, also known as glyphosate, is linked to cancer. Monsanto has successfully lobbied to increase human exposure to its carcinogen. When it first commercialized its Roundup Ready crops, Monsanto applied for and was granted an increase in the level of herbicide residue allowed to remain on the crop.
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