Monsanto's Sugar Beets: The Bitter Taste


#238, August 19, 2010

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Quote of the Week

Kellogg's Tells Consumers Why They Love Their Monsanto-Made Frankenfoods

If you recently joined Organic Consumers Association's Kellogg's boycott, you probably received this letter from Christina, their "Consumer Specialist": 

Thank you for your comments regarding the use of biotechnology ingredients. Like you, we want only the best ingredients to go into our products.

Biotech ingredients are safe and have become common in the open market. Sixty to seventy percent of packaged foods in the U.S. include biotechnology crops. Even organic ingredients can contain biotech ingredients due to cross-pollination.

We use biotech ingredients based on the backing of groups including the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the American Medical Association that confirm there are no safety concerns.

You have placed trust in us to provide healthy, nutritious, and safe food. We will continue to evaluate our ingredients, suppliers and product formulas to give you the best products possible. Please be assured your concerns will be shared with our nutritionist and food developers here at Kellogg.


Christina Calleros
Consumer Specialist
Consumer Affairs, Kellogg's

Please take a moment to write to Calleros. Tell her that genetically engineered foods are not safe! Scientists reviewing Monsanto's own studies "have proven that genetically engineered foods are neither sufficiently healthy or proper to be commercialized." Genetically engineered crops and foods damage animal and human health, require vast amounts of toxic and climate-destabilizing herbicides and chemical fertilizers, generate superweeds that require deadly herbicides like 2,4-D for eradication, and spread genetic pollution into adjoining crops and plant relatives. Let her know that organic consumers don't appreciate Kellogg's "so-what" attitude toward the genetic contamination of organic crops! The Supreme Court recently ruled that the potential of genetically engineered crops to pollute organic varieties is a reason to hold back Monsanto's Frankencrops - not promote them!


Alert of the Week

Now's Your Chance to Stop Monsanto's FrankenSugar!

Court Blocks Future Crops of Monsanto's Genetically Engineered "RoundUp Ready" Sugar Beets...

...Unless the USDA Completes an Environmental Impact Statement and Decides Again to Deregulate

The Center for Food Safety has won an important legal victory in the fight to stop the spread of untested and hazardous genetically engineered crops. After ruling that the USDA (under president George W. Bush) shouldn't have approved genetically engineered sugar beets without assessing the Frankencrop's potential to contaminate conventional and organic varieties, a federal judge has blocked future crops of Monsanto's genetically engineered RoundUp Ready sugar beets. Monsanto's GE sugar beets now comprise 95% of the nation's sugar beet harvest.

The ball is in the USDA's court. The pro-biotech sugar industry is urging the USDA to rush through an Environmental Impact Statement so they can plant a new crop of Monsanto's Roundup Ready sugar beets next year.

The only thing that can stop Monsanto's sugar beets is a massive public outcry. The Center for Food Safety's legal work has given the USDA, under President Obama, the opportunity to do the right thing.

Now's our chance to press Obama's USDA to protect biodiversity and human health from contamination with FrankenGenes that never should have been released into nature or the food system!



OCA Needs Your Help to Fight Monsanto and Spread the Organic Revolution

OCA and our growing network of organic consumers and farmers understand that we have a positive life-affirming solution for the global food, health, and climate crisis: organic food, farming, and ranching. But to fight Monsanto and Big Food and get out our all-important message we need your support. Please send us a tax-deductible donation today and we'll send you a free "Millions Against Monsanto" bumper sticker so you can help spread the word in your community. Please be sure to put 'sticker' in the comments field of your donation.

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Alert Update

Organic Consumers Association's Coming Clean Campaign

Post "Panic" Pictures on Facebook!

Last week we sent you all a link to stickers that you can print out and take to stores to stick on fake organic cosmetics and body care brands (click here to take a look).

More than 3,000 of you clicked the link. Does anyone have a nice photo of one of the bogus organic brands getting tagged in the health & beauty aisle?

Post them on Facebook!

Coming Clean by

Stop Testing Cosmetics on Humans (and Animals)!

Facebook is also a great place to use the "Panic" sticker. Use this link to tag the Pages of brands committing organic fraud:


Cartoon of the Week

GMO Canola Escapes!


Video of the Week

Research Suggests Link Between Pesticides and ADHD

Marc Weisskopf, assistant professor of environmental and occupational epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, discusses a study that finds children exposed to higher levels of pesticides known as organophosphates could have a higher risk of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


Sludge Update

Study Finds Contaminants In San Francisco's Sewage Sludge "Compost"

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission quit giving away free compost it made from sewage after complaints from the OCA that the so-called "organic biosolids" material wasn't safe. Now a public interest group that has analyzed the city's compost has confirmed that it is contaminated with hazardous chemicals.


Little Bytes

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American Community Gardening Association Builds Healthy Communities Through Gardening

The Meat Industry Feels the Heat as the Sustainable-Food Movement Gains Force

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