Greenpeace and the Organic Consumers Association Speak
out at Safeway's Shareholder Meeting
Groups Demand Safeway take
Risky Genetically Engineered
Ingredients out of Its Store Brand Products
SAN RAMON, Calif.
- Following a Mothers Day rally on Friday in front of the Safeway headquarters
and Mother's Day "UnSafeway" newspaper
ads on Sunday, Greenpeace and the Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
were at Safeway's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders today to voice
their concerns about the company's continued use of genetically engineered
ingredients in their Safeway brand products.
"Genetically engineered foods are untested, unnecessary
and unwanted," said Heather Whitehead, of the Greenpeace genetic
engineering campaign. "If Safeway truly cares about its customers
and its shareholders, it will live up to its name and stop doing business
the Un-Safeway," added Whitehead, "Safeway needs to decide who
they represent - their customers or the biotech industry."
Wearing 'UnSafeway' t-shirts,
the groups handed out flyers and postcards about the risks of genetically
engineered foods, to the entering shareholders.
A large banner reading "The UnSafeway:
Stop Genetically Engineered Food" was held near two giant Safeway
Brand products, Safeway Select brand Soy Infant Formula and Safeway Brand
Popped Corn Cakes, that tested positive for having genetically engineered
ingredients. The groups also sent representatives into the shareholders
meeting on proxies from concerned shareholders.
"Genetic engineering fundamentally alters nature
by crossing the species barrier for the first time in history," said
Simon Harris, of the Organic Consumers Association. "Safeway needs
to do the right thing and stop the genetic experiment with our food."
Greenpeace and the Organic Consumers Association are
both members of the GE-Free Markets Coalition, a coalition of consumer
and environmental groups from all over the country. The Coalition is targeting
Safeway and other grocery chains to force them to follow the lead of supermarkets
in Europe, along with Whole foods, Wild Oats and, most recently, Trader
Joe's, by removing GE foods from store brand products.
Greenpeace and OCA are suggesting consumers get active
and informed by:
- Letting Safeway know they don't want genetic experiments in their
- Visiting www.truefoodnow.org
- Contact: Heather Whitehead, Greenpeace genetic
engineering campaign (415)999-7404 mobile
- Simon Harris, Organic
Consumers Association (510) 525-7054