One of the reasons that I am so passionate about organic food is because I don’t believe chemicals or genetically-modified food should be anywhere near our plates. Furthermore, it is intellectually dishonest to say that pesticides or food manipulated by biotechnology can be safe or good for us.
Multi-national food conglomerates, who have serious financial interests at stake, like to spin it the other way.
In a recent letter to consumers, Christina Calleros, the Consumer Affairs Specialist at Kellogg’s, had this to say:
“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.”
While I agree with her that they have become common in the open market, I just shudder at her claim that they are safe.
They are not safe for humans.
They are not safe for animal and human health.
They are not safe for the workers who are exposed to toxic chemicals.
They are not safe for the environment. I am reading a fantastic book now by Anna Lappe called Diet for a Hot Planet, which goes into this in great detail.
So, the next time you are in the supermarket and see these brands — Kashi, Bear Naked and Morningstar Farms — know that these are made by Kellogg’s and also contain GMO.
If you want to get more involved in this issue, the Organic Consumers Association is waging a campaign against Kellogg’s and is always looking for more support. I’ve sent my email in.