Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 125: Kellogg's, GMO and Organic Foods

Kellogg's is under pressure to stop using genetically modified ingredients in their already-crappy cereals. Their consumer specialist responded to the boycott recently with this statement (emphasis added):
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.

Today I let Kellogg's know that their reaction is totally unacceptable:

This message is a reaction to the statements made recently regarding the boycott of Kellogg's products, specifically to the consumer specialist's comments that genetically modified plants are already cross-pollinating nearby organic plants.

The attitude expressed by Kellogg's that this is a "so what" circumstance was extremely annoying to me. It points out again (as if we need more evidence of this!) that giant corporations are not looking out for my welfare or the welfare of the planet on which we all live, and ultimately, corporations are out to make a buck. And since this is America, apparently the only way a corporation will listen to citizens is if we talk in terms of consumption or dollars.

Therefore, I will be boycotting all Kellogg's products, including those from Kellogg Company subsidiaries (Keebler, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms, and Kashi, etc etc), until Kellogg's commits to using non-genetically engineered ingredients and stops soiling the planet with their junky products.

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