Tuesday, July 8, 2008

GE Sugar beets

I received my Organic Consumer's Association newsletter today.

First of all, it said that a boycott is being called for for Kellogg's products - they are planning to switch to Genetically Engineered sugarbeets this year, stating that consumer's do not care if the foods they buy are genetically engineered or not.

I'm always bothered by genetically engineered foods - from a political and world-view standpoint, large companies sell ge corns and beans to farmers in poor countries so that the farmers cannot renew their resources (and are forced to buy again and again from them), as the ge plants do not seed. Monsanto sprays their toxins onto neighboring farms, and then sues the farmer for the dues owed for growing Monsanto's genetically engineered crops. From a natural standpoint, there are far too many "fake foods" (as we call them in my home) in this world, and it should be criminal the things that are passed off as nutrition - especially targeting the poor.

Today I learned that the reason sugar beets are being genetically engineered in the first place is so that they can withstand very high doses of herbicide.

Doesn't that appeal to you?

I've joined the boycott.


KMDuff said...

that's pretty gross/wrong. Easy to boycott since I don't think I buy much of their stuff anyway.

MamaK said...

EWWW! That makes me so mad. It's the who cares attitude that makes it even worse. Asses. I am so in on the Boycott.-K

Anonymous said...

Glad to see more people are equaly disturbed. Luckily we don't eat Kellogg anyway but they should know people DO care about frankenfoods.

PS Can you change the heartschooling link to my new one? http://naturalhappyandfree.com

julie said...

Just found your site and love the idea.Please add me to the list.

EricaLeigh said...

I like it when boycotts are easy! Plus, then I can say it, and feel like I did when I was four and told everyone that we boycotted Nestle because they wanted mommies to use dirty water and formula instead of breastfeeding!!

piscesgrrl said...

What you say about M*nsanto is true. Honestly, they're the devil. I've read horrible stories about them "taking on" small farmers. It's madness.

This new diet my doctor has me on (for health reasons, not weight loss reasons - though that's a positive 'side effect'!) is extremely stripped down, so all I'm eating is meat, vegetables, eggs, and nuts. Fortunately, I get the beef and chicken and eggs from our going-organic family farm, veggies from my organic garden, and the rest is extremely easy to buy organic. I feel like a new woman! And M*nsanto can b*te it.