Monsanto non-food

I received a forwarded message today with the following news item:

” UNITED KINGDOM. From now on, staff at the British headquarters of biotech giant Monsanto will be eating only non-genetically modified products on their lunch breaks. Foods containing genetically modified soy and corn are no longer available in the company cafeteria. Granada Food Services, which manages the canteen, is said to be concerned about health risks. Monsanto’s press department contends the action was not the result of a boycott initiated by worried employees of the U.S. multinational. ”

According to the email, this had been printed in the June 2007 ODE magazine. I did some Google searches in order to verify this information and came across a number of exact copies of this same paragraph, but couldn’t find any other source. The United Kingdom Monsanto website presents lots of articles that explain why genetically engineered food is vastly preferable to something as quaint and outdated as organics, but nothing about the lunch menu of its employees.

When I googled “Granada Food Services”, however, I came across an Associated Press item from December 21, 1999, Monsanto Eatery Bans Altered Food, stating that “[G]enetically modified food has been banned from the staff cafeteria at Monsanto Co.’s UK headquarters by the company’s own caterer, Monsanto confirmed Tuesday.” Who knows whether the cafeteria still follows the same policy, or why this is re-surfacing as “news” now, but it sure is a twisted and bizarre piece of information…


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2 Responses to Monsanto non-food

  1. artnexus says:

    You’re right — if GM foods were as harmless as the producers claim,why not proudly announce it on the label. I haven’t found any conclusive evidence though that certified organic foods may contain genetically modified ingredients — please let me know if I’m wrong. I buy groceries based on the assumption that “organic” means “free of GMO’s”, and I’m particularly concerned about soy products (I’m vegan) and corn. Stores like Trader Joe’s offer organic produce for almost the same price as the regular stuff.

  2. wildiris says:

    Yes, it’s suspicious that such an old story resurfaced.

    I still prefer to eat non-GM food. I don’t like to mess too much with nature and the interdependencies we’ve just scratched the surface of. But try avoiding GM foods these days. It’s nearly impossible, and costs a lot more! Even organic labeling (in the US) doesn’t require GM identification or exclusion, as I understand it, and I understand it’s illegal (in the US) to make claims on any label that GM is less healthy than non-GM, though thankfully it is legal to say on the label that food is “non-GM.” If we can believe that, it’s often the only information we have about genetic modification. No one labels which of their ingredients ARE GM. No one seems to want to brag about that.

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