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presents lots of articles that explain why genetically engineered food is vastly preferable to something as quaint and outdated as organics, but nothing about the lunch menu of its employees.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…