WASHINGTON, DC– May 26, 2015 — Green America, a national nonprofit organization working to create a green economy, issued the following statement today in response to Abbott offering non-GMO versions of Similac:
“Abbott’s announcement that they are removing genetically engineered ingredients from a version of Similac Advance, followed by a non-GMO version of Similac Sensitive, is an important step forward for the company and an important advance for infant health. Parents are rightly concerned about the presence of GMOs in infant formula. Starting in the winter of 2013 tens of thousands of parents took action with GMO Inside to ask Abbott to remove GMOs. In addition, Facebook posts on the GMO Inside Facebook page urging Similac to remove GMOs reached several million more people. Consumer pressure was joined by concern from investors working with As You Sow, which highlighted the risk to Abbott of not offering non-GMO formula to parents and concerned moms like Leah Segedie of Mamavation on Change.org.
In addition to concerns about the health impacts of GMOs, evidence shows that GMOs are increasing the use of toxic herbicides due to the development of herbicide-resistant weeds. Most recently, glyphosate, which is commonly used on GMO crops, was deemed a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Parents deserve better for their children’s health and want their children to grow up in a healthier environment as well. Removing GMOs is a great first step but truly providing peace of mind to parents requires getting its non-GMO claim verified by an independent third party, such as the Non-GMO Project. We urge Abbott to make all of its infant formula non-GMO, and call on its competitors to do the same.”
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