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Sorry Kellogg’s, We Disagree

Sorry Kellogg's

Yesterday, via The Kellogg Company responded to GMO Inside’s recently launched “Fresh Start – Get GMOs Out of your Breakfast” action.

As expected, a Kellogg’s spokesperson (Kris Charles) disputed our efforts and claimed GMOs are safe, stating, “leading health organizations worldwide have concluded that GMOs are safe. They require fewer pesticides, provide improved nutrition, and with increased yields, will help feed the world’s ever-increasing population.”

Well, Mr. Charles, we respectfully, and entirely, disagree.

When it comes to health problems a growing number of studies have shown the negative health side-affects in both humans and rats.  The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients citing animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility.  And, according to the Institute for Responsible Technology, increased exposure to genetically modified food has led to an increase in food allergies, reproductive disorders, and digestive problems for humans.

When it comes to pesticides, we’re sorry Kellogg’s, but once again you have it wrong.

In his post on Earth Island Journal, Jason Mark explains that farmers are in fact increasing their use of herbicides usage on genetically engineered crops.

“If you compare the figures here and here from the US EPA, you’ll see that between 2001 and 2007 global insecticide use did drop. But during that same period (as the percentage of GMO crops increased) herbicide usage continued to grow. This is especially important given that most GM crops (about 80 percent) are engineered to be herbicide resistant. Farmers are spraying more herbicides because that is precisely what the crops are created for — to allow for being doused with chemicals that kill competing weeds and still allow the plant to live. A peer-reviewed study published last year in Environmental Sciences Europe found that GM plantings in the United States led to a 7 percent increase in chemical spraying.”

And finally, on the topic of higher yields, Kellogg’s is once again off the mark.

Studies have shown that genetically engineered crops often yield the same as non-genetically engineered crops, or less in the case of soy beans.  And, given the first issue we addressed—negative health impacts—why would we want more of these foods on the market?

See Earth Open-Source for more info on GMO Yields.

So, how can you trust a cereal manufacturer that ignores the facts about GMOs? The Kellogg’s spokesperson gets his facts wrong in nearly every case.  Does this inspire confidence in the manufacturer of the products you choose for you and your family to start the day?

As the trade unionist Nicholas Klein said in 1914 address to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America in Baltimore: “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.”

Well, we’re not building GMO-free monuments with Kellogg’s, yet, but we hope we can get there. Kellogg’s, we urge you to be a leader in the field of Non-GMO cereal—please reconsider your statement and your actions by taking GMOs out of your products.

If you’d like to send a message to Kellogg and General Mills you can sign our online petition here.

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  1. Joe Garman
    January 26, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    Go, Liz! This is exactly right. Kellogg’s is wrong.

    I really like GMO Inside’s call to action for Kellogg’s and General Mills:

    (1) Label your GMO ingredients.

    (2) Remove GMO ingredients from your food.

    (3) Stop funding the opposition to state-level GMO labeling initiative.

  2. Deanne B
    January 26, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    To be fair to Kellogs, do you have all of his comments? I absolutely disagree with his statements, am curious which leading health organizations he is referencing?

  3. Jo
    January 26, 2013 at 2:08 am #

    “leading health organizations worldwide have concluded that GMOs are safe…” hmmmmmmm, which is why half the world has banned them, right? Yeah. right.

    You make me sick, Kelloggs. Literally.

    • Jorge
      February 21, 2013 at 1:20 am #

      scientists have now grown a burger in a laboratory. Somehow, I think it will make it’s way to the grocery stores and will eventually be super cheap…but I doubt that Kathleen Sibelius will be chowing down on a laboratory created burger anytime soon.

  4. Rich
    January 26, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    Please slap a label on your products so we all know which ones to NOT buy!


    • Zeeshan
      February 20, 2013 at 2:25 am #

      When are we going to learn? Seriously. Between genetically-engineered crops that alerday have 10% of the nutritional value they did 60-70 years ago due to leeched soil, pesticides, preservatives, additives, and the list goes on and on We’re just killing ourselves.Hopefully with websites like this and people like you, we can slowly but surely make a change. Thanks for the article and PDF.

    • Elizardo
      February 21, 2013 at 2:05 am #

      I’ve always thohgut it odd that organic and natural food in other words, actual unadulterated food get the special labeling, while the stuff most people think of as normal food should actual get a slew of labeling I looked up one time the number of chemicals on pesticide-sprayed strawberries and they would have a pretty long, scary ingredient list! Personally, I think organic strawberries should get to just be labeled Strawberries, and non-organic should be labeled Genetically-Modified & Chemical Pesticide Sprayed Strawberries.

  5. TM
    January 28, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    Speaking to one comment attributed to Mr. Charles, “They require fewer pesticides.” A post made by Mr. Jason Mark on Earth Island Journal confirms Mr. Charles comment as being correct. That being said, Mr. Charles is really toying with his intended and unintended audience by distracting them from the real issue at hand. While pesticide use may be down, the real issue is the dramatic increase in herbicides. It is important the we, as educated consumers participating in the global fight to have clean food, clean water, clean air, soil and good health and control the destiny of our future food sources and supplies that we do not become distracted by buzz words throw as curve balls by the industrialized food-like substance and their spokespersons. Mr. Charles knew quit well what he did when he used the term “pesticides” avoiding the term “herbicides.” He threw a red herring out in the opposit direction; like a ball for a dog hoping we would be distracted enough to fetch. Be proactive listeners and the proactive responders. Not emotionally stimulated reactors. Reactors explode. Responders clean up and sustain.

    • Elizabeth O'Connell
      January 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

      Thank you for your comment TM, and thoughtful clarification re: pesticides and herbicides. There is definitely a lot of confusion out there.

      • Roman
        February 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

        This is great, thank you. I try to shop at WholeFoods which I think as a company does not purcahse any GMO foods but I can’t always buy there .so my policy is to go for organic and whole foods .i.e. fruits and veggies and local eggs, milk and meat!

    • L.J.WATERS
      February 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm #


      • Anna
        March 28, 2013 at 10:10 am #

        Way to absolutely dodge my oraiingl argument. I didn’t even say that changing hundreds of genes was a good thing. Fact is, changing as much as one tiny gene can actually make the whole organism immune to bugs or disease. As for nutrients in most crops, poor people can’t afford? to plant anything else than rice, which, as nature would have it, is poor in vitamins or proteins. Now, adding a gene that makes the rice produce additional vitamins is, in fact, not bad for you.

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