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?
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.