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October 29, 2008 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: AUY , GLD , OIL

http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2008/8/7/164144/8933?source=daily  Let me now just add a little Round up to my diet. Thank you so much Kellogg just another stock I can't buy or food I can't let my children eat. I just wonder if all of the powers around the world are eating this food ( including        corn, cotton, soy, and canola. Most of these are engineered to withstand repeated, large doses of herbicides. For the most part, these crops and their byproducts are largely fed to animals with the exception of some minor food ingredients and oils )   and giving it to their children. I wonder if they have had blood work done to see if their genes are mutating also. Just a thought.
Not a sweet proposition As GMO sugar beets sneak into the food supply, citizens fight back Posted by Lisa J. Bunin (Guest Contributor) at 2:29 PM on 08 Aug 2008 Read more about: agriculture | food | GMOs | business | grassroots activism Tools: print | email | + digg | + del.icio.us | + reddit | + stumbleupon

"Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
-- Anthropologist Margaret Mead

Even if you've heard the above quote many times before, the sentiment expressed is so powerful that I think it's worth repeating. All around the world, small groups of people are organizing public support for improved food safety and successfully challenging large corporations to change their behavior.

That's exactly what Flint Michigan residents Kathleen Kirby and Mark Fisher are banking on: their power to influence change. They're participating in a nationwide consumer boycott of Kellogg's Co. instigated by the Organic Consumers Association. By boycotting the world's largest cereal company, they hope to pressure Kellogg's into rejecting the use of sugar from genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets and to spark widespread market rejection in products ranging from cereal to baby food to candy.

As you may know, Roundup Ready sugar beets are genetically altered to resist Monsanto's toxic weed killer, Roundup, and its active ingredient, glyphosate. But here's the scary truth about these beets:

When the USDA first approved GE sugar beets for commercial planting in 1998, the EPA also increased the maximum allowable residues of glyphosate on sugar beet roots from just 0.2 parts per million to 10ppm. That's a staggering 5,000 percent increase of allowable toxins on beet roots. And, it's little surprise that EPA made this policy change at the request of Monsanto.

Sugar beet roots contain sucrose that's extracted, refined, and processed into the sugar used in the foods we eat. What this means is that the more GE ingredients that find their way into our food, the greater the likelihood that we are ingesting more toxic chemicals.

Thankfully, GE sugar beets have never been grown in the U.S. for sale to food manufacturers -- that is, until this year, when Western farmers planted their first crop of Monsanto's Roundup Ready sugar beets. Right now, over half of the sugar used in U.S. processed foods comes from sugar beets, with beet and cane sugars combined in those products. What's most disturbing is that once GE sugar beets hit the market, which could be as early as next year, there will be no way to know if we're eating GE sugar because GE ingredients are not labeled.

Currently, only four major GE crops are sold commercially -- corn, cotton, soy, and canola. Most of these are engineered to withstand repeated, large doses of herbicides. For the most part, these crops and their byproducts are largely fed to animals with the exception of some minor food ingredients and oils. GE beet sugar breaks with this tradition in that it could become the first major GE ingredient added to almost all processed foods on our grocery store shelves.

Last week, Hershey's in Brazil announced that it would not source ingredients from Cargill, one of the world's largest food providers, because the company could not guarantee that soy, lecithin, and oils were not GE. This successful public pressure campaign, led by Greenpeace, influenced the company to reject GE beet sugar. It also demonstrates how individuals who care about food safety can mobilize collectively to make a difference.

Several years ago, Hershey's in the U.S. publicly stated that it would refuse to use GE beet sugar, but the company has been noticeably silent on the issue ever since. A double standard is not likely to prevail in the U.S., where organizations such as Don't Plant GMO Beets have helped to generate more than a hundred thousand protest letters. These letters, from people like Kirby and Fisher, show companies that there's strong opposition to the use of GE sugar beets in our food.

Like Hershey's, Kellogg's is only one of thousands of companies that may soon be using GE sugar -- perhaps without even knowing that they are doing so! That could be the case unless, of course, consumer pressure forces the market to reject GE beet sugar.

Kirby and Fisher know that as a market leader, Kellogg's could lead the charge in rejecting GE beet sugar and influence other companies to follow suit.

They also know that although they are just two people living in a small, Midwestern city north of Detroit, and with the Internet at their disposal, they are on their way to changing the world, one e-mail message at a time.

5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On October 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM, Gemini846 (58.67) wrote:

It is unfortunate and interesting that we have no real hard data on the potential problems that could be associated with these chemicals. I'll confess it seems logical that repeatedly ingesting small doses of round-up would be bad for you, but by the time we do all this extracting its hard to say that the "High Fructose Corn Syrup" that ends up becomming most of our foods really has any toxic chemicals that are more dangerous than the processed food itself. Furthermore the advances in anti-oxident technology in herbal supliments are growing in favor with these berry extracts being added to every beverage under the sun.

GE beat growers have nothing to fear. After all they can always sell thier beats to ethanol producers who would prefer it be as toxic as possible to "prevent" ingestion.

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#2) On October 29, 2008 at 12:06 PM, russiangambit (29.25) wrote:

This seems like a good place to vent about american food. So, here I go ...

For the last 10+ years living in the US I have no problem keeping my weight in check because I can't stand american food. Too much sugar, not enough fat, and who knows what else is in that food. And it is not like you have much choice, there are different brands but they all taste the same. Yuck.

Nobody in my family eats cereal, with exception of  plain corn flakes once in a while. Did you see how much sugar is in that thing? Did you see how much sugar there is in yogurt? It needs only half of it. And, please, put back the fat. This food is just unnatural, strained of all fat and then has 3 times more sugar to compensate for it. Tastes horrible.

French have the right idea, eat whatever tastes good, just not a lot of it. And move, for God's sake.

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#3) On October 29, 2008 at 12:13 PM, russiangambit (29.25) wrote:

Ah, by the by, on the subject of this post. I don't think there is anything we can do to prevent agriculture from being completely industrialized like this. The world needs a lot of food. Actually, it needs more every day since we are not about to control the population growth. 

The only thing we can do is let the market work and buy organic when we can.

Honestly, somebody living on $1 a day doesn't care where sugar came from as long as it is cheap enough to buy.

 

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#4) On October 29, 2008 at 2:00 PM, Predaking (29.88) wrote:

Humans have been genetically modifying food for thousands of years through trait selection and agribacterium naturally modifies genes between plants, so I'm okay eating GM food. I think we need to be aware of all the chemicals/pesticides we ingest and be wary of long-term effects. There's a reason that DDT was banned, despite being one of the best pesticides ever.

And Americans definitely consume too much sugar - we need to be weened off of it!! Like any other addiction, it's difficult to quite cold turkey.

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#5) On October 29, 2008 at 6:38 PM, lquadland10 (< 20) wrote:

All very good points now what happens when we eat the animanals that ingested the ( crops and their byproducts ). Have they even started doing testing on that?  Predaking genetically modifying food for thousands of years through trait selection and agribacterium naturally modifies genes   Very true but Monsanto actually take out the genetic material and put's in new genetic material which is totally different. This has only been done for the past 20 years.Do we even know what kind of genetic material?

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