Is Your Baby Part Of A Risky Science Experiment? National Coalition Calls On
Big 3 Infant Formula Brands To Remove GMO ingredients And Protect American
Mounting Concerns About The Health Effects of Genetically Modified Ingredients
And The Herbicides Used In Production Incite Consumer Action On Top-Selling
Formula Companies to Remove GMOs
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Similac, Enfamil, and
Gerber Good Start – who combined account for more than 90% of all infant
formula sales in the U.S. – are exposing American and Canadian babies to
potentially grave health risks by using genetically modified ingredients,
commonly referred to as GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Ingredients
these companies are required to label or remove in other countries including
China, Mexico, Russia, and the entire European Union.
GMO Inside, a national, non-GMO coalition led by Green America, is calling on
these brands' parent companies (Abbott Laboratories, Mead Johnson Nutrition,
and Nestle), via an online petition, to remove GMO ingredients immediately as
infants face particular health risks when it comes to consuming GMOs.
GMOs have never been proven safe for human consumption and a growing number of
peer-reviewed studies show the negative health impacts of consuming GMOs on
laboratory animals over their life span. Inadequate research has been
conducted on the health impacts of GMOs on humans and infants; however, an
increasing number of concerned parents and pediatricians have voiced that
using GMOs in infant formula is far too large of a risk to take. Babies are
particularly vulnerable when it comes to consuming GMOs as their digestive and
immune systems are not fully developed and GMO crops have very high exposure
to dangerous pesticides and herbicides such as Roundup. Infant livers do not
reach maturity for about two years and therefore are less equipped to process
toxins in the body, such as the high levels of chemicals used on genetically
"For the infant that is unable to nurse I insist upon an organic commercial
formula," says pediatrician Michelle Perro. "Because of the toxic effects of
herbicides, particularly glyphosate (due to its prolific usage) as well as
other organophosphates and genetically engineered foods in
non-organiccommercialformulas, these are not an option for infant feeding.
In order to ensure the health of our infants and children, there is no amount
of acceptable herbicide or GMO that should be in their diets."
Adding insult to injury, these companies all spent money to oppose GMO
labeling in California last year, thus obstructing a parent's right to know
whether or not the first food they are feeding their newborns contains GMOs.
Unlike more than 60 countries around the world, the United States and Canada
do not require companies to label and reveal their GMO ingredients to
consumers. This means that American and Canadian babies are exposed to
ingredients that parents in Europe, China, and elsewhere would never feed
their children. In fact, due to these labeling requirements, all three
companies offer non-GMO formula options to their consumers in Europe.
"It's infuriating that parents in the United States are not given the same
assurances as citizens in more than 60 other countries including China,
Mexico, and Saudi Arabia, when it comes to GM ingredients," says Green America
President Alisa Gravitz, "All parents have a right to healthy food options for
So who are these companies peddling these unhealthy infant formulas?
Formula Likely GMO US 2012 Amount spent to oppose
Company Name Brand Ingredients Market Company labeling in CA (support for
Share Sales "No on Prop 37")
Abbott Similac Corn, Soy, 43% $39 $334,500
Laboratories Sugar Billion
Mead Johnson Enfamil Corn, Soy 40% $3.9 $80,000
Nestle Gerber Corn, Soy 15% $92 $1,461,600
Good Start Billion
Throughout May, GMO Inside will call on Abbott Laboratories, Mead Johnson
Nutrition, and Nestle to remove their GMO ingredients, while also offering
consumers suggestions for non-GMO choices.
Consumers can sign our petition to the companies here or take action with us
on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GmoInside
ABOUT GMO INSIDE
GMO Insideis a coalition of businesses, organizations, and individuals that
support a healthy, GMO-free food system. The GMO Inside steering committee is
made up of the following organizations and individuals and convened by Green
Food Democracy Now!is a grassroots community dedicated to building a
sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains
farmers and nourishes families. Food Democracy Now! members know we can build
a food system that gives our communities equal access to healthy food, and
respects the dignity of the farmers who produce it. We believe in recreating
regional food systems, supporting the growth of humane, natural and organic
farms, and protecting the environment.
GMO Free USAworks to harness education, advocacy, and bold action to foster
consumer rejectionof genetically modified organisms, until they are proven
safe. They support the labeling of GMOfoods with the ultimate goal of getting
GMOs out of the food supply and environment. Their current campaign focuses on
engaging Kellogg's to get GMOs out of their entire product line.
Green Americais the nation's leading green economy organization. Founded in
1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies,
organizing power and practical tools for businesses, investors, and
individuals to solve today's social and environmental
Institute for Responsible Technology(IRT) is a world leader in educating
policy makers and the public about the documented risks of GM foods and crops,
as well as the problems associated with current research, regulation,
corporate practices, and reporting. IRT's founder, Jeffrey M. Smith, is an
international bestselling author, filmmaker, and the leading spokesperson on
the health dangers of GMOs. He documents how the world's most powerful Ag
biotech companies bluff and mislead critics, and put the health of society at
Label GMOsadvocates for transparency in the food supply and for clear and
concise labeling of genetically modified organisms. They are the California
grassroots network that helped to lay the groundwork for Proposition 37.
Label GMOs continues to educate in California and provide support for other
on the ground grassroots GMO labeling efforts throughout the U.S.
Nutiva®is dedicated to a healthy and sustainable world, demonstrating its
mission to nourish people and planet by using delicious organic ingredients,
enriching the soil, and donating 1 percent of sales to sustainable-agriculture
groups. Founded in 1999, Nutiva is the world's best-selling brand of
nutritious organic hemp foods, extra-virgin coconut oil, and chia seeds.
Fifteen thousand retailers in the United States, Canada, and the European
Union offer Nutiva products, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Vitamin Shoppe,
GNC, Publix, Safeway, Loblaws, and Amazon.com. Nutiva is located in Richmond,
California. For more information, visitwww.nutiva.com.
Vani Hariis a management consultant, food activist writer and a two time
elected North Carolina delegate, endorsed by President Obama. Vani
startedfoodbabe.comin April 2011 to spread information about what is really
in the American food supply. She teaches people how to make the right
purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle,
and how to travel healthfully around the world. The success in her writing and
investigative work can be seen in the way food companies react to her uncanny
ability to find and expose the truth. She been featured in the Washington
Times, NY Times, Lawyers Weekly, Prevention.com, NBC –WCNC, ABC – WLOS, and
profiled in Charlotte Observer.
SOURCE Green America, Washington, DC
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