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Health Foods Manufacturer Announces Pro-GM Foods Position

2/23/2000 

Health foods manufacturer, Lumen Foods, announced today that it has broken ranks with Greenpeace and other environmental groups over the issue of genetically modified foods.

Not only is the company resisting pressure to take a "non-GM" stance, but it's actually promising to use genetically modified ingredients in its in-house brands. Lumen Foods is, to date, the only U.S. food processing company to take this position.

The decision comes on the heels of announcements by Frito-Lay, Heinz, and Gerber to either ban GM ingredients from their products or, in the case of Frito-Lay, request that their growers avoid GM seed.

"They have it all wrong," said Lumen Foods' president, Greg Caton, "There is no credible scientist in the world today who can show that so-called genetically modified foods are any less healthful than those made from traditional hybrid seed. In fact, the reverse is true. The FDA, USDA, and EPA have all done exhaustive research into their safety and have found nothing that remotely suggests that either the consumer or the environment are at risk from GM seed."

"We understand that Greenpeace and other eco-groups have to have fund-raising issues," Caton notes. "But their current campaign amounts to a declaration of war on agricultural biotech science, and it's going to be their Waterloo. What they are doing makes as much sense as calling for a ban on all computers because their monitors emit low-grade electromagnetic radiation. It's absurd. Once the public has figured out what they have done, the greatest danger is that in the future, when really important environmental matters are at stake, few people will listen to them, and their more intelligent arguments will be relegated to the left-wing fringe. This has to be stopped."

Lumen Foods is a whole foods manufacturing company, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It sells over 300 manufactured and packaged health food products, ranging from vegetarian jerkies to dried fruits and vegetables to complete meal entrees to long-term storage food items.

Edited by Pam Ahlberg

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