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
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
Edited by Pam Ahlberg