I contacted the company asking if Green Giant company used genetically modified or genetically altered foods. I found their response hilarious and wanted to share it with the world.
Dear Mrs. Quebedeaux:
Thank you for recent inquiry regarding General Mills′ position on the use of ingredients that have been modified through biotechnology.
First and foremost, all food must be safe. It is not only the law, but also an issue of ultimate importance to all food manufacturers. Second, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency have all concluded that food using ingredients from biotechnologically-improved crops is completely safe and no different in any meaningful way from other food. For that reason, the FDA does not require special labeling for it. However, if food has been significantly altered in composition or nutrient content, or if biotechnology introduces allergens into food, special labeling is required. None of our products requires special labeling. Accordingly, we do not test them for the presence of this material.
Because of the growing use of biotechnology by farmers and the way that grain gets commingled in storage and shipment, it′s certainly possible that some of our products may contain ingredients that have been improved through biotechnology. We can assure you, though, that every major regulatory agency, as well as independent scientific groups like the American Medical Association, has concluded that these ingredients are safe. For more information, you may wish to visit The Alliance for Better Foods website at www.betterfoods.org.
General Mills also believes in providing consumers with a variety of food options. Toward that end, we do offer organic products that, by definition, do not use ingredients that have been improved through biotechnology. Please look for organic Gold Medal flour and a wide range of products from our Cascadian Farm and Muir Glen brands. To get more information about our organic products, please visit us at www.smallplanetfoods.com.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.
Well, my opinion on the matter is that there is a huge conflict of interest when the head of the FDA (the same people that claim that it is safe) also is empoyed by the company that supplied the seeds for the crops…Monsanto. Also, if the crops were “exactly” the same, it wouldn’t be called “genetically modified.” I will also add that the FDA does not conduct studies on the safety, the company that manufactures the seeds conducts the studies.
One of the latest studies published by Monsanto: “In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto’s GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.”
In my opinion, Green Giant’s response is laughable at best.