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Monsanto Genes Found in Organic Food

September 28, 2011, 2:09 pm

According to the Cornucopia Institute, a number of major agribusinesses and pharmaceutical companies are adding omega-3/omega-6 oils, marketed by Martek Biosciences Corporation (derived from algae and soil fungus), in certified organic food. The Institute’s research has discovered that some of the synthetic algae-based oils in organic food were originally developed by Monsanto!

Not only are these additives illegal because they are synthetic, and have never been approved by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB,) some of the varieties, such as those in organic infant formula, are extracted with the chemical solvent hexane (explicitly banned in organic production) And now it is known that some contain novel genes as well.

Perhaps most outrageously, they discovered from their document requests with the FDA that there is strong evidence the synthetic oils are causing serious gastrointestinal ailments (sometimes necessitating hospitalization and dangerous invasive procedures) in some vulnerable infants.

The USDA has agreed with Cornucopia and has stated that these are improperly added to organic foods, and they committed to issue a guidance for their removal by the end of 2010. Since then, some companies, including Dean Foods (Horizon), have actually had the audacity to introduce even more products containing these illegal substances and corporate influence has caused the USDA to stall the removal process.

We MUST make our voices heard to combat this egregious assault on organic standards! Please sign a proxy letter that we will send to Cornucopia and they will hand deliver them to the next National Organic Standards board meeting at the end of November. We have letters on a table across from Customer Service. Or you can download one yourself and send it to:

Cornucopia Institute
PO Box 126
Cornucopia, Wisconsin, 54827

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