Target: Christopher J. Puma, President and COO of Birds Eye Foods, Inc.
Goal: Convince Birds Eye Foods, Inc. to sell only non-genetically modified corn.
Birds Eye Foods, Inc. earns close to $1 billion each year selling frozen vegetables. One of its main sellers is its genetically modified frozen corn. Though genetically modified vegetables haven’t been around long enough for us to know the long term effects of growing and consuming them, the short term effects are sobering enough. Genetically modified corn causes a myriad of health complications in the animals that are cruelly tested on for product safety. It also causes severe environmental damage. Demand Birds Eye Foods, Inc. sell only non-GMO corn.
A study published by the International Journal of Biological Sciences found that genetically modified corn caused significant amounts of organ toxicity in rats. Mice that were fed GMO corn experienced an increase in body weight and an even larger increase in liver weight. As if that’s not enough, genetically modified corn is also leading to the creation of pesticide-resistant rootworms, forcing farmers to use even more toxic pesticides than what they currently use. If these are the short-term effects of genetically modified food, the long term ones must be absolutely terrifying.
Independent studies have linked GMOs to rises in allergies and even cancer. More than 80% of all the GMOs in the world are engineered to be tolerant to herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup. Since GMOs were introduced, toxic herbicide use has increased fifteen times. GMO crops have also resulted in the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs,” which require the use of even more toxic poisons to kill them. One chemical used to eradicate these strange pests is 2,4-D, a major ingredient in Agent Orange.
Studies thus far have been short-term and primarily performed on mice and rats. For a more comprehensive study, other mammals will need to be tested. Whether or not genetically modified corn really causes organ failure, cancer or obesity, one thing is certain—organic foods don’t need to be tested on animals. So not only are genetically modified foods potentially destructive to human health and the environment, they also create abusive and tortuous situations for animals who need to be tested on in order to determine product safety.
It’s ludicrous that so many negative effects of GMOs have already been found, and yet they continue to be sold by companies like Birds Eye. As one of the leaders in frozen vegetables, Birds Eye Foods, Inc. needs to take a stand and lead the way for other vegetable brands. Demand Christopher Puma require all Birds Eye corn products be non-genetically modified.
Dear Christopher J. Puma,
Despite findings that genetically modified corn causes organ failure, obesity and cancer, you still continue to use it in your frozen corn products. Foods should not be tested on people and animals; they should be eaten by them for nourishment and energy. People and animals should be free to eat food without having to worry about it being toxic.
With so many negative health and environmental impacts already showing up in short term studies of genetically modified corn, one can only imagine what the long term effects will be. We urge you not to wait until it’s too late to find out. Stop being short-sighted and profit hungry and remember what you exist for — to feed people, not poison them. We demand that all Birds Eye corn products be non-genetically modified.
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