If you write to FritoLay about their transgenic content, here is the reply
you will probably eventually get. Note the similarity to responses one
gets back from elected officials [i.e. difficult to determine position
from text]. Please consider writing to them on this subject regardless of
the lame reply letters they send, as these people do, I think, respond to
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 13:26:00 -0600
From: "Affairs, Consumer" <Consumer.Affairs@fritolay.com>
To: Eric D Nash <ednS94@hampshire.edu>
Subject: Re: Another Consumer Against Transgenics
Thank you for contacting Frito-Lay. We are always pleased when our
take the time to share their thoughts with us.
Now that there is a renewed interest in biotechnology by regulatory agencies
and some consumer concern exists, we did not feel it appropriate to ask our
growers to include bt crops in what they sell us.
Just like other food companies, Frito-Lay relies on and supports the
agencies charged with safeguarding our food supply when sourcing ingredients
for our products. These agencies continue to report that genetically
ingredients are perfectly safe.
Since we are also a large buyer of agricultural commodities, and more than a
quarter of the North American crop is derived from biotechnology, just like
other food companies, we could have biotechnology ingredients in our
Thank you for taking the time to contact Frito-Lay. We hope this
Frito-Lay Consumer Affairs
Reference #: AAAA-4GFURG
To: Consumer Affairs/Frito-Lay/US@Frito-Lay
From: Eric D Nash <ednS94@hampshire.edu>@SMTP@Exchange
Date: 02/12/2000 03:45:34 PM
Subject: Another Consumer Against Transgenics
Dear Frito-Lay Representative,
Just a note to let you know that I, an avid junk-food eater, oppose the
use of Ag. Biotech in most cases, and am glad to hear you are considering
use of GE free
ingredients in your wonderful products.
Please do make this change. I will be the first to buy my beloved Frito's
in it's new/old transgenic free format. I have been forced [against my
will, mind you] to switch to Bearito's, the only brand of crunchy-corn
snack which is avowedly transgenic free.
If you are interested, I oppose Transgenics for 2 reasons:
1] esthetic/religous/personal: I just plain 'don't like it.'
2] Intellectual: The introduction of these Xeno-Genes into widely
cultivated vatieties will result in 'genetic polution' as the genes travel
to wild and domesticated relatives. This process has allready been
observed in rape seed production. This process is also,
I do not, however, oppose transgenic ag. boitech. in all cases. For
example, the erecently developed "golden rice" which has the potential to
redce blidness in malnourished populations. This is in contrast the
numerous 'roundup-ready' transgenic varieties, which allow INCREASED
levels of herbicide application, and chiefly benifit the large chemical
companies which produce the seed [e.g. moonsanto et al.].
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