A couple of weeks ago I e-mailed Frito-Lay regarding their "stand" against
GMO's. I received this reply today. Does anyone else see this as lacking
in commitment, or am I viewing this too harshly? Judging by this reply, I
wouldn't be surprised if Frito-Lay caves in to the pro-GMO effort. (My
original e-mail follows the reply. I also e-mailed Bob Stallman of the AFBF
that day, but I haven't heard back from him yet.)
From: Affairs, Consumer <Consumer.Affairs@fritolay.com>
To: Greg & Lei Gunthorp <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, March 02, 2000 12:37 PM
Subject: Re: Thank You!
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
regulatory agencies charged with safeguarding our food supply when
sourcing ingredients for our products. These agencies continue to report
that genetically modified 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
information is helpful.
Frito-Lay Consumer Affairs
Reference #: AAAA-4GKTRR
To: Consumer Affairs/Frito-Lay/US@Frito-Lay
From: Greg & Lei Gunthorp <email@example.com>@SMTP@Exchange
Date: 02/16/2000 03:33:25 PM
Subject: Thank You!
I am writing to tell you that I support your concerns with purchasing
genetically modified corn. At this time, I don't feel that there is
substantial research to document the safety of genetically modified foods.
I wish that more companies would take a stand as Frito-Lay has done!
I have heard that you have received some negative feed-back from the
American Farm Bureau Federation. I am a very active member of our state Farm
and I don't believe that the AFBF always speaks with the voice of it's
as it often claims. After attending the AFBF annual convention in Houston,
this past January, I realized that more and more true farmers are becoming
concerned with genetically modified organisms for reasons other than food
safety. Control of genetics is just one more step to corporate domination
of the US food supply.
Again, I applaud your stand against genetically modified crops!
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