Another Food Coop post just came in response to the first one sent on
this theme, said to be copied from:
"Frito-Lay will not use genetically altered corn even though the
company considers it safe. The American Farm Bureau Federation accused
Frito-Lay of caving in to anti-biotech activists, but Greenpeace and
the Union of Concerned Scientists applauded the company's decision.
Frito-Lay said it acting in response to consumers' concerns."
This was added by Doug Walter, Membership Director of the Davis Food
Co-op who sent the above:
DW> Let me add that (1) OCA/Pure Foods is one of my persistent sources
DW> for information, (2) yes, you should be able to find additional
DW> references to what Frito-Lay did or didn't announce (although I
DW> think the Wash. Post is a good source for business news) and (3)
DW> the initial take from OCA and other activists was that Frito-Lay
DW> was really going far enough in the steps they were going to take
DW> to avoid GMOs. From the 2/8 "Biodemocracy News":
DW> Corporate Target of the Month:
DW> Frito-Lay (corn chips). In the US call their toll free line
DW> 1-800-352-4477. Tell them you'll boycott their products unless
DW> they can guarantee you in writing that their corn chips do not
DW> contain genetically engineered ingredients.
This would seem to indicate that these companies do respond to
consumer / activist concerns, if they're let know.
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Hi Greg & Lei,
Thursday, March 02, 2000, 1:18:33 PM, you wrote:
GLG> ...I received this reply today. Does anyone
GLG> else see this as lacking in commitment, or am I viewing this too
GLG> harshly? Judging by this reply, I wouldn't be surprised if
GLG> Frito-Lay caves in to the pro-GMO effort.
This just came on on the Food Co-op list:
Coop> I am wondering if this information is bogus. I wrote to Frito
Coop> Lay and received the following response -
(Same as the one you received).
He goes on:
Coop> I have attempted to track down the source of these news reports
Coop> that Frito-Lay issued a non-GMO stance and have been
Coop> unsuccessful. Each place I find a reference it credits the
Coop> source as another news service. When I do searches at those news
Coop> services I can find no record of such a report. Organic
Coop> Consumers Association/Pure Foods seems to be the primary source
Coop> of the press releases. Does anyone have better information than
Coop> I seem to find?
Here's the response Frito-Lay sent me today:
FL> We received your email. We will follow up with you within a few
FL> business days.
FL> Thank you,
FL> Frito-Lay Consumer Affairs
Maybe they are taking a look at this right now. (It looks that way).
A greater number of congratulatory, approving emails in relation to
the reported anti GMO stance may make a difference.
(Greg, your letter to them was good).
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