Baby and Children Foods; What Not to Serve Your Kids

Baby and Children Foods; What Not to Serve Your Kids

The following information has been received from GMOFREEUSA.ORG. Both articles have been highly researched and are credible!
I believe that they are both very important for Parents to be aware of for each concerns the developmental health of your babies and children! Think of it this way do you want your children to grow up on foods filled with Pesticides and excess Human Growth Hormones; or do You want them to grow up on clean and healthy food?

Why We are Boycotting Nestlé’s Gerber:
We began our boycott of The Gerber Company, an American icon since 1928, in May 2013. Gerber claims that they were “committed to healthy babies from the beginning.” They state: “At Gerber, we work hard to become a parent’s trusted partner in fostering healthy growth and development and helping establish healthy eating habits from Birth+ to Toddler 2+.” Yet Gerber sources Roundup laced GMO corn and soy in many of their baby foods and formulas. That’s not a trusted partner!
In the United States, all of the mainstream baby formulas that are not organic are made with GMOs. Families that are unable to afford organic baby formula have no choice but to feed their babies GMOs. Forcing toxic Roundup laced GMOs on infants is unacceptable.
Infants are growing rapidly and in order to sustain that growth, they eat more food per pound of body weight than the average adult. As a result, pound for pound, they have substantially heavier exposures than adults to any toxins that are present in food. Babies are undergoing rapid growth and development and their delicate developmental processes are easily disrupted by toxins. “At this point, we simply do not have the scientific evidence to know whether the difference in pesticide levels will impact a person’s health over a lifetime, though we do know that children – especially young children whose brains are developing – are uniquely vulnerable to chemical exposures,” said Joel Forman, MD, FAAP, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health.
In 2013, Nestlé International, parent company of Nestlé USA and Gerber, announced that they would stop sourcing genetically engineered ingredients for the baby food products they manufacture and sell in South Africa. Nestlé does not use GMOs in Europe or other countries that require the labeling of GMOs. Meanwhile, Gerber baby foods sold in the USA/North America still contain genetically engineered ingredients such as Roundup Ready GMO corn & soy.
GMOs are being increasingly linked to health problems. GMO Bt corn is an EPA registered pesticide. If found on the shelf at Home Depot, the corn would be required to bear a label with the EPA Pesticide Registration Number. Every cell of the corn manufactures Bt toxins which kill insects when they bite into it. Bt toxins have been found to cause cell membrane death in human beings (1) as well as other alarming health effects (2). GMO soy has been linked to infertility. GMOs are sprayed with the herbicide Roundup, which is systemically absorbed and has been found to be genotoxic, neurotoxic, carcinogenic and an endocrine disruptor (3) (4). Roundup has also been linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (5). American babies & babies worldwide deserve the same safe, GMO free foods that Nestlé sells in other countries.
Gerber’s competitor, Beech-Nut, has been listening to the call for Non-GMO baby foods. In July, 2014, Beech-Nut announced that all of its products were Non-GMO and ALL were enrolled in the Non-GMO Project for verification. Sadly, Beechnut does not make baby formula. Gerber needs to follow the leader and do the right thing. For these reasons, we will continue the boycott until Gerber removes GMOs and enrolls all their products in the Non-GMO Project for verification.
Part of GMO Free USA’s mission is to foster consumer rejection of GMOs until they are proven safe. Because it is difficult to rally the nation to boycott ALL GMO foods, we’ve chosen to use strategically targeted boycotts to change our broken food system. As it has happened in other countries, when one Big Food company is forced to remove GMOs, their competitors are at a disadvantage and soon follow.
Kellogg’s was chosen as our first boycott for many reasons:
As an American icon since 1906, Kellogg’s must step up and be a leader among Big Food companies.
Kellogg’s heavily markets to children and presents the company with a wholesome family image. According to the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, marketing of cereals to children has increased significantly over the years. RCFPO’s first study found that the least healthy breakfast cereals are those most frequently and aggressively marketed directly to children as young as age two. Kellogg’s is one of two companies that led in child-targeted marketing, in spite of their participation in the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), the food industry’s self-regulatory program. While all people – children, teens, and adults – should be concerned with their health, children are most vulnerable because their bodies are still developing. Increasing evidence suggests that long term consumption of GMOs is harmful and that the escalated use of toxic synthetic pesticides in GMO agriculture is compounding the problem. These pesticides end up in Kellogg’s products.
The Kellogg Company states, “At Kellogg we believe that when you start with a great breakfast, great things can happen. That’s why we make foods that you and your family know, trust and enjoy.” After repeated attempts to get them to be transparent and cooperative on the issue of GMOs, we only got the cold shoulder. Meanwhile, Kellogg’s actively fights against transparency and has contributed nearly $2 million to propaganda campaigns to defeat citizens’ ballot initiatives to label GMOs in California, Washington, Oregon and Colorado. Their participation in Washington state was particularly appalling, having channeled money through a money laundering scheme concocted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) which was determined to be illegal by Washington’s Attorney General.
Kellogg’s was also chosen because they sell the same products abroad, in countries that require the labeling of genetically engineered foods, but without using genetically engineered ingredients. Americans deserve the same Non-GMO products.
In the United States, where there is no legal requirement to label genetically engineered foods and no definition of an allowable tolerance level of contamination, independent verification is of the utmost importance. For this reason, we demand that Kellogg’s not only remove GMOs but they must also obtain independent verification. We will not back down and we will not lift the boycott until Kellogg’s enrolls each and every product they make into the Non-GMO Project for verification. The Non-GMO Project uses the same contamination tolerance level of less than .9% (nine tenths of one percent) followed by the European Union.
To further clarify why independent verification is critical, the GMA, of which Kellogg’s is a member, is lobbying for federally mandated voluntary labeling. One of the many problems with the proposed standard is that it would allow for GMOs, which are processed to the point where the DNA may no longer be analyzable, to be labeled Non-GMO. This would allow oils which are produced from GMO crops such as canola and cotton, as well as refined sugar, processed starches, etc. to be labeled Non-GMO. While there may be no analyzable DNA, the fact remains that these ingredients are derived from crops which are herbicide tolerant and in many cases, pesticide producing. The increasing levels of chemicals associated with the failing GMO agricultural model will still be present in the final product. We believe that it is not only misleading and incorrect to label a food Non-GMO when it is made from a genetically engineered crop, but it is unethical.

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