GM foods not served in Monsanto cafeteria

Aug 24, 2011 by

Monsanto SignThe fight to ban genetically modified foods has won more converts — some employees of Monsanto the company that is doing the most to promote GM products.

The Independent newspaper reports that there is a notice in the cafeteria of the Monsanto pharmaceutical factory is High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, advising customers “as far as practicable, GM soya and maize (has been removed) from all food products served in our restaurant. We have taken the steps to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve.”

The notice was posted by the Sutcliffe Catering Group.

Monsanto confirms the authenticity of the notice, but company spokesman Tony Coombes says the only reason for the GM-free foods is because the company “believes in choice.” Coombes says in other Monsanto locations employees are happy to eat GM foods because they are “sprayed with fewer chemicals.”

Adrian Bebb with Friends of the Earth says the notice in the Buckinghamshire plant is hard to misinterpret. “The public has made its concerns about GM ingredients very clear – now it appears that even Monsanto’s own catering firm has no confidence in this new technology.”


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  • Glynn Young

    If you read the source document linked above, you will see this story was published in 2000, and related to one caterer at a Monsanto office in the U.K. in 2000. That caterer’s policy did not apply or affect any other Monsanto cafeteria worldwide, and that is still true today, Our cafeterias serve all kinds of food — traditional and conventional, GM and organic, and we don’t differentiate. In U.S. facilities, the menus do show calories, fats, saturated fats, sodium, etc.

    • MonsantoBoycott

      The fact remains that some Monsanto employees understand the benefits of GM-free food, while employees at other facilities chose to eat genetically modified food because fewer pesticides may have been used. They are essentially choosing between two evils… Pointing out the date is simply a red herring.

      You state that your “cafeterias serve all kinds of food — traditional and conventional, GM and organic…” What percentage of the food provided is organic, and what percentage of that is 100% organic?

      * Note Glynn Young’s Twitter profile reads, “Monsanto Corporate Affairs; team lead for online strategy; blogger”

      • Vivien Cruickshank

        It’s either organic or it isn’t.

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