Have you heard this ridiculous rumor? Monsanto knows the truth about the dangers of GMO food, so they won’t serve it in their own cafeteria.
Look, if you want the real truth, anti-GMO advocates are going to tell you whatever lie they think is necessary to scare you off from eating GMO foods. Reality doesn’t matter one bit. We see that all the time in food marketing: scare consumers into purchasing your products.
But lies are still lies.
I discovered that Greenpeace is actually the original source of this claim, and obviously uses it to further their own agenda. I’m not sure how blatant lies are ethical, but in the “green” movement I guess anything goes. (Go do a google search on this and you’ll see how many times the lie has been repeated. No wonder people will buy it.)
How about we go right to the source and ask them? I know, asking Monsanto something would make the same sense as, I don’t know, asking a farmer about farming. (By the way, if you don’t think Greenpeace is a biased source, you need to have your head examined.)
Here is what Monsanto has to say about serving GMO foods in their cafeteria:
All foods can be found in Monsanto cafeterias – conventional and organic. None of it is singled out as conventional or organic. It’s just food served in our cafeterias, the same food that everyone else eats.
In fact, the only time any food was removed from Monsanto cafeterias was a few years back, when a produce company announced a voluntary recall of spinach because of possible E. coli contamination. We remember it because spinach leaves suddenly disappeared from our salad bars.
Last year, there was a more limited recall of spinach because of concerns over possible Listeria contamination, but that didn’t affect our cafeterias, or most of them.
And, for the record, the spinach in question in both cases was – organic.
By the way, I love that the company admits it also serve an organic selection (even if it did lead to food borne illnesses) – something I’m sure many people would find unbelievable!
I know, anti-GMO extremists won’t accept this answer because Monsanto said it. Demonizing the company is some sort of obsession that some people have, which I find to be incredibly odd. When all else fails, the answer is just to blame Monsanto. Unfortunately, this particular lie is so prevalent that it keeps popping up and getting repeated.
Time to put this one to bed.