There is a petition circulating around the Internet that is trying to persuade three of the biggest infant formula brands in the United States – Nestle (Gerber Good, Start), Mead Johnson Nutrition (Enfamil) and Abbott Laboratories (Similac) – to stop using genetically modified (GM) ingredients in the preparation of their baby products. Every one of these powdered formulas is packed with soy and corn byproducts, together with loads of sugar, which only confirms the fact that they are using genetically modified products and are harming the children in the U.S. and all over the world.
For example the Natural News warned everyone about these dangerous food products for infants several years ago, mostly focusing on Similac’s “Go & Grow” formula. The product, which is marketed for babies aged from 9 to 24 months, claims that it contains “balanced nutrition for older babies.” But as we stated above, the product is nearly half made of corn syrup solids (sugar), and the other half or so of soybean oil, soy protein isolate, more sugar in the form of lactose and safflower oil.
Even though it is an unhealthy product in general, based on these ingredients, Similac Go & Grow is like an utter freak show of GM additives, which are especially dangerous for the development of children. GMOs are linked to gut damage, hormone disruption and other problems that, again, especially in children, can lead to chronic health problems for their whole life.
But Similac is not the only one – practically every major brand of commercial infant formula is made mostly of sugar components, soy, corn, and each of which is more or less GM, because of the fact that upwards of 90 percent of sugar beet crops, corn, and soy planted in the U.S. are GMOs.
Pediatrician Michelle Perro stated: “I insist upon an organic commercial formula, for the infant that is unable to nurse”, warning against commercial, GMO – packed infant formulas.
“Because of the toxic effects of herbicides, mostly glyphosate (due to its prolific usage) as well as other genetically engineered foods and organophosphates in non – organic commercial formulas, these must not be presented as an option for infant feeding. There is no amount of acceptable herbicide or GMO that should be in the diets of our children and infants, in order to ensure their health. ”
Major infant formula brands spent millions defeating GMO labeling
They are not just poisoning our children, Abbott, Mead Johnson and Nestle, but they want to keep it a secret. Each of these companies spent a lot of money in the fight against California’s GMO labeling initiative, Proposition 37, which should have required warnings about GMO content contained in the infant formulas.
For example Abbott reportedly spent $334,500 in support of the “No on 37” campaign, while Mead Johnson, which holds a much smaller share of the market, spent $80,000. Nestle, the leader in the commercial infant formula, spent about $1,461,600 to stop Californians from knowing what kind of food they are consuming. All together, these three companies made about $135 billion in sales only in 2012.
The President of Green America, Aliza Gravitz, said: “I think that it is pretty frustrating that parents in the United States cannot be sure about the food they consume, like the citizens in more than 60 other countries including Saudi Arabia, China and Mexico, when it comes to GM ingredients. All parents have a right to feed their children with healthy food options.”
That is why Green America started this petition on these Big Three infant formula manufacturers to stop using GMOs, which has been tested many times, and had never proven safe for human consumption. It is only logical to stop feeding our children with untested genetic materials that could lead to permanent health damage, because the long – term effects of GMOs in humans has never been studied, and babies’ bodies are already less secured and less strong to fight with the processing toxins.