GMOs in organic baby food? Apparently.
“The DHA and ARA produced by DSM Nutritional Products, and used in many organic infant formulas and baby cereals, is made using what the organic law describes as excluded methods,” a draft email to a couple of baby food companies and DSM Nutritional Products notes.
“Specifically, DHA and ARA are microencapsulated and produced using mutagenesis.”
Whether you have a baby or not, if you’re not into this, you can send the full email via the Organic Consumers Association (OCA).
However, OCA notes that there are a few other companies that need to be contacted — that can be done via the contact forms on their sites. The companies are:
It’s a shame that we have to fight with our food regulatory agencies and mainstream food companies to not be used as GMO guinea pigs, but that such action is needed with these 6 organic foods companies shows how deep the proliferation of GMOs is now.
Keep up the work to keep potentially unsafe GMOs out of our babies’ food by taking the actions above. If you want more info on microencapsulation and mutagenesis before clicking on, here’s more from OCA:
Microencapsulation manipulates the DHA and ARA to transform it from an oil to a powder. This method is specifically listed as an excluded method in the organic regulations, one of a variety of methods used to genetically modify organisms or influence their growth and development by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes and are not considered compatible with organic production.
Mutagenesis involves exposing cells to radiation or mutagenic chemicals to create a variety of mutant cells from which desired characteristics can be selected. DHA and ARA are produced from mutant strains of algae and fungi with unnaturally high DHA and ARA levels. Mutagenesis is not specifically mentioned in the definition of excluded methods, but it certainly fits.
Baby photo via dulcelife