While listening to the dynamic duo Canadian sisters, Tegan and Sara You Tube playlist, a beautiful ad came on between songs. Of course I wanted to know more about this company, Unilever. So, my Google research began and I found some interesting info.
First, the company itself has dual ownerships based in London & The Netherlands. Unilever has been sold off and on. It appears that the Funds that own Unilever owns other major companies as well. Unilever is a major parent company for many corporations and owns many brands . One brand they own is Ben and Jerry’s ice cream (one of my favorites). So, I Googled Ben & Jerry’s parent company Unilever. I found an article about Unilever spending over $400,000 against GMO labeling. So, it was very interesting to find this video about Ben & Jerry’s support for GMO labeling and being 80% free of GMOs at the time of the video. How confusing it is to see this? I mean, if Unilever is against GMO labeling, why would they allow Ben & Jerry’s to not only lobby for GMO labeling but make non-GMO products?
So why care about GMOs?
GMOs are genetically modified organisms. In the Agricultural industry, the power to increase production of produce and livestock has been the center of many corporations for years. Let’s face it, people have to eat to survive: right? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) our US farmers produce about $143 billions of crops and about $10 million in livestock. Yet, many countries all over the world are putting billions of dollars to feeding the hungry because crops have been damage due to famine, war, etc… However, it is amazing to see how much food is wasted daily on an individual, local, national and even global basis.
According to those who support GMOs were going to be beneficial in improving the lives of countries with such concerns. Yet, who really benefit from this development. Perhaps, the CEO, the stockholders, the scientists, the investors, the lawmakers who support such companies like Unilever or Monsanto, who claim to do what they do to improve agriculture. Although, I wonder if these people actually eat their products that they are placing on the shelf in the markets for us, the consumers to purchase.
Perhaps I am just really naive on the whole matter.I guess it is obvious on how I feel about this matter. In the past, I was concern about using the hybrid producing techniques in plants and animals because of cases of the sterilization or instability of the species/seeds afterwards. However, they were not being genetically modified between unrelated organisms for specific characteristics. Yet, this new innovation is really questionable on its true benefits for us. First, if we are what we eat, what affects will GMOs really have on our bodies over a period of time? Also, if there was nothing to high, why are these companies fighting so hard to prevent the labeling of GMO products? This man-made ecosystem may have been conceived with the idea to help us end world hunger or produce some means of food source. However, history shows that we never know where to draw the line and cause more damage than good.
Below are some links I found during my researching of this subject. Personally, I am adjusting my lifestyle to a more organic food change. As I get more educated on the matter, I hope to share more information in future posts. Please feel free to share your opinion on the subject.
National Framers Market Directory
10 Product Labels That Don’t Mean Organic
Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful(Released April 2000) by Deborah B. Whitman