The Food Babe is, as per usual, attempting to strong arm a company through misinformation and fear mongering. This time she’s decided to target Lean Cuisine. Her problem is the GMOs in the Lean Cuisine meals.
That’s why when I saw the recent commercial for the new Lean Cuisine meals called “honestly good” with the words “100% all natural” slapped on the package, I had to investigate. These meals promise all whole foods with whole grains, but when you look at the ingredient list, they have ingredients from the top 4 genetically engineered crops (corn, canola, soy and sugar beets). How can they call this product natural? Are they truly sourcing natural ingredients that aren’t developed in a laboratory? Well, I wanted to find out, so I called the headquarters.
Let’s look at that statement on it’s face, before we dig into this further. Her worries are that GMOs are in the food. First, let’s take a shot at that little cliche. GMO is a process, not an ingredient. It’s a base technological process of selecting for specific traits, usually focused on aiding the farmer in growing the plant, done at the seed level. These seeds are then bred and produced by local seed breeders prior to distribution to the farmers. The farmers then grown the plants from the seeds, producing food. That food is then either sent to marker, or sent to food manufacturing companies to process or create their products with.
Contributor: Robert Sacerich
Robert is a Bioethics and Ethical Philosophy student at Cleveland State University, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes. He writes about science, technology, politics, human rights, feminism, religion, and any other topic that catches his eye.
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