Monday, June 27, 2011

Boycotting PepsiCo, Kraft, and Nestle: Why and How

Mark Shea gives an excellent rundown of the situation. I've only read the spoiler for Soylent Green and it makes me ill how close this comes.

These companies use fetal cells from abortions to develop the flavors for their food products. A story from March reports that they contract with a company called Senomyx, which uses fetal kidney tissue from an elective abortion. According to Senomyx, from these "isolated human taste receptors, we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor."

PepsiCo seems to think that because they don't actually grind up the fetal tissue and put it into their soda, there's no big deal. This is what they had to say, according to the Lifenews article on the flavor program:
PepsiCo wrote: “We hope you are reassured to learn that our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers. This will help us achieve our commitment to reduce added sugar per serving by 25% in key brands in key markets over the next decade and ultimately help people live healthier lives.”
Let me spell it out for you, PepsiCo (and Kraft and Nestlé. And Senomyx.) You think testing shampoo and makeup on animals is bad? The evil (and ick factor) is more than cubed by taking the body parts of a murdered unborn child and hooking them up to a chemistry experiment to help you figure out what to use in the foods you want us to buy and eat. There is such a thing as a tesseract, pet, and this one part and parcel with the big, ugly Black Thing.

So here's my point. For those interested in boycotting these companies, Julie Davis of Happy Catholic has made available her cheat sheet for the brands that these companies produce. I am so grateful she did the work to pull this together, and that she's sharing it with us.

Don't forget to give Campbell and Solae some appreciation for pulling out of this awful program. Contact info at the other links; I'm lifting it from Julie's latest:

Contact the companies at:

Kent Snyder, CEO
4767 Nexus Centre Drive
San Diego, California 92121

Paul Bulcke, CEO
Nestlé USA
800 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203

Jamie Caulfield, Sr.VP
PepsiCo, Inc.
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Irene Rosenfeld, CEO
Kraft Foods/Cadbury Chocolate
Three Lakes Drive
Northfield, IL 60093

Contact Campbell and Solae with appreciation at:

Edmund M. Carpenter, CEO
Campbell Soup
1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ 08103-1701

Mr. Torkel Rhenman Chief Executive Officer
4300 Duncan Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63110

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