After yet another trip to the grocery store where I racked my brain to remember just who is owned by Nestle, Kraft, or PepsiCo, I finally got around to making myself a cheat sheet ... a three-page, three-column cheat sheet.
Dang these companies own a lot of other companies!
Why do I care? Those companies participate in a flavor program that uses HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce taste receptors. Euwww. Not to mention the fact that I completely object to abortion, how about the horror of using people as part of a flavor program?
(UPDATE: As anyone who would take the trouble to click through on the link above would see, the HEK293 cells are not in the food nor are they on the FDA approved food additive list. The cells are only used for testing. I am NOT saying that the HEK293 are a food additive which would make them cannibals. I am saying that to use anything, even in testing, made from humans like this is wrong. Since there are many who never bother to click through and draw their own wrong conclusions, I am taking the time to spell this out. END UPDATE)
So we're boycotting.
And it ain't easy. For example, I now see I'm going to have to change over the dog food and treats. On the other hand, eating Cheez Its never felt so virtuous!
It also makes me reflect once again on the fact that I use much less processed food than a lot of people I know. Is it wise to have a few giant companies controlling what we eat?
This isn't a new question.
But it is one, combined with this issue, it is good for me to think about every so often. It renews my commitment to the CSA (our shares in a farm where we get weekly deliveries) and to using as few processed foods as possible.