What are Genetically Engineered
Simply put, genetic engineering is the process of taking genes from one strain of
plant, animal or virus and inserting them in another, with the goal of reproducing
characteristics of the original species in the receiving species.
What are the potential risks of GEIs?
Genetically Engineered Foods have many unpredictable health effects, such as food
allergies brought about by the introduction of new genes to any organism or plant.
GEIs may also carry antibiotic resistant genes, which could reduce the effectiveness
of antibiotics when taken with those foods, and also aggravate the already existing
problem of antibiotic resistant organisms.
Strict vegetarian diets may be compromised since unknown animal genes may be
inserted into fruits and vegetables.
Crops may initially require fewer herbicides and pesticides, but insects and weeds
can adapt quickly. Ultimately, stronger, more potent weed control may be necessary
requiring increased chemical applications.
Damage to the environment can result since new genetic information could cross
into other related life forms, causing imbalances in the ecosystem.
Benefits of Genetically Engineered Ingredients may include:
- Increased yields of crops.
- Reduction in the use of pesticides and
- Improved appearance of produce and extended shelf life.
- Higher nutritional content for fruits, vegetables and grains.
Currently there are no regulations in place requiring companies to label their
products as containing Genetically Engineered Ingredients. At Hain Pure Foods we
believe the consumers have the right to be informed, and that's why we are labeling
all our products as containing No-GEIs.
"More than 80% of consumers want to see genetically-engineered foods
labeled as such." (Source: TIME Magazine, January 1999)
"Over 500,000 mothers have lobbied Congress to mandate the labeling of
genetically engineered foods." (Source: Mothers for Natural Law)
BACKGROUND ON ORGANIC AND GEI-FREE
Organic means grown without potentially harmful herbicides or pesticides and
confirmed by a third party certifier.
Non-GEI means the seed has not been genetically altered or grown near crops that
were genetically altered.
While organic status also requires grown without Genetically Engineered seeds,
crops could be affected by accidental cross-pollination from nearby farms using
Genetically Engineered seeds.
To make the statement of No-Genetically Engineered Ingredients, manufacturers must
set up strict purchasing specifications and undergo rigorous testing to ensure
against accidental contamination.
To receive more information on The Hain Celestial Group's policy toward
Genetically Engineered Ingredients, please write or call us.
Hain Pure Foods; Consumer Relations
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
Boulder, CO 80301
1-800-434-4246, Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm Mountain Time