At Least Baby Food Is Safe…Right?

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You’d think so. But even Certified Organic baby food may contain genetically engineered ingredients. Help stop it with our new Action Alert!

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Legislation like Rep. Kucinich’s (see our other article in this issue) is desperately needed as GMO infiltrates more and more products. But the big shocker is that it’s now even in organic baby food! As Mike Adams pointed out, Martek Biosciences’ synthetic forms of DHA and ARA oils (docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid—polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids naturally present in breast milk) are genetically engineered—and now being added to organic infant formula, not to mention hundreds of other USDA Certified Organic products as well.

In 2006, National Organic Program (NOP) staff told Martek that the DHA and ARA couldn’t be in organic food because they were synthetic, genetically engineered, and did not qualify as organic. Martek was able to reverse that decision with a simple phone call to NOP acting director Barbara Robinson—though no one knew about the reversal until three years later when the Washington Post broke the story.

Martek then formally petitioned the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Shockingly, in a board meeting two weeks ago, the NOSB recommended that DHA and ARA oils be added to the Certified Organic list—so long as they are not extracted with the use of the toxic and air polluting petrochemical hexane.

What baby formulas are affected?

  • Earth’s Best Organic Soy with DHA & ARA (Hain Celestial Group)
  • Enfamil LIPIL (Mead Johnson Nutritionals)
  • Enfamil Next Step (Mead Johnson)
  • Isomil 2 Advance (Abbott Laboratories)
  • Nestle Good Start Supreme with DHA & ARA (Nestle USA)
  • Parent’s Choice Organic (Wal-Mart)
  • Similac Advance (Abbott Nutrition)
  • Ultra Bright Beginnings Lipids (PBM Products, LLC)

(Source: Natural News)

Among other problems, this still allows usage of other chemical solvents in the manufacturing process, which is counter to organic standards. The Cornucopia Institute points out that prohibiting only hexane, instead of all synthetic solvents, could potentially lead Martek to use even more dangerous solvents, like acetone or benzene, to manufacture their nutritional oils for use in organic infant formula. If they were to ban all synthetic chemical solvents, it would effectively work as a ban on DHA and ARA oils, because there would be no way to extract those ingredients.

As things stand now, the DHA and ARA oils are, as the Organic Consumers Association put it, produced through genetic engineering, processed with volatile synthetic solvents, and microencapsulated—three things that are expressly banned from USDA Organic!

There is hope, however: the decision is not yet final. The NOSB is an advisory body only; the next step in the process is for the NOP to take the NOSB’s recommendations through the rulemaking process, where there will be an opportunity for public comment.

There is no specific timeline for the NOP to go through this rulemaking procedure. It could take six months or longer, so we have a window of opportunity.

Please contact the National Organics Program immediately and ask them to reject the NOSB’s recommendation on DHA and ARA. GMO and synthetic chemical solvents have no place in organic food, much less baby food, and should be banned immediately, not allowed to remain while the rulemaking process lumbers on. Please take action today!

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  • Arlene Goetze

    Baby food is also full of fluoride which is not recommended for babies under one.

    • Gabby Mall

      Injesting fluoride isn’t good for ANYone.

  • Dr. Richard Edlich

    I would strongly recommend that mothers provide breast feeding for at least six months.. Genetically modified foods should be banned in our country because it can seriously injure all human beings.

  • Mary Barnes

    I agree with Dr. Edlich that breastfeeding is extremely important. The World Health Organization recommends at least one year and the benefits of breastfeeding have been shown to increase the longer the child is breastfed (and it reduces mother’s risk of breast cancer). At the same time, however, the mother needs to make sure that she is avoiding GMO foods since the breastmilk is impacted by the mother’s diet – i.e, while it’s a perfect food for an infant/toddler, it is impacted by our very imperfect world.

  • Dawne Hurst

    This is ridiculous. I am breastfeeding my daughter, taking high doses of DHA to ensure she gets enough through my milk and making organic baby food for her. However, because we will be traveling at the holidays I thought I would let her try a few of the organic food choices from Whole Foods to have a backup for travel. How am I to know which use GMO? This is very disappointing and so frustrating.

    • Lou

      “How am I to know which [foods] use GMO?”

      This is a key health question of our time. The politically powerful Monsanto refuses to let consumers know by allowing the label “GMO” to NEVER appear on a label. NEVER!

      Free markets? Freedom of choice? Not in Monsanto’s USSA. Monsanto owns our puppet president and puppet congress.

      Just shut up and take the “vaccine”! Just shut up and eat your GMO! And certainly shut up as you watch your grand kids die before you do.