By Kavin Senapathy –
“No matter how far afield you look, you won’t find a single genetically modified tomato among our vines,” Hunt’s, the iconic company that makes preserved tomato products like ketchup, tomato paste and barbecue sauce, announced on December 26th. A video accompanying the announcement depicts a field of tomatoes and a message: “No GMOs in sight.” The backlash was swift, with hundreds of comments from consumers, farmers and scientists criticizing the company for fear mongering and pandering to “the superstitions of misinformed extremists.”
“It’s terribly unfortunate you’re lying to consumers, Hunt’s. GMO tomatoes are not available to the market and yet you’re implying they are,” one critic wrote.
Keep in mind that “Genetically Modified Organism” is an arbitrary term. Virtually all the foods we eat, including those labeled natural, organic, or even heirloom, have had their genes modified using unnatural methods, including exposure of a plant to chemicals and radiation, as I’ve discussed several times, including here and here.