Last updated on Jun 22nd, 2021 at 11:17 am

Do you really want your kids to be eating bacteria and virus genes in their conflakes? Do we want our children eating baby cereal that contains pesticide and bacteria genes? Do you know that these genes are unpredictable, can have untold side effects and can in fact replicate?

SafeAge, the GMO watchdog, have just released the results of random tests conducted on a number of food products, including breakfast cereals, baby foods and staple foods. Some breakfast cereals include a high content of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) while one of the baby products contained a staggering 97.49%. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard.

Take action against genetically modified food

SafeAge are asking for your support for GM labelling, by calling the food producers and retailers concerned (and any others you would like to call) and tell them that you will not be buying their products unless and until they label them with the GM content.  (See details below).

1) ProNutro original flavour (52.7 % GMO content)

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Email: bokomofoodscustomercare@pioneerfoods.co.za   or Phone 0860-221-102

2) ProNutro Toddlers Instant apple and banana flavour (97.5% GMO content)

Email: bokomofoodscustomercare@pioneerfoods.co.za   or Phone 0860-221-102

3) Iwisa Maize Meal (27.2% GMO content)

Email: secretary@premierfoods.com or Phone 0860-122-300

4) Tiger Brands Ace Samp (53.7% GMO content)

Phone 0860-100-291  – (No email address provided)

or write to Tiger Food Brands, P/Bag 208, Bryanston, 2021

5) Purity cream of maize baby soft porridge (24.9% GMO content)

Contact them via their web site www.babynet.co.za or Phone 0860-004-755  

What the food processors say

The two most commonly given reasons by food processors in South Africa for GM contamination of our food is that there are no laws requiring labelling of GM from non-GM grains in South Africa because GM crops are said to be ‘substantially equivalent’ to non GM crops.. This is because South Africa decided to adopt American law which states that a GM food is substantially equivalent to it’s non-GM counterpart and therefore does not warrant labelling. The other big lie is that the GM crop is so large it is becoming impossible to source (that means segregate) non-GM suppliers.

The concern around “substantial equivalence” (or “substantially different” as it is known in SA) is the subject of a contentious debate. On the one hand these products are said by their creators and certain law makers to be substantially equivalent to non-GM products, yet the very same product is uniquely different enough to warrant being patented? How can a miele containing a bacteria or a soybean containing a toxic chemical gene, be the same as a bean or head of corn that does NOT contain such? It is just a ploy not to label.

2000 farmers grow non-GM maize

Addressing the second concern, there are 2000 farmers in the Ventersdorp, Ottersdal, Hartebeesfontein and Viljoenskroon districts (an area spanning several provinces), who grow only non-GM maize for export to Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Malawi as these countries insist on non-GM maize.

These farmers also supply African Products, a company that exports corn starch and syrup to Europe where consumers demand food without a GM content. In addition all organically certified maize is non-GM.  

There do exist within South Africa perfectly good methods for segregation and tracing of GM crops from non-GM and we are saying that if such methods exist for exportation why can they not apply to South Africans?

For more info on GMOs and their side-effects, go to www.safeage.org