Coles one step closer to okaying GE chicken meat
15 July 2010
Coles' response to the True Food Network reveals the company's backslide on GE feed. Unless we can convince Coles that shoppers want their non-GE policy to stay, more of our food will soon be polluted with GE.
In June, True Food Members who took action to stop GE animal feed from seeping into our food supply should have received a reply from the supermarket.
In an attempt to fob-off customer’s complaints about polluted, GE animal feed, Coles states their ‘strong preference’ for non-GE feed, and promises that they follow all the laws when it comes to genetically engineered toxins.
Unfortunately, Australia’s current laws openly allow GE pollution in our food. Coles also completely fails to mention its chicken products. This is a serious omission, because we know that poultry producers are the most likely culprits when it comes to using dodgy GE feed.
The good thing is there’s a solution. There are heaps of non-GE animal feed alternatives on the market. GE crops are only a tiny part of the Australian agricultural landscape and 50 per cent of Brazilian soy, which we import to feed chickens, is non-GE. That means stores like Coles have absolutely no excuse not to use non-GE feed; all we need to do is show them that it would be worth their while, because customers care whether their food is polluted with GE or not.
Email Coles (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and let them no there’s no excuses when it comes to selling customers polluted, GE, chicken meat.
Here’s some points you could include:
* Your latest email on animal feed fails to mention chicken. Does that mean you’re selling your customers polluted, GE chicken meat?
* I don’t want to eat products contaminated with toxic genes and that certainly goes for chicken meat.
* There are plenty of non-GE feed alternatives in Australia and around the world. There is no excuse for Coles selling poor quality chicken meat to its customers.