Last night, I shut off my television in disgust at the anger, illogic and threats of violence voiced by demonstrators over George Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict. But America's political and justice systems aren't the only institutions threatened by mob rule.
Today, while quietly spooning up my Chobani Greek yogurt, my stomach churned while reading a Web release about a campaign to force Chobani to stop using milk from New York cows fed genetically-modified feeds. Like the protestors who want their "pound of Zimmerman flesh" – revenge, GMO Inside and other anti-GMO groups want to rule by "mob rule" over Chobani and the dairy industry
Hang common sense! Hang real world reality!
Some of these well-intentioned people are so naïve they'd probably believe dairy milk could grow on trees if they were told that research proves it. Pass the coconuts!
Have I gone off the deep end?
Hardly. As Chobani Spokesperson Lindsey Kos puts it: "Rome wasn't built in a day. We don't claim to be GMO-free. But becoming so would require us to ensure the feed to more than 78,000 cows across more than 875 farms is 100% GMO-free."
Even Kos likely doesn’t have a clue what a gargantuan task that would be – if it could be done at all. American agriculture has openly embraced genetically-engineered or GMO feedstuffs for the environmental and economic benefits they provide.
To use GMO Inside's disputable numbers 98% of genetically modified soy and 49% of genetically modified corn goes to feeding livestock and poultry. Actually, GMO Inside was wrong about that, too!
Just last week, USDA released data results showing:
Of all U.S. soybeans grown this year, 93% are genetically-engineered varieties – same as in 2012.
Of all U.S. corn grown, 90% are genetically-engineered hybrids – up from 88% in 2012.
Of all U.S. cotton, 90% are genetically-engineered varieties – down from 94% in 2012. In case you didn't know, cotton seed is a livestock feedstuff.
Watch for Monday's post on this website with more details about the anti-GMO campaign against the dairy industry – and Chobani's response.
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