Mars Is Listening: Let Them Know You ♥ Non-GMO
Mars recently announced it would remove artificial colors from all of its human foods, in direct response to consumer pressure. This shows that Mars is a company that listens to what its customers want.
Now we must tell Mars we want the company to deepen its commitment to sustainability by offering non-GMO human and pet food products.
Mars is the largest candy manufacturer in the US and the second largest in pet food sales. Popular Mars products that may contain GMOs include:
- M&Ms: contain soy lecithin, corn starch, sugar, and corn syrup
- Snickers: contain soy lecithin, corn syrup, sugar and partially hydrogenated soybean oil
- Mars pet foods, including Iams, Eukanuba, Pedigree, and Whiskas: contain corn and soy
GMOs have never been proven safe for consumption. GMOs are designed to go hand-in-hand with harmful pesticides, such as glyphosate (Roundup), 2,4-D, and dicamba. This has created superbugs and superweeds, immune to these chemicals, that in turn need heavier and more toxic herbicide application, polluting vital soil and water resources. Additionally, the World Health Organization recently designated glyphosate and 2,4-D as probable carcinogens.
In the US, 92% of our corn and 94% of our soybeans are genetically modified. As most pet foods contain these ingredients, it’s highly likely we are feeding our pets GMOs as well.
Thanks to hearing from people like you, the Hershey Company announced last year that it would replace high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) with sugar that is not genetically engineered in two signature products. This action demonstrates it is possible for Mars to source non-GMO ingredients.
Mars has an opportunity to lead the pack among candy and pet food companies in shifting away from GMOs. Join us in encouraging Mars to deepen its commitment to sustainability by going non-GMO!