Tell Mars: There is Nothing Sweet about GMOs!
Thanks to pressure from consumers like you, the Hershey Company recently announced that it is replacing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) with sugar that is not genetically engineered (known as GE or GMO) in its two signature products. We encourage Mars to go beyond Hershey’s commitment and remove GMOs from all of its products.
Some of America’s favorite sweets, are chockfull of ingredients that are highly likely to be genetically engineered. Many of these treats are made by Mars, one of the oldest and largest chocolate manufacturers in the US. Mars makes up nearly 30% of the US chocolate market.
GMOs have never been proven safe for consumption. GMOs are designed to go hand-in-hand with pesticides, and a growing body of studies expose the health effects of exposure and consumption of these toxic chemicals. By design, the majority of GMOs, including the sugar beets used for sugar ingredients, are herbicide resistant which allows for increased and liberal use of dangerous herbicides 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. This form of intensive industrialized agriculture has major environmental impacts as it destroys soil biodiversity and wreaks havoc on pollinators and local eco systems.
Mars Products that May Contain GMOs:
• M&Ms: contain sugar, soy lecithin, corn starch, and corn syrup
• Snickers: contain soy lecithin, corn syrup, sugar and partially hydrogenated soybean oil
In Europe, where food manufacturers are required to label products with GMOs, many companies have opted to remove GM ingredients altogether. Mars is no exception here. If it is possible to make the same candy without GMOs in Europe, why can’t Mars do it here?
Mars has shown it cares about customer feedback by agreeing to source ethically certified cocoa in response to consumer demand. It is time Mars continue to demonstrate its commitment by removing GMOs from all of its products.
Unless you are flying to Europe to buy these treats, there is a high chance you could be giving your loved ones a sweet treat that endangers their health and the environment because of GMOs. You should choose organic chocolate or non-GMO verified treats to show your loved ones you really care. Even sweeter, you should look for fair trade products that ensure workers are treated fairly. And, make sure to tell Mars you expect it to ditch GMOs from all its candy.