Burp: I Ate at Monsanto’s Cafeteria & the Food was Not GMO Free! August 28, 2013
By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau
The food was delicious, by the way. If I worked at Monsanto I’d eat there every day when in the office. But alas, their menu did not cater to a GMO-free crowd, only to a good and healthy variety of yummy foods.
If you Google “Monsanto’s Cafeteria has gone GMO-Free,” you get 11,100 results at last count. But the data on this story is weak and of course, filled more with fear than fact.
At Monsanto headquarters in St. Louis where I visited this last spring, you’ll simply get good food with a variety of options. But there is no distinction, signage and effort to keep Monsanto employees from eating GMO-laced foods.
I selected food items from their Mexican food menu including black beans and fish tacos with corn chips and salsa. Soooooooo good. Remember regular chips you buy in the grocery store are most likely made from GMO-derived corn. No effort by Monsanto to keep me from them.
later, I got so hungry mid-day with all the tours and interviews when I was at Monsanto headquarters that I selected a candy bar from their vending machine, available at every break station in the very large Monsanto headquarters. As the experts say, an estimated 75% of your processed foods are derived from GMO-based crops. If Monsanto is so adamant about keeping their own employees away from GMO-based foods, they’re not trying very hard.
So, the idea of GMO food banned at Monsanto is simply an urban legend that keeps getting recycled by GMO critics.
I did glow for a bit after lunch … not from eating GMO-laced food, but because my tummy was happy and full after the delightful meal.
- Is It Time For Scientist Activism Against GMO Fear-Mongering? (forbes.com)
- What’s Served in Monsanto’s Cafeterias? (monsantoblog.com)
Editor’s Note: This is part of my ongoing series exploring the world of biotech agriculture and food including Mandatory GMO Labeling Coming to a State Near You?, Defining & Understanding Biotechnology: Wrapping Our Heads Around the Science, Getting to Know Monsanto’s People, 10 Simple Strategies to Avoid GMO Foods and Into the Belly of the Beast: My Visit to Monsanto.