Tell Haagen Dazs, Dreyer’s, Edy’s, and Baskin Robbins: No Extreme Genetic Engineering in Our Ice Cream!
A new genetically engineered ingredient, straight out of a petri dish, is about to enter our favorite foods, from ice cream to birthday cake.
Synbio vanilla (produced by a new, extreme form of genetic engineering called “synthetic biology”) is stranger than science fiction, but regulators will still let food companies call it "natural" on labels.
What’s worse, the FDA hasn’t even bothered to test this laboratory creation as a new product. Instead the agency will likely approve it as “Generally Regarded As Safe”.
As the first major use of synthetic biology in our food, synbio vanilla could set a dangerous precedent and open the floodgates to allow more synthetic, genetically engineered ingredients labeled as “natural”.
Vanilla produced in labs from synthetic genetically engineered yeast should never be called "natural". Tell ice cream makers like Haagen Dazs, Dreyer’s, Edy’s, Baskin Robbins and others to not use this virtually unregulated, unnatural and unlabeled laboratory vanilla in their ice cream.