Slouching toward Soylent Green?

From One News Now from March 30, 2011:

According to a Florida-based pro-life organization, a biotech company is using aborted fetal cell lines to test food flavor enhancers.

Debi Vinnedge, executive director of Children of God for Life, is calling for a boycott of major food companies partnering with Senomyx, a San Diego-based firm that produces artificial flavor enhancers using aborted fetal cell lines to test their products. She explains the process.

“They take their artificial flavor enhancers, which are made using little molecules, and they put them on that aborted fetal cell line [which] elicits a response…,” says Vinnedge. “So they know whether they’re getting the right reaction, whether it’s going to produce that proper sweet taste as opposed to maybe another flavor.”

The pro-life activist argues there is no need to use aborted fetal tissue in this process, saying the truth is that Senomyx can use other cell lines, such as from animals. That, she says, raises the question of why those alternative sources are not used instead.

“…In one of their responses to us, [Nestlé] said this is such a well-established cell line that was used widely in scientific research — and so what? It doesn’t matter that it is. It’s just readily available,” she remarks.

The tissue in question comes from a baby aborted in the 1970s. Scientists create a cell line, freeze it in liquid nitrogen, and then take it out for use in their experiments.

The primary firms doing business with Senomyx are Pepsico, Kraft, Campbell Soup, and Nestlé.

A follow-up from One News Now from April 05, 2011 shows Cambell Soup is severing ties with the Senomyx, but Pepsico is standing firm:

Outrage continues over major food companies and their relationship with a firm that uses aborted fetal cells to test food flavor enhancers.

Campbell Soup, Nestlé, Solae, Pepsico and Kraft have been listed as partners with the bio-tech firm Senomyx (see earlier story). Debi Vinnedge, executive director of Children of God for Life, tells OneNewsNow one company was quick to respond.

“Campbell Soup actually met earlier and made the decision to sever all relations with Senomyx,” she reports. The firm has also been removed from the Senomyx website.

Solae has responded by saying it does not have an active relationship with Senomyx, but it is still listed as a partner on the latter’s website. Nestlé points out the fetal cell line being used worldwide is from a baby aborted in the 1970s, and it would be difficult to stop using them. The response from Vinnedge?

“Well, that’s ridiculous. Of course they can do it,” says the spokeswoman. “There’s no reason to use aborted fetal cell lines to test food additives.”

She adds that Pepsi was “very, very evasive” in its response. “Pepsi simply talked about how great it was going to make their beverages taste,” she states, “and that their goal was to reduce sugar and MSG in products.”

Vinnedge says the boycott continues against the remaining firms.

You can read the original alert to boycott these companies here, and you can read the e-mails to these companies (and their responses) here.

HT: RevivalAndReformation

4 thoughts on “Slouching toward Soylent Green?

  1. Revival and Reformation says:

    I have been sickened over this ever since I read it. We as a family have gone through our cupboards and fridge and have gotten rid of everything produced by these offending companies. If we all take this stand and these companies see a drop in their profits, perhaps a light might turn on? Just perhaps??

  2. 072591 says:

    Looking into the research, including the patents on the process that the company owns, and I found a couple things that One News Now left out.

    First, if Campbell has, in fact, severed their connections, they told this group illegally; by federal law, a publicly traded company – like Campbell – cannot report anything this big except as a press release; this e-mail, if authentic, would be insider trading.

    Second, about the HEK-293, the cells themselves are not taken from a baby aborted in the 70’s. The story is a little more complicated. It seems that back in the 70’s, there was kidney research done on the cells of an aborted baby; one of the things done was experiments on some of the kidney cells, changing them into something else. Research derived from that research has led to the creation of the HEK-293 cells, which are cloned by Senomyx; they don’t pull out cells from a dead baby’s tissue, as Vinnedge claimed (I actually read the very, very dry patent information).

    Proverbs 18:17 keeps going through my head for some reason …

  3. doreen says:

    Fact is, either they use them, or they don’t. If they are not doing anything wrong, they should say so, clearly, and not be so covert in what they are doing. That goes for all these companies, not just Campbell’s.

    Anyone would think they had something to hide…

  4. Revival and Reformation says:

    This is why it is so important to find out who were are supporting with our money. When we go to the Supermarket, where is our money going? Whose lifestyle are we supporting?
    We will be held responsible for every penny because it all belongs to God anyhow.

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