Is There Life on Mars?

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Two weeks ago we asked you to join us in urging multinational candy conglomerates Hershey’s and Mars to stop using sugar made from untested sugar beets that are genetically engineered to withstand megadoses of pesticides.  We were encouraged to see thousands of CEH supporters take action, but we were equally dismayed to learn that Mars has put its head in the sand to blot out your concerns.

It’s true:  Mars is working hard to avoid hearing your concerns.  When you send your requests to the makers of M&M’s, Snickers, Dove and Mars bars, and other candy shelf mainstays, you receive a computer generated email that forces you to return to Mars’ site and share additional information if you want the company to hear your concerns.

And what happens after you’ve jumped through these hoops?  Mars sends you this letter claiming that the company cares about food safety (false) and could not possibly find ingredients that are free of genetically engineered foods (double false).FROM MARS CUSTOMER SERVICE

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  1. Posted November 14, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    You guys are lumping together 2 different issues. Nobody wants pesticides if possible, however it is a little capricious to immediately link that with genetic modification and then say “protest Mars” Until you attack overpopulation and the fact that we are not going to let people starve to death, genetic modification is an unfortunate necessity. You shouldn’t knock an idea until you have something better to replace it. Nuclear power has it’s faults, but just saying “I don’t like it” does not offer how we’re going to realistically power our multi-million populated cities right now. In the same vein, just wanting natural, biologic foods doesn’t justify stopping our only feasible way of feeding all these hungry mouths unless you have a better idea to offer.
    Same thing republicans do about Obama’s health care; Say “I don’t like it”, but offer no reasonable alternative.