Smuckers "all natural" foods may not be 'natural' after all

To be or not to be GMO

Can't tell by looking at them if they are, or are not, genetically modified
Can't tell by looking at them if they are, or are not, genetically modified | Source

Defining "natural"

The GMO foods continue to be "debated in Congress, as if consumer health and safety is actually negotiable.

Apparently to some in Congress - it is.

Natural by definition:

  • being in accordance with, or determined by Nature.
  • Having a specified character by nature.
  • Occurring in conformity with the ordinary course of nature.
  • Existing in, or produced by nature.
  • Living in, or as if in a state of nature untouched by the influences of civilization.

When food industry is not honest, we all lose. Guessing is NOT food safety

GMO or all natural strawberry ice cream
GMO or all natural strawberry ice cream
Jams and Jellies - Real or genetically modified
Jams and Jellies - Real or genetically modified
Even Sumckers peanut butter is now questioned
Even Sumckers peanut butter is now questioned

Smuckers' Representative

Today (December 6, 2013, at 12:30 pm) i called Smuckers to ask about their "all natural" products.

I reached the representative in the office of CEO Richard Smucker.

The telephone conversation went as follows:

I said:

I would like to speak to someone about the "all natural" products that you sell.

I have been using these products for years thinking they were, in fact, "all natural".

I have always been concerned about what i feed my family, and have trusted Smuckers to provide foods as labeled on their products.

My question is: Are the ingredients in your "all natural" products truly 'all natural', or are they genetically modified foods?


The representative was polite and answered honestly:

She told me that Smuckers complies with the law and the laws in the United States DO NOT require them to label their products as to whether they use GMO foods, or not.

I asked:

Are you telling me that the 'all natural" products are genetically modified?

She informed me that "..when they label their products "all natural" it only means that there are "no additives" to the products ingredients''.

They cannot guarantee that the ingredients they buy to use in their jams and jellies, or other products they sell, are not genetically modified.

They buy in bulk and cannot be sure where those fruits come from, if those fruits are truly "natural", or genetically modified.

She went on to say that:

Smuckers complies with the laws, and the laws do not mandate labeling whether the ingredients are GMO, or not.
They (Smuckers) DO NOT support 'individual state' requirements to label their products as GMO free, or not.

They also DO NOT support any kind of GMO labeling at all, or any proposed bills to require them to do so.

Corporations are People too (per Scotus)

When honesty is not always the best policy - profits over consumer safety
When honesty is not always the best policy - profits over consumer safety | Source

Customer safety

The only interpretation that can be concluded from this conversation is that Smuckers is not concerned with the health of their customers, unless their health and safety is mandated by law.

They are "legally" allowed to use any products without knowing if those products are genetically modified or not.

The prevalent bottom line in the U.S.A. is clearly:

  • "profits above safety"


Smuckers is compliant with that premise and will continue with it until the laws of the U.S. dictate otherwise

Solution:

We as consumers must make a concerted effort to buy only local products from food producers that we know and trust and have our health and safety first and foremost when they manufacture foods for us to eat.

Verifying Information

Please feel free to verify this information by calling them yourselves.

The link below will give all the details for calling for verification.

Instructions

Follow the directions and you will be directed to a "live person".

Otherwise you will be asked to leave a message and they will 'forward' it to someone else.

Which means it will be deleted and/or totally ignored.

We, as consumers, must take responsibility for our own health and safety when it comes to food manufacturers in this country. We have the right to know what we are consuming, in spite of what the manufacturers say to the contrary.

There are many foods that are organic, GMO free, and healthy to feed to ourselves and our children. It only takes a small amount of effort to research, read labels, call the manufacturers comments numbers on the foods you buy and ask about the ingredients, and only buy what is truly "natural", healthy, and safe, for human consumption.

If enough of us call to tell the manufacturers that we do not want GMO products, or at least know that they are in those foods, maybe they will get the message.

Be assured that the only reason they are fighting the labeling of GMO products is in the event that there are untoward side effects from humans ingesting GMO foods [as proven to be the case in animals], the manufacturers will not be held liable for selling them to the unsuspecting public. Without labeling there is no proof to connect the food manufacturers to any possible side effects.

by: d.william 12/06/2013

Even children know better than corporate greed mongers

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11 comments

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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Good article d. Walmart sells organic foods now, they cost double but are worth the price.. for example, i bought an organic cucumber which stayed crisp for days in the frig. Geez, if we can't trust Smuckers to use organic fruit for their jelly, then who can we trust? I guess the companies must label if they use organic. I notice more and more gluten free labels which is wonderful for me since i have celiac. Thank's again..


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

The truth is that our food supply is tainted Up and awesome and useful and interesting.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Always: thanks for reading and commenting. The sad part of it is, that this government refuses to force manufacturers to list ALL of their ingredients that are potentially harmful to people. When the Bush administration down played the dangers of hydrogenated oils (and other harmful additives) by passing a law that stated that manufactures only had to list them if there was more than 5% used, they had to become more 'creative' in order to get around this ineffective law - as they always do.

So to get around that percentage number, they changed the names of the hydrogenated oils to "interresterated" oils to get away from having to list it as an ingredient. Or, in some cases they used both of them and listed them as under the stated % allowed.

Now, how many people even noticed that slight change in the ingredients? Probably very few (like myself) who dared to look up what that word really means.

Even sadder, most people don't even care about the ingredients. They only care about the convenience of buying 'canned' , or 'prepared', goods. Most people have the attitude that "what you don't know won't hurt you".

When the increase in child birth mutations become public it will be too late to stop it. Or when other new diseases or "disorders" are finally noticed no one will even associate them with GMO foods, and foolishly blame them on "God's punishing sinner".

When i published this article, like those others that talk ill of corporate enterprises that are not people friendly, the automatic "ratings" are generally in the 70's. When "live" censors begin reading them they drop dramatically in numbers ratings.

The reasons for this? Simply. This site, and those others who will only promote articles that ''sell'' products, try to discourage this kind of article, as it is "bad" business for Corporate America to publish anything negative about them that could affect their precious "net profits".


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

breakfastpop: Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Food concerns and connections to cancer and other diseases have really been growing. Thanks for informing us about Smuckers and their "all natural" foods. I am sure there are plenty of others, too!


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d.william 2 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

rebeccamealey

thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. There ARE plenty more 'stories' to be told and i am working on them one at a time.


mbuggieh 2 years ago

Sadly, the word "natural" is meaningless in terms of food and other products. Natural is often misread by consumers (to the glee of marketers) as organic. It is not.


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d.william 2 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

mbuggieh:

Yes, that is an important consideration that people must be educated on.

The giant food industries such as Monsanto, et al, have paid big money to politicians to word their legislation carefully so as to circumvent their requirement to tell people what is actually in the foods we eat.

The politicians are not educated in nutrition, physiology, or the symbiosis between people and the foods we eat, so they may, or may not, even be aware of what they are doing to promote unhealthy foods in our diets.

Look at the recent attempts by First Lady Obama to try to regulate the foods that children are fed in schools and the blatant opposition by the GOP to stop her from doing so. They are more concerned with the gross net profits of their corporate benefactors than the health of our children.

The only way to correct this travesty of justice is for individuals to start taking some interest in what they are feeding themselves and their children and then shop wisely and only buy food products that are labeled "Certified USDA organic" or "Non-GMO" ingredients. Foods without these labels are surely filled with poisonous GMO crap. No foods are "safe" foods anymore and until we stand up for healthy foods, that will only get worse.

Unfortunately, the buyers for our local grocery stores have no clue what GMO foods, or "natural" foods even mean. They buy their foods to sell, by the profits to be made from selling them.

Education is key to any progressive changes, and even that is being skewed by the changing of history to block out the realities of the atrocities of our past.


mbuggieh 2 years ago

This is why we grow more and more of our own food and I find myself home-canning and home-preserving more and more of what we eat. It's becoming a matter of self-defense.


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d.william 2 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

mbuggieh:

Exactly, but we must be careful that the seeds we use are from "organic" fruits and vegetable otherwise we are only contaminating the foods we eat with "unnatural" plants.

It is going to be a long uphill battle against the contaminated foods in our world, to preserve what mother nature has provided for humans and animals to survive on.

I started saving seeds from vegetables many years ago, but have to start over again because i somehow got seeds mixed from GMO and "natural" veggies.

A couple of years ago i planted green pepper seeds and have 3 plants in one huge pot that come up every year.

Last year i got only a few green peppers from the three of them. This year i discovered that only one of the three plants actually is producing green peppers. The other two developed flowers that just dropped off before producing any green peppers. This has led me to believe that they are from GMO seeds.

Plants grown from GMO seeds require huge amounts of fertilizers to produce any kind of crop and therein lies the dangers of GMO crops being introduce in this country.

Since they cross contaminate, eventually we will kill off all of the true "natural" plants and be left with mutants that cannot produce on their own as mother nature intended.

This is great for the manufacturers of fertilizers, and for those manufacturers' ability to control our foods supplies, as Monsanto aspires to do, but does little for the promotion and preservation of "Natural" "Nature's Bounties".


mbuggieh 2 years ago

Definitely. We use organic seeds, no pesticides (this can be labor-intensive), no GMO seeds.

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