Frito-Lay Says "No More GMOs"Frito-Lay Says "No More GMOs"
February 7, 2000
PLANO, Texas--Frito-Lay announced it will no longer be using corn that has been genetically engineered in its snack food products. The decision to eliminate genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was made in response to "consumer concern" according to a company spokesperson.
Farm groups such as the American Farm Bureau Federation said the company caved to anti-biotech activists. Frito-Lay currently purchases approximately 1.2 billion pounds of corn each year--a very small percentage of the annual United States crop.
Currently, Frito-Lay accounts for two-thirds of parent company PepsiCo's sales. A bold move such as this has environmental activists such as Greenpeace applauding it. Greenpeace is also currently lobbying PepsiCo to make the same move in its soft drink division.
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