PO Box 12 SHEFFIELD TAS 7306 AUSTRALIA
Genetically Modified Soya Beans?
We are regularly asked if the Kialla soya beans and the soya beans in
the Vitasoy soya milk we sell are genetically engineered. In response we
answer with a resounding NO! and add that we trust this will always be the
case because the soya beans and the soya beans used in the products on
our pricelist are certified organic or bio-dynamic. Put plainly and simply, if a
crop has been genetically modified in any way it cannot be certified as
being organic or bio-dynamic.
Leading the way in the genetic engineering of agricultural crops is the
giant chemical company Monsanto which produces the world's biggest selling
herbicide, Roundup. In 1997 Monsanto's first genetically
engineered crop - Roundup-ready Soya Beans - was released on to the
market. Given that between 50% - '60%' of processed foods contain soya beans
or soya bean derivatives the market is huge. Monsanto is now working on
the genetic engineering of new varieties of rice, maize, potato, sugar
beet, rape and cotton and believes that within a few years all the major
staple crops will be genetically engineered.