Hormel has long supported the use of GMO products. (For their statement regarding GMO use and safety read the end of their product page.) Needless to say, I don’t agree with the government’s take on GMO safety –bought and paid for by Monsanto.
Now Hormel bought one of the best organic meat companies, and the only non-local people from whom we would buy, Applegate Farms. Applegate was committed to slowly building a non-GMO, organic and humane product. It is the only company we’ve bought such things as the occasional salami and felt good about the practices behind the product and therefore our safety when eating it.
Now we will ONLY buy local — there is NO way I trust Hormel, maker of Spam and Jenny-O and several companies that have been shut down repeatedly for poultry illness to to unsanitary conditions, with our family meat products.
It is possible Hormel is trying to make a change, but more likely they bought Applegate so they can have a voting seat on the organics boards, and vote to include chemicals including GMO in so-called organic products.
Our local Whole Foods meat department said that WF is considering not carrying them because of the takeover. More and more, WF is looking at both the organic product itself, and the company practices behind the product.
I also find it interesting that Applegate continues to close down all commentary on the takeover. Customers are very upset.
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We will walk away from the product. My experience in following these acquisitions is that usually the dirty company sullies the cleaner company. I can’t see Hormel wanting to clean up its act.
Always organic or non-GMO, humanely raised. It matters!
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