BY BILL MUEHLENBERG
For some time now we have known that the taste of Pepsi is based in part on the use of aborted babies. And now the Obama administration informs us that this is no big deal – just business as usual. Just more chilling scenes from the culture wars and the battle for life.
Last year pro-life groups were already warning about this, and asking that those concerned about life boycott PepsiCo for this practice. It is still continuing, and Obama’s people consider it to be just fine. Here is how one news story reported matters last year:
“Scores of prolife groups are calling for a public boycott of food giant, PepsiCo, due to its partnership with Senomyx, a biotech company that uses aborted fetal cells in the research and development of artificial flavor enhancers. LifeSiteNews previously reported on Senomyx’s partnership with major food corporations, most notably PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, and Nestlé.
“Pro-life watchdog group, Children of God for Life (CGL), is now joined by major pro-life organizations calling upon the public to target PepsiCo in a boycott. Pepsi is funding the research and development, and paying royalties to Senomyx, which uses HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney cells) to produce flavor enhancers for Pepsi beverages. ‘Using isolated human taste receptors we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor,’ says the Senomyx website.
“‘What they do not tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors,’ stated Debi Vinnedge, President for CGL, the watch dog group that has been monitoring the use of aborted fetal material in medical products and cosmetics for years. The aborted fetal cells are not in the product itself. However, ‘there are many options PepsiCo could be using instead of aborted fetal cells,’ noted Vinnedge.”
That report came from May of last year. Despite many people sharing their concerns with the company and with the government, it seems their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Obama’s administration has dismissed these concerns, and simply want Pepsi to carry on with business as usual.
Consider this news item from yesterday: “PepsiCo has come under fire from pro-life advocates because it has been contracting with a research firm that uses fetal cells from babies victimized by abortions to test and produce artificial flavor enhancers.
“Now, the Obama administration is set to face more criticism because an agency has declared that Pepsi’s use of the company and its controversial flavor testing process constitutes ‘ordinary business.’ In a decision delivered February 28, the Security and Exchange Commission ruled that PepsiCo’s use of aborted fetal remains in their research and development agreement with Senomyx to produce flavor enhancers falls under ‘ordinary business operations.’
“Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, the organization that exposed the PepsiCo-Senomyx collaboration last year, informed LifeNews today that a letter signed by Attorney Brian Pitko of the SEC Office of Chief Counsel was sent in response to a 36-page document submitted by PepsiCo attorneys in January 2012. In that filing, PepsiCo pleaded with the SEC to reject a Shareholder’s Resolution filed in October 2011 that the company ‘adopt a corporate policy that recognizes human rights and employs ethical standards which do not involve using the remains of aborted human beings in both private and collaborative research and development agreements.’
“PepsiCo lead attorney George A. Schieren noted that the resolution should be excluded because it ‘deals with matters related to the company’s ordinary business operations’ and that ‘certain tasks are so fundamental to run a company on a day-to-day basis that they could not be subject to stockholder oversight.’
“Vinnedge said she is appalled by the apathy and insensitivity of both PepsiCo executives and the Obama administration. ‘We’re not talking about what kind of pencils PepsiCo wants to use – we are talking about exploiting the remains of an aborted child for profit,’ she said. ‘Using human embryonic kidney (HEK-293) to produce flavor enhancers for their beverages is a far cry from routine operations.’
“Vinnedge said PepsiCo also requested the resolution be excluded because it ‘probed too deeply into matters of a complex nature upon which shareholders cannot make an informed judgment.’ ‘In other words, PepsiCo thinks its stockholders are too stupid to understand what they are doing with the remains of aborted children,’ she said. ‘Well they are about to find out just how smart the public really is when they turn up the heat on the world-wide boycott’.”
So the battle continues. The moral of the story is this at least: the next time you are craving a cola, avoid Pepsi. And tell others about these ghastly practices. Boycotting their products should also be part of our response. Contacting them and letting them know what you think is another option. You can contact Pepsi at this link and share your concerns
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Maybe some FACT checking is in order!!! Excerpted from http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2011/03/are_aborted_fetus_cells_helpin.php
So what exactly is HEK293? It’s a cell line that started in the 1970s from human embryonic kidney cells. The line was cultured by scientist Alex Van der Eb in the early 1970s at his lab at the University of Leiden, Holland. Since then, the cell line has been cultured and grown in laboratories It’s primary use is as a protein or a protein vessel — sort of a natural test tube. It’s also pretty common and seems to be available at most laboratory supply companies and used by many R&D facilities. In short, maybe not such a big deal.
This is just crazy religious propaganda!!!
“For some time now we have known that the taste of Pepsi is based in part on the use of aborted babies”
Get your head out of your politics and look for some actual facts. no pepsi products have any senomyx derived ingredients in them…this is an early stage research program that has not yet yielded any ingredients. The research uses HEK293 cells, that were derived from an aborted fetus. There is by no means ongoing use of aborted tissue as you imply.
“The cells they’re talking about have “technically” originated from aborted fetus cells, but it’s not like scientists are putting fetus body parts into blenders while laughing.”.
So as long as it is done for “science” using aborted fetus cells in a “serious and scientific” manner does not matter? Actually it does matter. Those Fetus’s..a.k.a. babies, were killed.
How about they take your dead mother, father, brother,. friend, son, daughter, and use their cells for taste receptor research? Would you like that? Would you not care about that? Would you be happy to know that the Pepsi you are drinking tastes so good because your dead relatives cells helped them decide on the flavor ingredients to use? Well, then by all means, you should go tell the government and Senomyx that they can have more cells by striking deals with the hospitals, and senior care centers to deliver those bodies once deceased straight to their door step.
Or, do you think., that might induce greed in those companies to start, perhaps, trying to make sure more people died so that they could sell more bodies?? Never! What a shocking idea!
Never in America would greed shape the way a company advertised, solicits, or lies to the public to increase their profit margin.
I think everyone needs to wake up. If you don’t care about an aborted baby, then don’t care when a close relative of your dies..rather..is scraped out, or stabbed in the head to die. Celebrate it with a Pepsi!
“has not yielded an ingredients” …..yet. At what point in time do you need to stop something. Have enough foresight to see that sometimes you need to say no. Pepsi is not even good for you regardless.
Finally, someone with some background knowledge.
Does the same apply to Pepsi in New Zealand? Surely the NZ government wouldn’t allow stem cells to be used in food products.
“How about they take your dead mother, father, brother, friend, son, daughter, and use their cells for taste receptor research? ”
Pretty much all cell lines used to test any drugs or flavors or products of any kind come from someone’s dead something. Read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” for some layperson friendly info on cell lines.
It’s not like the fetuses (or people) were killed or infected with cancers just to get the cell lines. The fetuses were already as good as gone, the person was already infected (and often undergoes treatment after the cultures are made). If it were my family member, I would be proud that at least something good came from their death.