By Citizens for Safe Food and Feed

Farm Wars

By now you’ve heard how President Obama and his Monsanto Administration have plowed through approvals of three more genetically engineered products, including GE alfalfa.  Well, here’s something else you should know:

To produce its Round-Up Ready Alfalfa seeds, Monsanto partnered with a company called Forage Genetics International, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes dairy co-op. That’s right, Land O’Lakes stands to make a fortune from polluting our food supply with untested and unlabeled GMOs. 

To protest, you could sign one of the many petitions going around that will likely just be ignored.  But there’s another way to show your disapproval of genetically engineered Round-Up Ready Alfalfa:  Boycott all Land O’Lakes products — its butter, cheese, eggs, speads, margarine, seasonings, creams, cocoa and cappuccino mixes, sour cream and milk.  All of them.

You have the power to economically punish Land O’Lakes — the owner of Forage Genetics, Monsanto’s partner in crime — for its role in polluting the food chain with untested and unlabeled GMOs, increasing the use of toxic glyphosate herbicide, and potentially destroying the organic beef and dairy feed market by loudly refusing to support Land O’Lakes with your dollars.

Tell all your friends to go to all the supermarkets in their area and let the check-out clerks know that they’re boycotting Land O’Lakes products until they are out of the GMO business, loud enough for other shoppers to hear.  And next, stop by the store manager’s desk and tell him about the boycott.

Send Land O’Lakes and other companies a clear message:  HAY you — We’re FED UP with GMOs in our food supply!

And to make sure Land O’Lakes knows why its sales are down, contact its president and CEO Chris Policinski and let him know you won’t be buying Land O’Lakes products anymore because you don’t want genetically engineered food or animal feed:

Chris Policinski
President and CEO
Land O’Lakes
4001 Lexington Avenue
Arden Hills, MN 55126-2998
651/481-2222

Spread the word…

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79 Responses to “Hay Now — It’s Boycott Time: Land O’Lakes, This Means You!”

  1. instylemom says:

    I have written LOL regarding their involvement with Monsanto. In no way should a dairy company be involved with GMO’s. I told them to get with it and jump on the healthy bandwagon of whole natural foods. Hee Hee

  2. Lets get rid of Monsanto crap bit by git

  3. Johnnie Perdue says:

    Thanks for sharing and I have sent the message far and wide! I am not having it in my home! I have officially joined!!!

  4. Alicia,

    Posted your article to Facebook.

  5. Alicia says:

    I wrote an article citing you and asking my readers to join the boycott today. Thanks for the heads up.
    http://www.examiner.com/green-.....ed-company

  6. Bob Guy says:

    Just wait to we start pulling their food-service and airline contracts..

  7. Barbara Flaherty says:

    I will not be purchasing Land of Lakes products until I hear they have stopped their complicity with polluting the food chain. Our children matter.

  8. OK So you gotta check this out. So I called Land O Lakes of course it is the weekend and I got a recording that said.. Office hours Mon through Fri if you have or need urgent assistance due to emergency medical due to Land O lakes product call ########## or if you need to reach one of the guards at either of the buildings dial ##########.. SO why a disclaimer for emergency medical to begin with, and they obviously have guards which most companies do, but what are they guarding? Vats of Butter?

  9. Dane says:

    Don’t forget Purina animal feeds, they are made by Land o Lakes also.

  10. Mr. Ig says:

    L O L … I ain’t laughing, neither.

  11. Jense says:

    I haven’t purchased dairy products from any big-agri/dairy suppliers in 15 years. Doing just fine without them … and plenty of small, local – fresh, organic and raw – sources available. Everyone should take a look around their area … you’ll be surprised at the bounty. We sure don’t need Land O’Lakes and it’s a good time to let them know!

  12. Deb Taft says:

    There is a growing number of people hijacking LOL’s Facebook page. Not sure that it’s doing any good, though it may be raising some awareness with people who go to the page innocently to chat about butter and baking. It is, however, a really good way to let off some steam… that is, of course, after you’ve written letters and emails to LOL. Join us there!

  13. cathy curry says:

    it’s been years since I’ve used LOL butter just because I prefer challenge, darigold and tillimook :)

  14. nancy says:

    You are better off NOT consuming non-organic butter anyway (and other fats) as the toxins in an animal end up in the fat!

    I NEVER buy LOL …only buy WF 365 brand organic butter for cooking and raw butter from a farm for consuming raw.

  15. Will says:

    I’ll never buy LandOLakes ever again!

  16. Ed Marx says:

    For the sake of money Land-o-Lakes is selling out the health of all of us, but more especially that of our children. Shame on them! I’ll be joining the boycott And I will urge all my friends to do the same.

  17. There is a power greater than Con-gress or any Evil Corporation and that is the purchasing power of the consumer. The corporations can shove their swill down our throats, but we don’t have to swallow it.

    Their GMO garbage won’t rot on the shelves, so they can recycle it in another decade or two to more unsavy consumers, if they’re still around. I’d like to see them bite the dust!

    It’s not easy, heck, you can’t even buy any jar of mayonnaise without GMO soy in it, it’s in everything. But if we don’t reject ALL GMO products now, soon there will be nothing BUT GMO.

    Real people need real food……help your doubting friends understand.

    Toni
    http://www.natural-health-home.....m/gmo.html

  18. Michael says:

    Thanks Barbara! You sound like a lawyer! I learned something. Thanks to the rest of you also for your comments. There seems to be a good “collective consciousness” in this country to quote someone in Cairo. Hopefully Prs. Obama will give this five minutes of his time. I realize it’s not as important as gay marriage, but he could at least utter a few words on the topic. I called LOL and told them about the boycott. Hopefully they will start feeling it before RRA goes in the ground. They are a good company, but obviously gone astray. We must be clear about our purpose which is to stop Roundup Ready Alfalfa and stop LOL from selling us products generated by rbGH or any other synthetic hormones which put the animals in pain and extend lactation artificially. I’ve just completed a piece called: GMO Bullet Points: “Genocide in the Food Industry”, 53 reasons not to plant, nor to consume genetically modified “food”. You may be able to Google the title and find it, but I don’t have permission yet from the Mercola site to reprint some of their material, so it’s not on a site. However, I have found it with Google, but maybe it’s finding it in my computer. Good luck to all of us!

  19. Robert Walton says:

    Here is the response I got from the corporate website:
    “As a nation, we authorize and depend upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review all genetically modified foods. They have sound scientific methods and standards in place to assure that food products with genetically enhanced traits are safe.

    The majority of the food manufactured in the U.S. does not differentiate between GMO and non-GMO components. At this time, Land O’Lakes, Inc. follows that practice.

    Land O’Lakes. Inc. believes the environment has been increasingly better served by advances in technology. For this reason, we continue to support new technologies. We also believe that new technologies need to be thoroughly studied and evaluated. Their use must be weighed against current practices to determine the net benefit to the environment and consumers without negative consequences. It is our goal to supply consumers with the finest quality products.”

    Boycott, Boycott, Boycott

  20. Jerry Moriarty NH. says:

    Human Butter Rules!

  21. Rita says:

    I did make my phone call. They did note it.

  22. Valerie says:

    I’ve been mostly buying Organic &/or local for a long time. I am disappointed to hear this sad truth about LOL! Must tell my gourmet friends! Boycott is necessary but not sufficient. Do Environmental Working Group, Center for Science in the Public Interest and organicconsumers.org know?

  23. Jerry Moriarty NH. says:

    Our family will only eat butter from human breast milk.We aren’t supposed to be eating bovine products anyway.

  24. farmasyst says:

    In Wisconsin (and neighboring states), Kwik Trip Convenience stores have the best butter and the most reasonably priced!They make their own near LaCrosse, WI and they do not use BGH milk. Also, if you live near a cheese store, you can buy butter in 1 lb blocks.

  25. jo says:

    I always purchase ORGANIC when possible.
    Sorry to hear this.
    Not surprised.
    Is anybody making organic TP yet???

  26. Hi Michael,

    As far as I know, it’s “fair use” on the logo.

    “Fair use, a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work, is a doctrine in United States copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders. Examples of fair use include commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship. It provides for the legal, non-licensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author’s work under a four-factor balancing test. The term fair use originated in the United States. A similar principle, fair dealing, exists in some other common law jurisdictions. Civil law jurisdictions have other limitations and exceptions to copyright.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

  27. Robert Walton says:

    Better yet go to the corporate website and send a message, label it “executive complaint”

    http://www.landolakesinc.com/u.....fault.aspx

  28. Michael Jansen Jr. says:

    I’m a little concerned about the legality of using the LOL logo, but I’m sure you’ve probably checked that out. I’m going to get this to LOL as soon as I can find an email address as their web site seems to be malfunctioning.

    It was my sweet elderly mother who found the goods on LOL and pointed it out to me. It was a tiny little article hidden in the Pioneer Press. Hopefully we can get them to withdraw the technology.

    Glad to see the feedback!

    Best, Michael : )

  29. Mr Sinclair says:

    I recently went to purchase some butter for my mother. Checked the land o’ GMO’s label and sure enough they include “natural flavors” whatever those actually are. Kate’s Butter mentioned above did not have these added toxins.

  30. JoeDonner says:

    Why throw out your land o lakes products? Haul it back to the store and demand a refund!

    I never get why people just toss the products. You are displeased, drag it back!

    They do the same thing with recalls, don’t follow what they say about throwing it. Haul it back and make it their problem!

  31. T. Marc says:

    Too Bad they sold out..Land o’Lakes is now on the ‘DO NOT BUY’ List

  32. OK, I can through this out and not buy any more. But what do I use instead?

  33. Jerry Moriarty NH. says:

    It’s the end of the world anyway.

  34. Jacalyn Lorenz says:

    I checked out the Land O’Lakes website and they also own Purina Livestock Feeds. Sent them a copy of this article and hope to pass it on.
    It’s past time to start our gardens and seek out locally produced foods.
    Dairy goats are great for fresh milk, they don’t require lots of space and eat weeds. Two goats can provide over a gallon of milk a day, and fertilizer for your garden.

  35. Lynn D. says:

    No more Land O Lakes for me and my family!

  36. Myron Wheeler says:

    Ask your grocer for “Challenge” butter

  37. karen pike says:

    these people have no honor. for safety & nourishment i eat ORGANIC VALLEY …….

  38. Grace Garrity says:

    i will print flyers and hand them out to people, put flyers on cars and in mailboxes… I will fight back!!!!

  39. Kultamine says:

    I called and got to Consumer Affairs. When asked about policy on GMO’s and BGH, the woman replied that they do not require their farmers to sign any pledge regarding use of either of them, that it might or might not contain these compounds. It can be assumed that all Land ‘o Fakes products are “contaminated”. I won’t buy their products until they change this policy as i informed their representative politely who politely said she would pass it on.

    Boycott is the only influence, and a good one. Please join!

  40. Patricia Norton says:

    I will pass the word not to purchase Land o Lakes products.
    My Mom has been guying these products for as long as I can remember!! Why do people put money over our personal health and well-being?? This will cost us more in long run with diminished health and bad Karma for knowingly polluting the food which humanity ingests for the sake of the Mighty Dollar!!

  41. Elsie Bee says:

    I stopped buying land o lakes butter years ago when I called them to inquire why their products contained BGH. Their reply was that I was scientifically uninformed and that BGH was a great thing for the dairy industry! Avoid their Toxi-butter!!! BGH & GMO poisons in your food.

  42. George McRae says:

    none for us in our household.

  43. Frank says:

    Bye bye LoL. Sorry. I did like their products.

  44. peter says:

    If you live on the east coast check out “Kate’s Butter”
    which is made in Maine. NO GMO ingredients guaranteed
    and it is made using sea salt..

    Selah
    Quinny

  45. who wants to know says:

    why even need to boycott it. it taste like shit and isn’t real and should not be consumed by any informed human

  46. Pam Kimsey says:

    I shared this. I’m with the boycott…NO GMO’s. I don’t want them on the table feeding my family. No chemicals. Thanks for the info.

  47. WillieG51 says:

    I used to like LOL’s products but of late I have found some of their things “lacking”. Guess this article explains why. . I’ll not be buying any more of their products as long as they are dealing with Monsanto

  48. Dominic D'Alesandro says:

    Unless I here of Land O lakes breaking up their partnership with Monsanto, I will not be purchasing any more of their products.

  49. Doug Girard says:

    ‘Land O’ Polluted and Compromised Lakes’ is seemingly just another company whose immediate profits are more important than the future of the planet. Another short-sighted outfit whose motto comes straight from an old Woody Allen film, “Take the Money and Run.” While that was a comedy, this GMO debacle is not funny at all.

  50. Eric-Gunther:Oberhauser says:

    The two pounds of butter [LAND-O-LAKES] that was in my refrigerator has been thrown out and will be replaced today with local Mennonite butter . Thanks for the information.