Non-GMO trend driven by emotion over food fads like ‘gluten free’

Ilene Gordon, Fortune 500 CEO of Ingredion, said the non-GMO movement was driven more by consumer sentiment than hard scientific evidence. When asked about the spreading non-GMO trend on stage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in London, Gordon—whose company processes corn, tapioca, and potatoes, and other raw materials—compared it to the gluten-free movement. “I think non-GMO is another example where you might have one or two friends … who are sensitive and who prefer non-GMO. It’s a little bit more of an emotional issue.”

Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers pressed the issue, asking Gordon if she really believed that non-GMO foods are not any better for people than GMO foods. Gordon said, “There’s no science per se one way or another, but we as an ingredient producer, we supply what the consumer wants to eat.”

Gordon touted Ingredion as one of the few companies in the United States that has access to non-GMO corn. “One of my facilities in Indianapolis is 100% non-GMO corn, and so we’ve been producing ingredients there for years to supply the European market. [That] demand is really growing in the U.S., so we’re very busy in Indianapolis supplying those ingredients.”

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Fortune 500 CEO: The non-GMO trend is an ’emotional’ issue

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