In a macabre twist, a month ago, arising from pressures being mounted on Pepsi concerning its partnership with a company called Senomyx ... a name many may not have heard of until recently, Pepsi admits that it actually paid royalties to Senomyx which uses HEK-293 (Human Embryonic kidney cells) for research to produce flavor enhancers. Pepsi has advised that this company should no more use aborted fetal cells for research related to its ingredients ... and use alternative reagents instead.
Senomyx still has other partnerships with Kraft foods , Nestle and perhaps many others. The second-largest beverage company in the world had contracted in a $30 million deal in August 2010 now gone sour because of the uproar generated by pro-life groups
Many are concerned of need to know more about what we consume and questions still remain unanswered. Consuming human flesh indirectly - cannibalism, may have taken urban forms as Pepsi absolutely insists HEK is not part of its ingredients, although it admits to its usage for secret research related to its flavors. What is the commercial value of embryos and the value chain for extracting these cells? Who is paid how much? How are these cells being used for other food companies ? Are there enough disclosures related to what we buy as processed foods.
Vinnedge who led the boycott of Pepsi noted that the company had recognized it was a highly sensitive and controversial subject not in the best interests of PepsiCo and is strongly encouraging the public to take one more important step: to write to PepsiCo and thank them — and then go buy your favorite Pepsi products to celebrate. I am not as optimistic. It does not appear Pepsi recognises any wrong-doing, but only sees a sensitivity that will only need to be better managed by the adequately funded lobby machinery ... only to relaunch in a more aggressive posture in the near future.
No doubt, Pepsi is not alone, and it reserves the right to guard its trade secrets ... but should there be more consequence apart from this little pat in the back? Many decades ago, scientists discovered that fetal cells could replicate themselves almost indefinitely, unlike adult human cells. The three types of cells cultured from those fetal tissues - known to scientists as HEK293, WI-38 and MRC-5 - have revolutionized the prevention and treatment of human disease and are used to create vaccines we inoculate our children with to prevent rubella, mumps, measles, chicken pox, polio, rabies and hepatitis. Many presented the case for this new frontier as beneficial for strictly medical breakthroughs ... now we uncover $30m deals to enhance flavor for soft drinks.
It may be true that in the past, the fetal tissues came from long dead embryos, but in future can wombs possibly become factories for other purposes apart from raising a family. As more benefits are discovered and the market value of embryos increase how will trade be regulated ...Are we not diving into dangerous rapids here ...
At the heart of this battle is the unborn unprotected child. Is it justifiable to slay a perhaps deformed or unhealthy embryo to save millions through medical research and provide a better taste for Pepsi? Today no form of fetal cell research is prohibited by law...and some politicians will tell us this is another freedom or pillar of scientific progress that should be protected.
Lev 26:15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: 16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. ...Lev 26:29 And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.
How long will we continue to despise God's statutes and abhor His judgments ? Indeed, as there are alternative reagents ... must we begin to farm and explore the value of dead embryos in this unethical and shameless manner? How long before we discover that many urban dwellers have unknowingly been consuming human cells of the unborn... for longevity medicines, experimental drugs, power tonics, fertility elixirs and eventually refreshments. And this - not in the witches brew in a dark cave ... but at the pub or the nearby pharmacy or supermarket .
Indeed, have politicians disclosed everything about this new research frontier? What are the other unmentioned possibilities?