It’s People! Pepsi Is Made Out Of People!

UPDATE: Ok… apparently K.Lo was wrong (and thus me to a much much lesser extent because I mostly went for the cheap laugh) …. here’s the link to a report on the science between this and the link Mr. Bishop’s comment to her original post. All that being said… I love the Soylent Green title and Pepsi still sucks ass so I’m keeping it. :-)

Ok… not quite… but I find this a bit potentially (not at all?) troubling in any case.

A pro-life group that monitors the use of cells from babies victimized by abortions is today highlighting a biotech company, Senomyx, which it says produces artificial flavor enhancers using aborted fetal cell lines to test their products.

The group Children of God for Life is calling for a public boycott of major food companies partnering with Senomyx.

Debi Vinnedge, the director of the pro-life organization, tells today that, in 2010, her group wrote to Senomyx CEO Kent Snyder and pointed out that moral options for testing their food additives could and should be used. But when Senomyx ignored her letter, the group wrote to the companies Senomyx listed on their website as “collaborators” warning them of public backlash and threatened boycott. They included food giants PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Campbell Soup, Solae and Nestlé. (See update below.)

“The company’s key flavor programs focus on the discovery and development of savory, sweet and salt flavor ingredients that are intended to allow for the reduction of MSG, sugar and salt in food and beverage products,” the Senomyx web site says. “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.”

UPDATE: Campbell’s severed its ties with Senomyx.

I guess aborted fetus gives food that salty tang consumers want in the sodas and chocolate. Excuse me garcon… I’ll be having a Coke and a Hershey Bar with my soup please.

Pepsi has always sucked anyway… just another reason to go with the company that offers the real thing — Guinness.

h/t: Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Corner

UPDATE: party poopers have now forced me to go full Hartman…

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15 comments to It’s People! Pepsi Is Made Out Of People!

  • Tracy, txmom2many

    I can’t even begin to think how they figured out that fetus tastes good could be used for “flavor enhancement”. Did one accidentally drop into a Pepsi? What the crap people….

    • Kit

      Apparently they weren’t adding them to the Pepsi for taste, they were using the cells to test the flavor-enhancing products.

      So the Pepsi does not actually have fetal cells in it (but it still tastes like cr@p).

  • A large percentage of scientists are atheists. Once you devalue Deity, then it’s an easy step to devaluing life. After all, Once they take Deity from the equation, they then proceed to fill that void with their own selves.

    These are the same sorts of folks that gave of Eugenics, and all the resultant horrors which followed.

  • Mighty Skip

    Oh sheesh. I’m busy at work today but I’ll try to get back to explaning why this is a bit of nonesense.

    • Don’t ruin my post title Skip. Never let science ruin a good homage to a great movie…. Nay… a film. I know there’s no humans in Pepsi of course… but where’s the fun in that? :-)

  • -fritz-

    No comment…I’m drinking my Diet Coke, and mad at Nestle anyway for taking most of the sugar out of Quik and totally ruining the best choc. milk mix there is! Pissants!

  • Dr.Schplatt

    I’m sitting here trying to figure out exactly what it is they’re doing. So, are they using actual bio-material from unborn children as some sort of ingredient or are they using bio-material from unborn children as some sort of testing subject?

    I’m not exactly ready to jump on the whole hate on companies bandwagon until I understand a bit more of what is happening. Although a boycott of Pepsi wouldn’t bother me, I don’t really care for it anyway.

    • Dr.Schplatt

      Oh, nevermind. I re-read the article after having my coffee and now I understand.

      I thought there was federal laws regarding the use of any bio-material from aborted babies? Am I wrong there?

      I do agree with the complaint that they should have found a different source for their bio-material. Perhaps from children who weren’t murdered.

  • Liz

    So if I’m understanding this correctly, they use these isolated human taste receptors as taste testers to determine what ingredients interact best with these receptors. While turning discarded fetal material into something useful seems like way to ‘turn trash into treasure’, Senomyx has now chosen to link their company’s fate to the source of these receptors – abortions. So does the company lobby on behalf of the procedure or monetarily support providers like Planned Parenthood? Is there an alternative way to procure these cells, or would the manufacture of these cells be just as troubling? Can they create more taste receptors from a source, or do they have to continue procuring more cells from abortions?

    I’m not sure which of these options(if these are the only options) would make it OK or not OK, but this sure does open up a lot of interesting possibilities. Are we OK with any productive use of fetal cells if they’re already available, or does it only become ghoulish tinkering when the company manufactures them from donated fertilized eggs/creating embryos in a lab? Does the purpose of using these cells matter – does it have to be for something deemed “good”, like curing Parkinson’s, or is any positive use OK, even if it’s just to be sure you have a yummy product? And are they paying for these cells, which in turn may effect the source’s advocacy for the procedure, such as, say, strongly counseling patients to abort knowing that you can sell what is aborted?

    I’m probably over thinking this, but the way it is reported in the linked article just doesn’t sit well.

    • Liz

      OK – Clarification from a Mr. Bishop’s comment in Klo’s NRO post:

      “The HEK cell line is a 30 year-old cell line that was originally created from a single aborted baby in the early 1970s. Cell lines with origins in abortion are used often in biological research (WI-38 and MRC-5), and are used in the development of the vaccines for MMR (WI-38 & MRC-5), chicken pox (WI-38 & MRC-5), polio (MRC-5), rabies (MRC-5), and Hepatitis A (MRC-5). None of the three fetuses from which these three cell lines came were aborted for the purpose of obtaining their cells.”

      Not quite as controversial as it appeared to be.

  • Mighty Skip

    Although my intention is neither to deny Floyd an excellent movie reference, nor am I attempting to persuade anyone’s opinion on fetal stem cell use. Is the use of fetal stem cells from an abortion to develop/research proteins which are then synthesized artificially wrong? I do not have the answer. Thanks for the updating of the post.

    I just found the tone of the article misleading as it gives the impression Senomyx was sticking a needle in an aborted fetus, sucking out tissue and putting it food. First off, it is illegal to use human tissue in products to be used by humans. Some issues aside with placenta and foreskin material which are rumored to be in some cosmetics. These materials contain a lot of stem cells, along with fat, and that the rapid cell replication of stem cells is somehow supposed to be magically imbued in your skin to regenerate it to its youthful glow.

    Okay, what about the science? Why not, as the article suggests chose “animal, insect, or other morally obtained human cells expressing the G protein for taste receptors”? Well besides the advantages set forth by Mr. Bishop’s comment, there is the importance of accurate modifications of your genetic material and proteins in your cells.

    I think everyone understands the basic biology, DNA makes RNA makes Protein. As you might imagine, it is far more complex than this basic road map. Without trying to get into too many details, there are mechanisms in the cell that modify RNA (post-transcriptional translation) and Proteins (folding, chemical modifications) in specific ways that control your biological processes. So, when you are looking at proteins for study, although you could for instance use rabbit cells, the modifications might not be correct for humans.

    If you want a protein to look/act the way it’s supposed to in a human body, you need human cells to process it. Otherwise, that sweet enhancing protein you think you are making might end up making everything taste like spinach. The biochemistry is not well understood at this time and it has only been very recently that the scientific community has begun to realize the importance of modifications and taken a harder look at it.

  • Kit


    • Raoul Ortega

      “Soylent Cow Pies”

      For some reason the story “The Big Pat Boom” by Damon Knight comes to mind. (It’s a story about post-digestive “tulip mania”.)

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