The source of the sicknesses has not yet been determined but the media has stopped mentioning the fact that Soylent products are made with genetically modified ingredients, such as bioengineered algae, soy protein and lecithin, and canola oil, among others.
In fact, Soylent has promoted its products, which include a drink, coffee substitute, powder drink, and the food bar, as “Proudly Made with GMOs.” A blog on the company’s website claims that GMOs are safe, environmentally sustainable, and will help feed the world.
Now Soylent has recalled its GMO-laden bars, issuing a statement: “We take these complaints extremely seriously as we have no greater priority than the quality and safety of our products. After hearing from our customers, we immediately began investigating the cause of the issue and whether it was linked to a problem with the Bars. So far we have not yet identified one and this issue does not appear to affect our other drinks and powder.”
Brian Merchant, a reporter for Motherboard, described his experience trying to live on Soylent for a month.
“It was my second day on Soylent and my stomach felt like a coil of knotty old rope. I wasn’t hungry, but something was off. I was tired, light-headed, low-energy, but my heart was racing,” Merchant wrote.
The taste of Soylent products has been described as “wet cardboard,” “the aftertaste of Cheerios cereal,” and “not food.”
An article in the New Yorker said that Soylent aims to “take us back to the days of astronaut ice cream” when more and more people want simple and real foods.
(Sources: GM Watch, Consumer Affairs, New Yorker)