Coke or Pepsi? An Age-Old Question Takes a Serious Turn

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/31/2011

Pepsi logoMartinsburg, WV – I don’t drink much soda-pop since I don’t drink caffeine. Though on occasion I will splurge and have something. I have my favorites, as I am sure you do as well. One of the age-old battles, much like Ford vs. Chevy and Apple vs. Microsoft is Coke vs. Pepsi. And, up to now it has simply been a matter of preference. But the question is more serious since it has been revealed that Pepsi is using aborted baby tissue in their flavor research! Nope, that’s not a typo, Pepsi has partnered with a company that uses tissue from aborted baby’s to research flavors. recently brought to light that “biotech company Senomyx was found to be testing their food additives using fetal cells from abortions.”

The company offers the following explanation of their research practices on their website:

“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. 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.”

But Debi Vinnedge of the pro-life group Children of God for Life says there’s more to the story. Vinnedge told that other options exist for research.

“There are many options PepsiCo could be using instead of aborted fetal cells, including animal, insect, or other morally obtained human cells. The revelation—a potential public relations nightmare—motivated Campbell Soup to sever all relations with Senomyx. However, PepsiCo continues their business relationship despite the abortion connection. Their response earlier this year drew public ire when they wrote that ‘our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers.’”

Evidently PepsiCo doesn’t consider using the tissue of aborted baby’s as a problem to be concerned with. But many pro-life groups, as well as individuals disagree; just ask Campbell’s Soup.

There seems to be a sort of callous disregard for the fact that these are murdered baby’s they are using in their research. These are not organs donated for science or other morally appropriate options. These are children that been killed through abortion.

A large list or pro-life groups are calling for a boycott of PepsiCo and their products – much like they did to Campbell’s Soup Company – until they sever ties with Senomyx and choose other, morally appropriate options for research. We have seen in the past that boycotts, especially during a down economy, are effective: examples like Ford, McDonald’s and Wal-Mart of just a few that come to mind.

The following groups have joined the boycott of Pepsi.

Children of God for Life, American Life League, Life Issues Institute, Concerned Women for America, Colorado Right to Life, American Right to Life, Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, ALL Arizona, Central Nebraskans for Life, Pro-Life Waco, Houston Coalition for Life, Mother and Unborn Baby Fox Valley, Womankind, Billboards for Life, Movement for a Better America, Defenders of the Unborn, Focus Pregnancy Help Center, Idaho Chooses Life, EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers of NY, Four Seasons for Life, CREDO,  Life Choices, STOPP Dallas, CA Right To Life, Human Life Alliance, International Right to Life Federation, Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. has joined the boycott call as well.

I don’t drink much soda-pop, but one thing is for sure, I won’t be drinking PepsiCo products anytime soon.

If you would like to let your voice be heard on these issues consider contacting the companies.

Jamie Caulfield, Sr. VP
PepsiCo, Inc.
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
(914) 253-2000
Email form:

Edmund M. Carpenter, Chair, Corporate Development
Campbell Soup
1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ 08103-1701
Email form:

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

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