26 September 2011

Bob's Red Mill founders' donation could fund animal testing

UPDATE 9/27: Follow-up to Bob’s Red Mill $25M donation to OHSU

Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods has been providing everyone—especially vegans and vegetarians a healthy and cruelty-free line of grains, mixes, cereals, and gluten-free options since Bob and Charlee Moore founded the company in 1978.

As a vegan, I’ve relied on simple products like their baking soda, which I cannot purchase in bulk from Whole Foods since their baking soda is actually Arm & Hammer, which is not cruelty-free. This is just the beginning of my frustration.

It was brought to my attention last week via The Informed Vegan that this seemingly conscientious company is donating $25 million to the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), a school notorious for their extensive animal testing laboratories.

OHSU is unable to confirm what the $25 million will go toward—being animal testing or not. Regardless, to me, it’s irresponsible to support an institution that experiments on primates in the name of “health research.”

The donation is to fund the establishment of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU. This Institute aims to “halt the rampant health problems caused by unhealthy eating and inadequate nutrition through cutting-edge research and community outreach.”

I know that I do not want my money—that was spent consciously in support of a company that is cruelty-free in their practices and the goods that they offer—to be given to an institution that supports animal cruelty.

If you agree, express your disappointment (or outrage) to Bob’s Red Mill either through their website or Twitter @Bobs_Red_Mill. You can also contact OHSU.

Editor's Note: Please note, the donation was given to OHSU by Bob's Red Mill founders, Bob and Charlee Moore. In 2010 Bob Moore transferred his business to the employees.

Kelly Beth | @veganbotanicals
Kelly Beth is a smiley vegan herbalist and wanderer, and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with her fiancé and kitty (kitty face). She created twig & leaf botanicals, a vegan & organic herbal apothecary 3 years ago to bring healthy, plant-based alternatives to mainstream medicine and home care. Follow Kelly Beth on her blog and Facebook.

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