Human taste buds have grown tired of  all the flesh and blood we gorge upon daily. To the tickling taste buds, what could be more savory than a cute little baby, killed in the womb itself. 

Sounds abhorring? Read on. Senomyx is an American biotechnology company working toward developing additives to amplify certain flavors and smells in foods. The company claims to have essentially “reverse engineered” the receptors in humans that react for taste and aroma, and that they are capitalizing on these discoveries to produce chemicals that make food taste better. Senomyx develops patented flavor enhancers by using “proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems.” These receptors have been previously expressed in HEK293 cells.

HEK stands for human embryonic kidney cells. These cells, originally come from a “healthy, electively aborted human fetus.” Using information from the human genome sequence, Senomyx has identified hundreds of taste receptors and currently owns 113 patents on their discoveries. Senomyx collaborates with seven of the world’s largest food companies to further their research and to fund development of their technology. Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Kraft Foods, Cadbury Adams, PepsiCo, Firmenich SA, Nestlé SA, and Solae all collaborate with Senomyx, but do not specify where its additives may be found in their products.

Lowly cucumber has emerged as a culprit in a 'yet another' national scandal. Our repertoire of crises seems to have an endless supply. 

Srila Prabhupada explains: "This should be broken, and this should be done." Then another man comes. He breaks the same thing again. Unless there is control over the mind, it will dictate something new: "Do it like this." There was a Bengali poet. He also sung a song, ek ta nutana kichu koro: "Do something new." This is mind's business. He is not satisfied with the old things. Nutana kichu koro. So that's a very big song. Why change? The whole material world is like that. Ei nutana kichu koro: "Do something new," and be implicated. We are not satisfied with old things. 
But the Vedic civilization is that "Do not try to invent some order. That will create disturbance. Be satisfied. Whatever you have got by nature's way, be satisfied. Don't spoil your time. Save your time for Krsna consciousness." That is Vedic civilization.   (Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.6.4, Vrndavana, November 26, 1976)

Monsanto cucumbers are causing genital baldness and have been banned in Nova Scotia with immediate effect.