Next time you’re at the grocery store, your interest might not be in the barcode on the back, but in the ingredients list on the side. As it turns out, some of your favorite cereal products contain GMOs. GMO stands for genetically modified organism, which means that the food you’re eating has been “improved” by science. Lots of stores, such as Whole Foods, are taking great pains to label GMO foods so customers can avoid them. General Mills is going one better and removing GMO ingredients from Cheerios.
“We switched from what we were using to non-GMO corn and non-GMO pure sugar cane,” said General Mills spokesman Mike Siemienas, who added that making this change across the whole of General Mills’ product line would be “difficult, if not impossible.”
Of course, for Cheerios, the only changes needed to be made were in corn supply and where their sugar comes from. Beet sugar can occasionally contain GMO beets, and some of the corn they were using weren’t certified GMO free. All in all, it’s a pretty easy change for General Mills to make and it should yield lots of positive plaudits. Any move is a good one, I’d say.
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