"Talking Dirty News" - Queen of Green, Barbara Loraine


General Mills offers Non-GMO Cheerios

by Barbara Loraine

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I think it’s very, very good that Cheerios are now Non-GMO and that other food-producing companies will probably follow their lead.  But, I feel like Little Tim with Scrooge.  Scrooge doesn’t want to admit he’s turned into a good guy, but Tim knows better, and giggles with glee.  I’m giggling.  

I’d like to praise General Mills for giving the public what it wants – Non-GMO food products, but they make it tough to do so.  They don’t want to admit that there are problems with GMOs, so instead of saying to their customers, “You asked for Non-GMOs, so we made ‘em for you,” they soft-pedaled and said, “Why change anything at all? It’s simple. We did it because we think consumers may embrace it.”

Well, General Mills, I’m going to take my hat off to you anyhow.  I’m thrilled with your decision and, hey, I might even get back to eating Cheerios again.  Nobody likes to be told what to do, especially not major corporations.  The bottom line is, you did make an important change – and people who care are thrilled.

60506937What’s all the fuss about GMOs?
According to the Non-GMO Project, “GMOs, or ‘genetically modified organisms,’ are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals.  A growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.”

Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.