Finding Joy on a Cheerios Box

Cheerios Box

If you’re one of the nine in ten Americans who favor labeling of genetically modified foods, you’ll understand my surprise and delight this morning when I poured a bowl of Cheerios.

Right there on the side label in bold type were these lovely words:

GMO-free Cheerios

I did a little research to find out what prompted this popular breakfast cereal to put the GMO-free label on its package, and learned that activist groups pressured Cheerios to stop using GMO ingredients because it’s a cereal often given to toddlers as snacks.

Other good news on the GMO front: Whole Foods will require all of its suppliers to label all products that contain genetically-modified ingredients by 2018.

These are baby steps, to be sure, but the news gives us all something to smile about on a Friday morning.

Smile about Cheerios GMO free

How about you? Are you in favor of mandatory labeling of GMO foods? Would you like to see more brands like Cheerios follow suit with voluntary labeling? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this much-debated topic.

Enjoy the weekend!

Hugs,

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of seven books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

5 comments to Finding Joy on a Cheerios Box

  • There’s always something to watch out for. Once this gets sorted out, we’ll move onto the next thing! This is a good change, though.
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    • You’re right! :-) This battle has been particularly hard, though. I’m glad to see that we’re moving toward more transparency about our food so we can make informed decisions about what we eat.

  • Well… my thoughts on the whole GMO thing is that the creators of these “products” (like Monsanto) want to have it both ways.

    In terms of the seeds, they have their patents, and they are busy suing any farmer who happens to be unfortunate enough to have their land contaminated with these GMO crops… because, of course, that’s “patent infringement”. BUT when it comes to food, their claim is that these products are not “substantially different” from the non-GMO varieties, so they don’t warrant a separate label.

    How can the same seed be considered “different enough” from the unaltered variety to warrant a lawsuit if it’s used for planting, but “not different enough” to be labeled when it’s used for food?!? I just can’t figure out how our legal system is letting them get away with this stuff!

    IMHO, (which, one could argue, isn’t terrible humble) these “foods” should be considered qualitatively different from the non-GMO varieties and should be labeled as such. I don’t think we need some big thing that says “Contains GMO ingredients,” rather, I think that the ingredient list should say “GMO corn” instead of just “corn”.

    Actually… I’d like more information than just GMO, because I’m less concerned about the fact that the modification was made by using genetics than I am about the specific things done to the plant. In other words, if my corn has been genetically engineered to be a more drought tolerant plant, I think I’m fine with that. BUT if it’s been altered to have a pesticide implanted in its DNA (like BT Corn) then I sure as sh!t want to know about it!

    Anyhow… that’s my 2 cents!
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  • I agree with you 100%, ECL, and I really like your idea about identifying the genetic modification. Because you’re right – they’re not all necessarily bad. I also think your suggestion about simply identifying the GMO food in the ingredients list is very sane and sensible. I wonder if “GMO free” will be the next big thing in a few years?

  • This is great, in my humble opinion, GMOs are no good for anyone and if more big brands followed suit, it would be amazing!
    Domi x

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