|What's the future hold for Cheerios at Whole Foods?|
(And, no, not everything Whole Foods carries is organic. A rough estimate, derived from shopping several times per week there over the past five years, is that about a quarter of the food Whole Foods sells is organic.)
Back to labeling. Let's examine the possibilities for Cheerios (which I can't believe Whole Foods carries, but that's a post for another day). The costly cereal (save your money, stop buying cereal) is made mostly from oats, but it also contains modified corn starch and sugar.
Since about 90 percent of the corn grown in this country is genetically-engineered (and sprayed with a bounty of pesticides), we have to assume that the modified corn starch in Cheerios is genetically-engineered. In addition, the sugar is almost definitely from genetically-engineered sugar beets (resistant to the glyphosate in Monsanto's Roundup pesticide), from which more than half of our white sugar derives.
So, as I see it, here are the options for General Mills, which owns Cheerios, going forward:
- General Mills labels Cheerios sold just in Whole Foods as genetically-engineered.
- General Mills labels all Cheerios sold everywhere as genetically-engineered.
- General Mills reformulates Cheerios sold just in Whole Foods and stops using genetically-engineered ingredients for a small percentage of its product.
- General Mills stops using genetically-engineered ingredients in all Cheerios sold everywhere.
- General Mills stops selling Cheerios in Whole Foods.