Whether or not I should be, I am not (yet?) anti-GMO (genetically modified organisms). However, I do recognize a government-industrial propaganda campaign when I see one. And I am also in favor of truth in labeling so that those who do not want to eat GMO have the freedom to not do so.
So this story struck me as bizarre:
The makers of Cheerios and Grape Nuts hope to win over health-conscious consumers by ditching genetically modified ingredients in their cereals. The problem is that Food Navigator read the fine print on the new boxes and found that each has fewer vitamins. With Cheerios, for instance, the cereal went from providing 25% of the daily value of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) to 2%. Or as a professor of crop science puts it, the cereal “went from being a major source of vitamin B2 to being almost zip.”
Grape Nuts, meanwhile, no longer has vitamins A, D, B12, and B2.
I’m sorry but the only people who should be trying to get their vitamins from a breakfast cereal are kids young enough to be awed by the commercials for Total.
Also, the probable reason why the vitamins are missing is going to confirm anti-GMO fears. According to Food Navigator, the vitamins are difficult to get from certifiable non-GMO sources.
For example, beta carotene (which the body converts into Vitamin A), can be manufactured from synthetic or natural sources such as the fungus Blakeslea trispor, said Davis. A fermentation process is usually involved and because beta carotene can degrade over time, it is usually micro-encapsulated with corn starch, modified food starch, or glucose syrup (which can be made from corn), or vitamin E elements (which can be made from soy).
Therefore, she said, “it has proven to be quite difficult to ensure that all the starting materials and additives in micro encapsulated beta carotene are non-GMO.”
As I said, I’m not anti-GMO. But it really worries me that now we have reached the point that no one knows if vitamins come from GMO or non-GMO sources. If this article was supposed to make me feel better about GMO, it has accomplished the opposite effect. What happens if we find some kind of long term problem with GMO food? Will we be able to revert back or will we be stuck?