General Mills’ announcement that it will begin making Cheerios free of genetically modified organisms isn’t likely to have a significant impact on Monsanto, but some wonder if General Mills’ decision could signal a troubling trend for Monsanto, the Creve Couer-based agricultural products company.
The loss of GMOs from Cheerios is a “nearly negligible amount” because the cereal’s main ingredient, oats, is already GMO-free. The sourcing of cornstarch and sugar for the cereal will need to change.
The bigger concern is that other food producers might follow suit and that could have serious ramifications for Monsanto. More than 80 percent of U.S. food products have GMOs.