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General Mills expresses support for agricultural biotechnology despite removing GMOs from Cheerios

| April 24, 2014
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General Mills recently released its 2014 Global Responsibility report in which it affirmed biotechnology as key to addressing feeding a growing population. In January, General Mills announced it would stop sourcing genetically modified corn starch and sugar cane for its original Cheerios, making them non-GMO. The latest report, however, reinforces the companies support in GM crops and their necessity in global agriculture production.

According to the report, one in eight people in the world today – or 870 million people worldwide – do not have enough to eat. By 2040, the world’s population is projected to increase to nearly 9 billion people. “Global experts project that to meet the growing needs of an increasingly hungry world, we will need at least 50% more food, 45 percent more energy, and 30 percent more water,” noted the report.

“Ensuring safe and effective food production, while conserving precious natural resources, is a long-standing commitment for General Mills. We believe biotechnology can help.”

Read the full, original article: General Mills expresses support for GMOs, biotechnology


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