Kellogg is one of the largest buyers of grains in the world, ranging from common crops like corn and wheat to lesser known grains like spelt and amaranth. In addition to crops grown from genetically modified seeds, we are also one of the largest purchasers of organic grains for cereal in the US.
Our reasons for buying all types of crops are based on availability of ingredients and consumer preferences. For example, nearly all corn and much of the sugar beets available in the US comes from GMO crops. We do buy non-GMO crops for our brands that are Non-GMO Project Certified. However the GMO vs. non-GMO is not an issue for other common crops including rice, wheat and oats because there are no GMO versions of these items approved for farmers in the US.
Genetic modification combines desirable traits from different plants or organisms (like resistance to a disease or pest) to produce stronger and more resilient crops.
As a company we are open to using GMO ingredients because there are many studies supported by respected institutions that show that they are safe to eat and offer other benefits for farmers and the planet.
While global grain production is at an all-time high, the truth is that it is not enough to feed the planet’s growing population. According to the United Nations, 1 in 9 people on this planet go hungry. By 2050, the planet’s population is expected to expand to 9.5 billion which will require 70 percent more food to be produced. This is all happening at a time when the amount of land available for agriculture is shrinking. Naturally, some people have real questions about GMOs. And while genetically modified crops aren’t a “silver bullet” they are a key technology because of their improved yields and other qualities, along with measures to combat food waste that can help increase high-quality food production and fight hunger in the coming decades.
GMO crops have been tested for decades to evaluate consumer and environmental safety. Those tests are reviewed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and also the FDA. This includes more than 2,000 studies and reviews conducted for nearly thirty years by independent research groups, academics, and global health and regulatory agencies including the World Health Organization, the European Food Safety Authority, National Academy of Sciences, and the American Medical Association.
GMO crops can maintain and improve yields while often using less water. Some GMO seeds are designed to lessen food waste from bruising and spoilage. Others can protect crops from extreme weather events like droughts.
Socioeconomic Factors and Farmer Expertise
As a global food company, Kellogg is committed to supporting farmers. The Kellogg’s Origins™ sustainable agriculture program and other sustainable agriculture investments currently support 250,000 farmers around the world to increase productivity and resiliency through Climate Smart Agriculture practices that help farmers produce more while using fewer natural resources. In these projects, farmers choose what kind of seeds they would like to grow. Depending on the market, the crop, the seed variety yield, the farmer, and country regulations, they may choose to grow GMO or non-GMO seeds.
In the US, GMO seeds help farmers produce higher yields with more consistent quality while helping to keep food costs down on store shelves. In developing markets, such seeds allow smallholder farmers to grow more food on smaller plots of land while in many cases reducing the use of water required
As one of the world’s largest food companies we make a variety of foods that appeal to different tastes around the world. We support farmers’ choices to grow a variety of crops including GMO, non-GMO and organic. And for consumers, that means providing you information about what is in your food so that you can make informed choices about all of the foods that Kellogg offers.