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David C.

It is well known that transgenic ingredients have a negative impact in the environment because it stops natural pollination and natural reproduction of corn, rice and other plants. Do you use transgenic ingredients to prepare your cereals?

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Transgenic, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), take desirable traits from one plant and copy them in another. Like non-genetically modified plants, plants with modified seeds can grow into mature, flowering plants that produce pollen and seeds. Environmental reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the past 18 years have not shown a negative environmental impact from the use of genetically modified (GM) plants.

We know some people are looking for non-GM options, and, outside of corn, the majority of U.S. grains used in cereal breakfasts come from non-GM seeds. Rice and wheat are good examples. But, because the U.S. supply of some crops come from GM seeds, a few of the ingredients used in our cereals (corn, soy and sugar obtained from sugar beets) are genetically modified. However, in the U.S., we offer Non-GMO Project Verified products through our Kashi® brand. In the future, we will continue to monitor peoples’ preferences on this subject.