What I did:
I read the article in the TIME magazine about Cheerios GMO oats. I felt that this was in line with my T1W1 ILL article about the use of GM foods in our everyday products.
What I learned:
The sudden shift of the whole grain oats used by cheerios from GMO to non-GMO reflects a customer mentality that GM foods are harmful and that they would embrace the change in the type of oat used by cheerios breakfast foods.
The case about GMO, however is bigger than 1 brand. Bills that required companies to label GM foods were introduced in 26 out of 50 US states last year. However, some companies are still labelling it voluntarily for customer peace of mind.
20% of all Americans surveyed by the NPD group say that they are “very” or “extremely” concerned about GMO foods.
History of “Healthy Food Fads”
Early 1990: The push to remove fats from foods still left a lot of calories and unhealthy additives like artificial sweeteners.
Early 2000: The popular Atkins diet said that fat was fine, but carbs weren’t. This caused bread sales to plummet.
Mid 2000: Trans fat is worse than saturated fats
Present: No gluten. Nearly a third of Americans want to cut down on gluten, although only 1 in 133 people have celiac disease (gluten intolerance)