Monday, December 3, 2012

Cheerios Removes App During Fury of Anti-GMO Backlash

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Cheerios just faced a humiliating public relations failure thanks to the undiscriminating nature of free speech through social media.

Just a few days ago, Cheerios (General Mills) released an app on Facebook asking 'fans' to gratefully show what Cheerios means to them. Users could write their own sentiments by placing Cheerios' iconic black font over a yellow template, complete with little cheerios for periods and dots.

The app was yanked after only one day when their Facebook page (and photo album associated with the app) was flooded with a torrent of anti-GMO messages from angry consumers.


You could literally spend all day looking at 'Recent Posts by Others' on Cheerios' Facebook page - they are nearly all complaints about GMOs and declarations of boycotts.


Cheerios' Facebook admins were hard pressed to keep up with the angry pics in plain view for everyone. They deleted most of them, but some screen shots still exist on Cheeseslave and here. Other Pins included "Cancerous", "Science Experiment", "Cheerigmos", "Colony Collapse Disorder", "We are not guinea pigs" and more...




It doesn't appear they even tried to delete anti-GMO comments in the 'Recent Posts by Others' section because they are still flooding in at this moment. Feel free to go there and leave your comments on their wall.

And why wouldn't customers be upset after the questionable defeat of Proposition 37 to label GMOs and the millions spent by corporations to snuff consumer desire to know what's in their food?

According to Ballot Pedia, General Mills donated $1,135,300 for No on Proposition 37 in order to keep their products from having to bear GMO labeling. So even if they were to remove GMOs and promote an organic line, it would not appease former customers. General Mills has drawn their line in the sand, spent over a million to deceive paying customers, and is now trying to hide the backlash from other customers who do not yet know the damaging nature of genetic modification.

It just goes to show that the fight for truth about GMOs in the face of deception by Monsanto, DuPont, and large food corporations is far from over. And consumers are winning without needing millions for a failed hushmoney campaign. Unswayed, we are taking information into our hands, like the people who took to labeling grocery products themselves with anti-GMO stickers that you can print off here.

Perhaps consumers are also angry about the deceptive marketing of 'whole grains', added synthetic vitamins that our bodies don't recognize, other toxic ingredients and fillers like wood pulp?

Regardless of that or the presence of GMOs, Sayer Ji at GreenmedInfo has fervently written on the dangers of wheat and other grains in our diet, most recently about mycotoxins (fungus) that our industrial food complex allows to incubate in large storage facilities and causes major hormone disruption.

To avoid spending money on corporations that spend millions to promote GMOs, maybe it would be better to take a look at breakfast meals around the world.

Thanks to real food blog Cheeseslave for catching this event before it was swept under the cyber rug. To Cheerios and General Mills - shame on you and your lies.

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55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Remember that not only brands like Cheerios are GMO, but many supposedly health-conscious labels such as Kashi are 100% GMO wheat as well. If it doesn't say Organic, don't buy it (and even then do your homework)

Anonymous said...

Typically despicable of our corporatist criminals.
General Mills is an outlier, but what will really be impressive if the delusional NFL football fan decides to ratchet up the hit on Bob Kraft (owner of Kraft foods) and the New England Patriots. Kraft foods spent millions of dollars try to defeat Proposition 37 in California.
Very simple:
Fuck you, Kraft.
Fuck you, New England Patriots.
Fuck you, Tom Brady.
I know you're only the quarterback, but take a stand man.

Anonymous said...

... and the masses awaken from their slumber to find they have the power to change things after all.

Anonymous said...

Just to be acurate here. Wheat is not yet GMO.[even though baked goods are full of bromine, phytic acid & gluten]
Soy, corn,canola, cotton,MSG, summer squash & CAFO dairy are GMO.
Also keep your eyes peeled for polysorbate 80 esp in bake mixes, frosting & ice cream. It is in our vaccines [www.cdc.gov "vaccine media & excipients"] because it causes INFLAMMATION & STERiLITY in lab rats. Now it is in our food too.

Anonymous said...

How dare you deceive the public? Many parents feed there children and toddlers this. You will reap what you sow.

Patti said...

Just loved the article. Loved it even more when I saw an ad for Kashi, (Kellogs is their parent company) and their "Go Lean" cereal is made out of 100% GMO's. Kashi has promised that by 2015 only half of their cereals with be without G M O's. Why? because they can't find enough "grains, etc" to meet their production needs....And Kashi was against the labeling law in California.....

Patti said...

The FDA has not officially approved GMO's as of yet. It is interesting that a Kashi ad accompanies this writing. Kellogs is the parent company of Kashi. According to a post by Kashi, only 50% of their products with be GMO free by 2015. Their Go Lean is 100% GMO'd products..And why won't they be 100% GMO free--because they can't (or won't) be able to find enough GMO freed grains, etc to produce their cereals. Interesting......

Anonymous said...

We have the right to know what is in our food.

Anonymous said...

Wheat is GMO. It was one of the first frankenfoods, butchered up in the 60's when all of this began. Spelt is wheat before modification.

Anonymous said...

Get your facts straight "anonymous", Bob Kraft does not own Kraft foods! Leave the Patriots alone!

Anonymous said...

Just to be Fair, the Kraft's that own the Patriots are not part of Kraft foods.
A completely different family.
So you can still root for the Patriots

Anonymous said...

It's about time the "massess" are finally waking up to. GMO toxic food!! There is still too many people who aren't aware of this great travesty that is being done! You can be sure that none of these corporation's (Monsanto to name one) family members are eating their toxic garbage!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Do not expect any great grand-children if you eat GMOs. What food ever did that?

http://www.standeyo.com/NEWS/10_Food_Water/100428.GM.foods-population.control.html

Anonymous said...

Now that there is GM Alfalfa, you cannot eat any dairy, meat or eggs that are not organic - because the poor animals were fed GM corn, soy & alfalfa. You get the poisons second hand.

And lots of animal leftovers as well, by the way - cows are now cannibals.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is the first good news I ever heard about facebook.

Anonymous said...

Even if the Kraft family is a different linage, their still phonies. Anyone find if suspicious that after 911, the "Patriots" won the super bowl? Haha, get a clue you dumb jock.

Jose Javaho said...

Is there confusion here with Organic or am I confused. As far as I know Organic does not mean GMO Free folks. Apples and Oranges as far as I know. Please show me the rule or legal statement that associates one with the other.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that there is a Kashi Ad on this blog post.

geraqrd said...

I noticed that the more cheerios I ate, the uglier my girlfriend got.

geraqrd said...

It is rumored that someone gave away millions of boxes of suspected cereal on November 5th. Creating confusion and bewilderment just before the election??

Anonymous said...

I will never eat another Goodbye (Cheeryouasyougo) again. Multiply me by 100 million persons to start and we are going to get there!

Anonymous said...

No bag/box food product can get the top organic rating (there's not just one rating in the USDA organic labeling method that allows the word organic to show on a product), which shows a green/white seal that states "USDA Organic", unless it is made from all NON-GMO ingredients.

Ronald said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we knew where we could find non-gmo grains and make our own cereal; I mean, just cut out the middleman that only wants to make more billions of dollars at the expense of the greatest gift to a family - their children. I am a vegan and know quite well that it is becoming very difficult to find clean food even in that which is labeled organic. Is this what Yashua/Jesus meant for us when He said:Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. KJV

Anonymous said...

grow your own, people, it's not that hard to do

Anonymous said...

This is what democracy and truth look like.

And how quick was it put down? Pretty f'n quick.
Corporate media coverage of it? Zero.
Alternative media coverage? Spotty at best.

Real protest gets no media play, it gets erased. Fake protests (and protesters) get big media coverage. Jesse Ventura, Ron Paul, Julian Assange, Kucinich, various Hollywood activists all get lots of play in corporate media. They are fake leaders designed to lead us astray (or to embarrass the movement like Charlie Sheen or Rosie O'Donnel) and are useful to those who rule us. Real people calling out GMO on a corporate website........silence.

Anonymous said...

I will never eat an Lays potato chip Pringles or anything else from them again!

Anonymous said...

No GMO products are worth the health of the nation. If you would not allow your children to eat this crap, why do you want us to feed it to our families. The GMO wheat that has taken over the country has left us, overweight, diabetic and generally unhealthy. It causes our young to develop far too soon and it is so totally NOT NECESSARY.

Anonymous said...

The LOVE of Money is the root of all EVIL.... maybe re-evaluate your priorities as human beings and not as a faceless nameless corporation....who cares more about fiduciary responsibility than the human consumers health, just a thought, fire the person or people who decided GMO garbage was the way to make more money.... more profits, if you kill everyone with cancer causing genetically modified organisms, who will buy your products? Dead and dying people do not eat cheerios… hope you can find in your hearts to change your product back to a healthy product, even if it means taking a temporary loss.

Anonymous said...

I think we should just focus on as much natural foods as possible. And stop buying these fakes foods! The big companies will soon realise that they can't pull the wool over our eyes and poison us when their precious profits starts plummeting!

Anonymous said...

I love Cheerios!!!!

Herman said...

Ah, I did a video on this. Check it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OCSmqfOcfg

jadakiss said...

nobody forces you to eat Cheerios. is there anything you fat lazy Americans don't complain about? it's like, that's all you do. just sit there waiting for something to analyze and complain about. just shut the fuck up!

Anonymous said...

jadakiss who peed in your cheerios?????

Anonymous said...

this governmentof ours is so embedded in the murdering of its people that it is mind boggling, cheerios is garbage cereal and I wouldn't feed it to a dog. AndI laugh at when the parents have their children with little plastic bags full of cheerios eating this shit poison and we you go to tell them its poison , they just laugh at you, then they wonfder why their kids have all problems in the way of sickness.

Anonymous said...

Boxed cereal, even before the advent of GMOs, were never remotely healthy. Studies in the 80's determined that the cardboard packaging contained more nutrition than the actual "cereal" itself. Hence their attempt to bolster their useless product with more vitamins. Your best bet... don't eat boxed cereal.

Anonymous said...

If I really could grow my own, 100% definitely free-from-gmo's wheat and corn and food, I would. the problem is that I have no idea where to get any of that. Give me a crop of corn or wheat that survived the gmo experiments intact, and i'll give you a medal. if you are a farmer and you own some, spread it around and grow it really fast. otherwise... well, i'll just forget trying to eat healthy. gmo was a bad idea to start.

Anonymous said...

Just to make sure you get this right... an earlier post said that wheat is not gmo... WHEAT IS GMO AND HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST 20 OR 30 YEARS!!! Stay away from wheat!!!

Anonymous said...

Please go to the FDA website.. if it says USDA Organic... it is non GMO.. they give the definition and it includes non GMO there is also an interesting one.. maybe someone can pipe in.. but eden foods has a 3rd party tester for non gmo... anyone know how reliable that is? You can go to www.edenfoods.com/verified for more info, also www.edenfoods.com/skeptic...

Anonymous said...

Kashi has a bunch of products that are GMO Free.

Lets not forget that there are "natural' pesticides used by organic farmers that are unhealthy for you too.

http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~lhom/organictext.html

Ann Lamanna said...

GMO/GE = infertility. Maybe not this generation, But your grandchildren and great grandchildren may never be.

Anonymous said...

I don't have the rule, but everything I've read about organic says that it cannot be organic and also knowingly contain gmos at the same time. It would defeat the whole purpose of the strict organic policies

Anonymous said...

In the first instance you use GMO, you should probably edit to explain what the acronym (well, technically an initialism) stands for. I had to leave your site to look up the word. That being the case, I can guarantee that you're losing readership as this happens.

It was my first exposure to "GMO" as an identifier and I can guarantee that I'm not alone.

Unknown said...

Why even eat grains? The most allergenic food for human consumption,organic or not.

Stephanie LeDUC said...

Jovia is also on FB. It is the Old wheat from back in the day. Look it up. No one is intolerant to it. Read and inform yourselves. I'm gearing up to start posting post it notes on all cereals whenever and if I visit a walmart ever again, and my regular grocer.

CATRYNA49 said...

In a word, cheerios is C.R.A.P.

KL said...

Almost all cereals are extruded. This in itself is really unhealthy. Stick to organic whole grains like oatmeal(which are properly prepared by soaking to remove the phytates)and you will be much better off!

Anne Leblanc said...

stop buying things in a box and make your own!!!! it takes 10 min to do your own cake why buy it in a box???? this way you'll know what goes into the cake!!!

Anonymous said...

if it made you go find out what it means and begin to educate yourself on the issue then they accomplished something great. the fact that people don't know what it stands for and means to their health is one of the biggest problems in this fight and GMO companies would like to keep it that way. hopefully more people are curious enough like you to learn instead of ignore and tune out.

Anonymous said...

i have not researched this specically and don't have any facts to support, other than the actions of both, but i believe Eden cares more about organic, the quality of food and our health than the USDA...

joe said...

The "organic" standard is the biggest scam on the market. Organic is simply the medium in which your corrupted food is grown or processed. Monsanto seed, grown in organic soil and your still eating GMO.

Anonymous said...

Fuck yeah.

jones said...

hello from Australia, land of the inherited dirty tricks of the agri-business industry. We also can't get GMO labelling or anything else concerning the truth of GMO research, just LIES LIES LIES!!

Anonymous said...

People give this to babies how do these companies sleep at.night. No.more General Mills for me.

Anonymous said...

for those of you who'm are aware of monsanto seed - monsanto bought up most of the seeds you buy in the garden departments of your local stores....however if one really wants non hybrid heirloom seeds - just search the net or you can go here to a list of places to buy from http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?pageId=261

Anonymous said...

Wisconsin has the WIC program , from what I understand , its for kids under 5, I think with income guidelines. The food cereals are usually labeled in the grocery store as "WIC approved". I have often looked at those cereals and juices and felt outrage that our state's children were offered this. I have picked up a contained of juice and saw the little fine print on the bottle " made in china". Essentially this program ensures our children will be fed gmo grains and juice from china. Sadder to see , the parents purchasing these items with the belief that it is wholesome and good for their kids.

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