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BAD BUSINESS: Corporate Crimes In the Cereal Aisle: How Companies Are Fooling You Into Thinking Their Products Are Healthy


Business  (tags: consumers, business, dishonesty, corruption, politics, society, diet, food, health )

Cal
- 1004 days ago - alternet.org
Here's the tricks that big breakfast barons use to fool you into believing their products are pesticide and GMO-free.



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BarbKnight SunshineLady (1634)
Friday October 28, 2011, 5:20 pm
I used to eat this ceral for breakfast when I was a kid!! There was a Tucan bird commercial who said: 'follow your nose...it always knows!! flavorful fruit...wherever it goes...' It's about time we do something about this. Thnx Cal...
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday October 28, 2011, 6:12 pm
I do not eat dry cereal , a bowl of hot oatmeal is better , easy to do in the microwave .
 

H Nick H. (1826)
Friday October 28, 2011, 10:22 pm
I do eat some cereal, but I watch for sugar amounts. Like Aletta, I enjoy oatmeal too, especially when the weather is cooler.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday October 28, 2011, 11:18 pm
One more reason why we need government regulation: corporations don't have a conscience. They go to great lengths to deceive the buyer and hide the ugly truth about the products they sell. When my kids were very young, I hated walking down the cereal aisle with them while grocery shopping. The worst cereals (think of Calvin's "Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs") were packaged the most eye-catching boxes, of course. Kids were led to believe they were getting a portable party in a box. Fortunately for me, my husband does not like sweet cereals, so I didn't often buy them, and when I did happen to purchase a box or two, my kids discovered that they liked the unsweetened varieties better.

Wow! What a way to start your day --with an unhealthy bowl of "Deceptive Corporate Greed"! A name like that wouldn't sell much cereal, but at least it would be honest. And I'm going to look over any cereal that has the initials "GM" on the box --just to make sure the "GM" stands for "General Mills."
 

Karen Blackwell (6)
Friday October 28, 2011, 11:18 pm
wow, i didn't know that Kellogg's owned Kashi, or that General Mills owned Cascadian Farm, and Kraft Foods owned Back to Nature! this really changes the landscape a bit....
 

Fran C. (7)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 3:28 am
After all these years of debating and arguing over what's the best way to eat, isn't it finally time to realize that we don't need any foodstuff that's been over-processed? I think that food that's been "messed with" (as I interprete it) is simply adding to some corporation's balance sheet and simultaneously likely to ruin my health. Simplify, I say. And it can all start with food shopping.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 3:59 am
Thank you Cal ~ Shared ~ Have a wonderful weekend !
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 6:24 am
I'd never eat anything like what is in the picture. I certainly would keep it away from children.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 6:39 am
I usually eat grits or buckwheat, but if I eat cold cereal I prefer puffins. Since I can't eat gluten, and I am aware of other things like high fructose corn syrup, I have to read the ingredients.
 

Lester S. (0)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 7:19 am
Kellog's is adding vitamin D to their cereals. Is this a positive reaction to the growing deficiency epidemic?
 

holly masih (58)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 7:59 am
I prefer porrige-hot cereal.it makes you feel good in the morning.
 

Douglas S. (1)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 8:08 am
Good read Cal.
 

Christia F. (158)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 10:14 am
Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Tia
 

Pamela K. (13)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 2:34 pm
The bottom line--Trust no one! They all cheat eventually!
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 3:38 pm
Signed and noted. Very disappointed to find out Kashi is owned by Kellog's.
 

Joy Mcronald (127)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 3:52 pm
It's amazing what one can learn when one reads... Thanks for this...
 

Ray M. (0)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 4:58 pm
No surprises here. Now on to the vitamin supplement companies and their lobbyists on K Street.
 

Clifton Jackson (124)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 5:31 pm
Yeah, BIG MONEY is to be made here! I buy Organic Cereal only now!!! Thanks for posting this!!
 

Lynne S. (0)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 7:40 pm
Anything with an infinite shelf life is suspect dontcha know. Our pets are adding to advertisers profits as well.. dry stuff in
bags or boxes.Lots of money behind all that advertising.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 10:07 pm
Great article. I stopped eating boxed cereals way back when. I perfer to have Oatmeal whenever I do eat cereal. Otherwise it's just yogurt and fruit. Thanks Cal
 

june t. (63)
Saturday October 29, 2011, 11:29 pm
pretty sad when something as simple as what breakfast cereal to eat becomes a minefield.
 

Jo Asprec (0)
Sunday October 30, 2011, 1:37 am
Espose these deceivers. Tell everyone about the difference between "organic" and "natural."
 

John S. (297)
Sunday October 30, 2011, 6:11 am
Thanks for the post, always read the fine print.
 

Carl Nielsen (7)
Sunday October 30, 2011, 9:02 am
Just how do you propose to test a product for GMO?
There is no differnce between products from GMO and non-GMO organisms that dont contain the organisms themsleves, so how do you figure it out?
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Sunday October 30, 2011, 12:07 pm
thanks
 

Irma Paulme (98)
Sunday October 30, 2011, 10:39 pm
There's a trade off in instant, processed food - our health and the environment.
 

Patricia R. (12)
Monday October 31, 2011, 11:45 am
why do we need cereal? roughage? color happy nibbles- very natural to ancient homos.
 

Ruth R. (215)
Monday October 31, 2011, 9:34 pm
Good post.
 

Nancy C. (797)
Sunday November 6, 2011, 8:48 pm
Sad about Kashi too. I buy organic oatmea,l oat flour, and oat bran wholesale.
 

Lika S. (130)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 12:44 am
A rule of thumb for cereals... If it tastes like candy, it's not good for you!
 
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