Are You Sweet On GMOs?

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and with the polar vortex still slamming most of the country with unseasonably cold weather, what better time is there to snuggle up to your loved ones?

If you’re planning something special for this year’s Valentine’s Day, take a moment to consider organic, non-GMO alternatives instead of the usual box of Russell Stover chocolates or those chalky conversation hearts. 

SweetOnGMOs_1bWhy? Sugar is often sourced from genetically modified crops. Corn and sugar beets are two of the most common GMO commodity crops grown in the US, making up 88% of corn and 95% of sugar beets grown on American soil. As many of you already know, corn and sugar beets are used to produce high fructose corn syrup and processed sugars. Besides having the usual environmental and social implications that come along with GMOs–Sierra Club just named GMO corn as one of the five foods killing the planet–HFCS and processed sugars are simply unhealthy. With strong links to risk factors that increase the likelihood of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, and even stroke, a spoonful of sugar is not as harmless as Big Food would like us to believe. In moderation, sugar can be part of a healthy diet – but it’s the “secret” sugars and the GMOs that have got to go.

You’d think these ingredients are limited to junk foods, but these sugars can be found in everything, including your breakfast.

Take Honey Nut Cheerios, for example – America’s #1 cereal. It contains 9 times the amount of sugar in original Cheerios, making it the logical next step for General Mills when it comes to meeting consumer demand for more non-GMO options.

In desserts, sugar from genetically modified sources becomes even harder to avoid. Thankfully, there are companies out there that provide organic, non-GMO options that you can feel good about indulging in.

So for this year’s Valentine’s Day, from breakfast-in-bed to dessert-for-two, support sustainable companies that respect people and the planet.

Click here to sign the petition asking General Mills to remove GMOs from Honey Nut Cheerios. If you really want to let General Mills know that you’re ready to break up with GMOs, click here to post on the Cheerios Facebook Page.

Here are a few suggestions for your Valentine’s Day alternatives: 

coconut-blissLuna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss

Call me crazy, but ice cream should be enjoyed year-round! Coconut Bliss is a dairy-free, soy-free, certified-organic (therefore non-GMO), and Fair Trade option that comes in a variety of amazing flavors.

divine chocolatesDivine Chocolate

Introduced as one of the first fair-trade chocolate bars in the UK in the late ’90s, Divine Chocolate is now a worldwide brand with a passion for providing high-quality and ethical sweets. Divine Chocolate is a farmer-owned co-op.

equal-exchange-portion-packs_1Equal Exchange 

Started in 1986,  Equal Exchange works with farmer co-ops to provide economically just and environmentally-conscious coffee, tea, chocolate, and more. Equal Exchange is even offering a 15% discount on Valentine’s Day chocolate hearts for GMO Insiders with the coupon code LOVEFARMERS. Offer expires 2/15/2014 or while supplies last.

alter ecoAlter-Eco

Alter Eco principle #1: Whole, healthy, delicious food can make life better for people all over the world. Alter-Eco chocolate is perfect for your Valentine, but their other products such as sustainably sourced rice and quinoa, are good year-round.

mamaganachelogo3Mama Ganache

All Mama Ganache products are 100% organic and fair-trade. If you buy Mama Ganache ‘fundraising’ chocolate, $0.25 from each bar goes to Project Hope and Fairness, a non-profit that works directly with cocoa farmers and promotes fair trade practices.


  • Denise

    February 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    My hunny and I are! Always. ^.~
    My fave is Theo’s organic fair trade chocolate bars (especially Sea Salt with 70% dark chocolate!), which is USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Fair for Life verified. They support World Bicycle Relief, which you can read all about on the back of their wrapper.
    His fave is Endangered Species Chocolate, which is Non-GMO Project Verified and Rainforest Alliance Certified. They donate 10% of their net profits to the cause variety you choose, and inside each wrapper is info about said cause.
    Not to mention they just are awesome treats! <3

    • Michelle Kim

      February 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations, Denise! The endangered species bars are a big favorite of ours as well!

  • Sophie

    February 5, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Coconut Bliss: YUMMY!!!

  • Lucy Mercado

    February 8, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Thank you for providing these sources above & SPREADING AWARENESS…! Too many people are sick because they don’t know better!

  • Elizabeth

    February 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you for the shout-out! Coconut Bliss is honored to be included alongside all these high-integrity brands!

  • Jon Mahoney

    February 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Sugar is a disaccharide of Glucose + Fructose — this is the same molecule that an organic sugar beet would produce. Do you have any reports indicating that highly-refined table sugar is “dangerous” because it is derived from a GMO? Thanks.

    • Michelle Kim

      February 20, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Thanks for your question, Jon! GMO Inside is opposed to the use of genetically modified crops for several reasons, including environmental, social, and health-related factors. Please feel free to visit our website to learn more about our concerns surrounding GMOs:

  • Janeen Walsh

    February 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I have been sick for years, now that a friend as passed this info to me I can make an educated decision to take certain foods out of my diet and perhaps feel better. Thank you for the awareness of what’s really being sold to so many families. The sweets mentioned above are gratefully received as I definitely have that sweet tooth. Look forward to experimenting the different favors!