How Your Cereal Causes Climate Change

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July 28, 2014, 10:04 a.m.

2:00 p.m. — One of the world’s largest food com­pan­ies says it’s about to take a ma­jor bite out of glob­al warm­ing. Gen­er­al Mills, the com­pany that man­u­fac­tures Cheeri­os, Cin­na­mon Toast Crunch and Wheat­ies, said Monday that it will set a tar­get to lim­it air pol­lu­tion throughout its en­tire sup­ply chain by Au­gust 2015. This marks the first time the food gi­ant will meas­ur­ably rein in green­house gas emis­sions from ag­ri­cul­tur­al sup­pli­ers of the in­gredi­ents used in GM products. And en­vir­on­ment­al watch­dogs say the ef­fort is sig­ni­fic­ant. The tar­gets will align with the goal of keep­ing a rise in glob­al tem­per­at­ures be­low 2 de­grees celsi­us, a stand­ard cli­mate sci­ent­ists say is ne­ces­sary to avoid dev­ast­at­ing im­pacts of glob­al warm­ing. — Clare For­an


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