One month ago, we decided to start posting regular articles that spotlight organic, GMO-free product manufacturers—with a focus on those that are backed by a healthy dose of integrity, sustainability, and overall do-good-for-the-community. Our first spotlight of outstanding Non-GMO brands was Annie’s Homegrown / Annie’s Naturals. This month, we’d like to spotlight…
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Founded in 1985, Nature’s Path is owned by a private family who is very much involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. Founders Arran and Ratana Stephens were one of the earliest pioneers in the organic food movement. Says Arran, ”We haven’t sold out—and we don’t intend to.”
Non-GMO, certified organic breakfast cereals, granolas, hot oatmeal, waffles, toaster pastries, pancake mix, and granola / snack bars.
Not only did Nature’s Path donate $660,709 towards California’s Prop 37 to label GMOs (the largest donation from a private food manufacturer), they believe “everyone has the right to know” with a bold statement about GMOs on their packaging. If that’s not enough, Nature’s Path ensures that ALL of their products are verified by the Non-GMO Project. Read more about their GMO philosophy by clicking here >
What Makes ‘Em Extra Special:
• Fairtrade Certified: Nature’s Path sources all of their ingredients as locally as possible–over 78% of the weight of their ingredients come from organic farmers in North America. Read more about their commitment by clicking here >
• Globally Minded: Every time you buy one of their “EnviroKidz” products, 1% of the sales are donated to support endangered species, habitat conservation and environmental education for kids worldwide. Read more about this program by clicking here >
• Gardens for Good: This annual grant program, born in the spring of 2010 with the help of Organic Gardening Magazine, donates $15,000 each to 3 deserving non-profits who demonstrate a passion and vision for organic urban gardening. Read more about Gardens for Good by clicking here >
• Food Bank Donations: For every bag of Nature’s Path granola cereal you buy, their “Bite for Bite” program donates the equivalent in cash and organic food to the local food bank, up to $1 million a year!
• Sustainable Business: in 2008, Nature’s Path signed the Sustainable Food Trade Association’s declaration of sustainability to guide their business in achieving even more sustainable practices, including diverting 92% of their waste from landfills, reducing energy consumption, and more. Find out everything they’re working on by clicking here >