1) Buy certified organic / USDA Organic products, which cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Read more about organics and GMOs here >
2) Look for products bearing the “Non-GMO Project” verified seal, which indicate these products went through a separate certification process.
Note: as of 2013, you can also look for products bearing the GMO Guard verified seal from Natural Food Certifiers (the organization best known for their “Apple K Kosher” certification process / label).
A third way to avoid GMOs is to choose GMO-Free brands:
Below you’ll find an (ever-growing) list of brands that source their ingredients from GMO-free ingredients.
Note #1: some of these brands and products are organic, others are not, even if they are still GMO-free.
Note #2: a few of these brands are owned by major food corporations that are opposed to GMO labeling and donated large sums of money to defeat California’s Proposition 37 in November 2012 and Washington state’s I-522 measure in November 2013. These brands are designated in red text. (If you’re curious to see a more complete list of “corporate-owned organic brands,” please click here.)
Depending on where you live, these “corporate organic” brands may be your only choice for purchasing organic food. However please try to purchase products from the below brands *without* red text wherever possible, as these companies are truly non-GMO… both in terms of their product *and* their philosophy.
Note #3: to view a list of GMO-free brands that are family- or privately-owned, click here.
Note #4: if you’d prefer a complete, searchable, product-by-product listing of items have received Non-GMO Project certification (regardless of whether owned by a corporation or a family), just click here.
(Note: this list was originally compiled from the Nourished Kitchen, and has been checked, edited, and added on to since its first publishing.)
- Aldi’s SimplyNature: Aldi is a Germany-based discount food chain that operates a number of “Aldi” stores located in the eastern half of the U.S., as well as Texas and the southern tip of California; they also own Trader Joe’s. Aldi offers an in-house organic line of products called “Simply Nature” that bears the USDA Organic label.
- Amy’s Kitchen: GMO-free source of canned soups, chilies, boxed and frozen meals.
- Annie’s Naturals: Manufacturer of BBQ sauce, salad dressings and other condiments sourced from gmo-free ingredients. We are sad to report that Annie’s was purchased by General Mills as of September 8, 2014.
- Apple and Eve: privately owned juice manufacturer with a USDA Certified Organic line of juices.
- Applegate Organic and Natural Meats: Applegate has an organic line of deli meat, bacon, sausages, hot dogs, frozen burgers, and chicken strips. Read their GMO FAQs here.
- Arrowhead Mills: GMO-free providers of baking mixes and flours found in both natural health food stores and regular supermarkets. (Owned by Hain Celestial; see note* below)
- Attune Foods: USDA organic, GMO-free, and Non-GMO Project certified makers of Erewhon, Uncle Sam, and Skinner’s breakfast cereals.
- Beanitos: Manufacturer of bean-based chips in multiple flavors, non-gmo project verified.
- Bearitos: Manufacturer of snack foods and dips using gmo-free foods. (Owned by Hain Celestial; see note* below)
- Ben & Jerry’s: this company is pro-GMO labeling, even though they are owned by the Unilever Corporation who donated $372k to defeat California’s GMO labeling proposition. While their ice cream is NOT YET GMO free, they are on their way to sourcing all non-GMO ingredients “by the end of 2014.” Read more here.
- Bob’s Red Mill: family-owned, GMO-free provider of baking mixes and specialty flours including gluten-free options.
- Cascadian Farms: Frozen entrees, juices, frozen vegetables and fruit, yogurt and other foods. (Owned by General Mills, who donated millions of dollars to defeat GMO labeling in California and Washington state.)
- CB’s Nuts: owned by Clark and Tami Bowen, CB’s offers organic peanut butter certified by the Non-GMO Project as well as the USDA, plus their website features prominent opposition to GMOs and consumer education about the falsehoods of the “natural” labeling claim.
- Chaffin Family Orchards: Is committed to GMO-free foods and sells an assortment of goods including olive oil.
- Clif: Manufacturer of energy bars sourced “from gmo-free ingredients wherever possible” (some bars are USDA organic/GMO-free, others “contain” organic ingredients).
- Cultures for Health: All starters and products sold at Cultures for Health are GMO-free.
- Earth Balance: manufacturers of butter-like spreads, baking sticks, peanut butter / nut butters, soy milk, mayonnaise and sandwich spreads; all products are 100% plant-based, vegan, non-GMO, lactose-free, gluten-free, egg-free, casein-free, and most are non-GMO Project certified. The company is owned by GFA Brands, Inc. in New Jersey, who also owns Smart Balance and Smart Beat.
- Earth’s Best: Baby food manufacturer uses non-GMO ingredients. (Owned by Hain Celestial; see note* below)
- Eden Foods: the oldest independent organic food producer in the U.S. makes a wide variety of organic, GMO-free products including soy milk; fruit juices; whole grains and flours; dried fruit, nut, seeds and snacks; canned and jarred tomatoes and sauces; canned beans (black, kidney, navy, pinto, garbanzo and cannellini); canned chili; fruit spreads and butters; condiments including soy sauce, sweeteners, oils, vinegars, spices and herbs; and a wide variety of traditional Japanese products from crackers and mochi, to miso and sea vegetables. Back in 1997, an independent test by the New York Times looking for traces of GMOs in 11 soy and corn-based products found Eden’s milk to be the only product that tested clean, a finding that Eden Foods attributed to their extensive certification and testing program.
- Essential Living Foods: privately-owned manufacturers of organic, non-GMO Project certified almond butter, brazil nut butter, super food and protein powders, agave syrup, and more.
- Fantastic Foods: Provider of hummus, falafel, risotto couscous, soup and other mixes with GMO-free ingredients.
- Feridies Peanuts: this family-owned company received Non-GMO Project Certification for three of their peanuts: Super Extra Large Salted Virginia Peanuts, Super Extra Large Unsalted Virginia Peanuts and Super Extra Large Redskin Virginia Peanuts in March 2014.
- Field Day Organics: this is the in-house organic line of Village Foods, a Bryan, Texas based natural / organic grocery store (that took over AppleTree Market a few years ago). Much like Trader Joes and Safeway, “Field Day” organic products are manufactured by a third party, though the store itself is family-owned and operated, and supports local farmers with a farmer’s market in their parking lot ever Wednesday.
- French Meadow Bakery: Manufacturer of bread and baked goods using non-GMO ingredients.
- Garden of Eatin: Manufacturer of chips, salsas and other snack foods. (Owned by Hain Celestial; see note* below)
- Genisoy: see note* below
- Grindstone Bakery: GMO-free provider of wheat- and gluten-free bread.
- Healthy Times: Baby food manufacturer uses non-GMO ingredients.
- Heavenly Organics: makers of GMO-free organic candy
- HEB Store Organics: according to their website, HEB Organics are a safe choice for Texans trying to find affordable organic options; the items also carry USDA Organic certification labels.
- Honest Tea / Honest Ade / Honest Fizz / Honest Kids Fruit juice: packaged and bottled USDA Organic (which means non-GMO) fruit juices, fruit-ades, carbonated beverages and blended tea drinks. (Owned by the Coca Cola Co. who donated millions of dollars to oppose and defeat GMO labeling in California and Washington state.)
- Horizon Organic: provider of organic milk, cheese and dairy products. owned by Dean Foods International since 2004. They have a history of shady practices, as documented by the Cornucopia Institute.
- Imagine Foods: GMO-free provider of soy and rice milk as well as broth and other foods. (Owned by Hain Celestial; see note* below)
- Kashi: this brand is in the process of getting all of their projects tested and certified by the Non-GMO Project, see the . However they are currently owned by Kelloggs, a corporation that donated millions of dollars to oppose and defeat two state GMO labeling measures.
- Kettle Chips: GMO-free manufacturer of potato and tortilla chips. (Owned by Diamond Foods.)
- Kirkland / Kirkland Signature Organic at Costco: Costco carries a wide variety of organic meats, packaged vegetables and fruit, and processed food under their private “Kirkland” label (not to mention carrying all sorts of other organic products from other brands listed on this page).
- Kroger “Simple Truth Organic:” This large grocery chain offers an in-house organic option under their Simple Truth label. However be aware… the “Simple Truth” brand name comes in TWO options: natural and organic. Because the term “natural” means little to nothing in today’s labeling standards (remember, a “vegetarian diet” can include GMO corn), we recommend purchasing only those ‘Simple Truth’ products that include the term “Organic” in the label (since this term disallows almost all GMO ingredients. If the recent chicken lawsuit is any example, their organic option may also be questionable. Lastly, while they didn’t donate money directly to oppose state GMO labeling, they are a member of the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association, who has contributed millions to oppose and defeat state GMO labeling measures.
- Late July: family-owned GMO-free manufacturer of organic snacks including chips, saltine crackers, sandwich crackers, cookies, and sandwich cookies (think healthy Oreos!).
- Lundberg Family Farms: GMO-free provider of rice and wild rice foods including raw rice, soups and convenience foods.
- Meijer (store) Organics (found in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky): their organic line also carries the USDA Organic label. And while we’re not normally proponents of a “natural” label, Meijer announced that their “Natural” line is also free of GMOs.
- Muir Glen: Source of canned tomato sauces, other goods, and vegetable juice using gmo-free foods. (Owned by Cascadian Farms / General Mills, a corporation that donated millions of dollars to oppose and defeat two state GMO labeling measures).
- Murray’s Chicken: Pennsylvania family-owned, humanely raised, Non-GMO Project certified fresh chicken.
- Natural Choice Foods: GMO-free roviders of frozen dessert products.
- Nature’s Path: Manufacturer of cereals and snack bars made with ingredients sourced gmo-free.
- Nature’s Promise (Giant food store’s in-house brand) *see below
- Newman’s Own: makers of GMO-free, organic snacks, popcorn, cookies, candy, vinegars, dried fruit, coffee, tea and more.
- Once Again Nut Butter: 100% employee-owned manufacturer of USDA Organic / Non-GMO Project certified peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, other seed butters, tahini, and more.
- Outta the Park: GMO-free barbecue sauce.
- Pacific Natural / Pacific Foods: provides USDA Organic broths, soups, vegetable-based milks, and prepared foods and continue to be privately owned (based in Oregon).
- Pamela’s Products: Provider of luscious gluten-free baking mixes using non-GMO ingredients.
- Publix “Greenwise” organics: Publix’s website says every item with their ‘Greenwise’ label is “high quality and either all-natural or organic.” Because the term “all natural” means little to nothing in today’s labeling standards, we recommend purchasing only those ‘Greenwise’ products that include the term “Organic” in the label (since this term disallows almost all GMO ingredients, and it appears that Publix is interpreting the term “organic” in the same way that the USDA does. For maximum assurance, choose products that *also* carry the USDA Organic seal. Be aware, Publix is a long-time member of the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association—an organization that has donated millions of dollars to oppose and defeat GMO labeling—when you shop here, your dollars trickle upstream!
- Purity Foods: GMO-free makers of spelt-based noodles, snacks and other goodies.
- Pure Indian Foods: GMO-free provider of grass-fed ghee.
- Pure Pacific Organics: USDA Certified Organic (= GMO free) produce.
- Que Pasa: Manufacturer of tortilla chips and other Mexican foods sourced from non-gmo ingredients.
- Rapunzel: My all-time favorite chocolate company. They also sell speciality oils.
- Rigoni di Asiago: jams, marmalades and flavored honeys that are both USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. Thanks to Bebe for the tip!
- Rudi’s Bakery: USDA Certified Organic (= GMO free) and gluten-free breads.
- Safeway’s “O” organics: while on the surface this may seem like a more reasonably priced alternative to other GMO-free and organic products, Safeway is a dues paying member of the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association—an organization that has donated millions of dollars to oppose and defeat GMO labeling—when you shop here, your dollars trickle upstream!
- San J: GMO-free manufacturer of soy sauce, shoyu and tamari.
- Santa Cruz Organic Juices: GMO-free manufacturer of lemonade, fruit juice, carbonated beverages, apple sauce, peanut butter, and chocolate syrup (owned by J. M. Smucker, who donated money to oppose and defeat California’s GMO labeling proposition).
- Shaw’s Wild Harvest: Wild Harvest is an in-house organic line of products offered by the Shaw’s Market grocery chain in the Northeast U.S.
- Silk: Non-GMO-Project-certified soy milk. Silk is currently owned by White Wave Foods; who was formerly owned by Dean Foods, one of the biggest opponents of GMO labeling that donated money to oppose and defeat GMO labeling in both California and Washington state. White Wave separated from Dean in 2013.
- Smart Chicken: this fresh chicken is organic, non-gmo fed, free range, humanely treated, processed using cold air instead of water. From a blog reader: “When I unwrapped it, it wasn’t sitting in mystery water and didn’t have that weird smell. When cooked, it has a noticeably superior flavor and texture.” If this chicken is not available in a store near you, check out one of the online sources on this page.
- SOL Cuisine: Non-GMO Project certified tofu, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, veggie ribs, falafel, veggie burger dry mix, veggie crumbles and more, including soy-free options.
- Spectrum Oils: GMO-free manufacturer of speciality oils, cooking oils, salad oils and natural shortening. (Owned by Hain Celestial*.)
- Stonyfield Farm: USDA Organic yogurt. Although Stonyfield is owned by a major corporation (Dannon/Danone), both Stonyfield’s website and the Chairman of Stonyfield go out of their way to educate about the dangers of GMOs.
- Sunshine Burger: the first Non-GMO Project certified veggie burger in the U.S. Products include vegan and soy-free options.
- Tasty Brand: organic / GMO-free candy, cookies and fruit snacks
- Thai Kitchen: Source for coconut milks and Asian ingredients sources gmo-free ingredients.
- Tinkyada: Manufacturer of gluten-free brown rice pasta made from GMO-free rice.
- To Your Health: Provider of gmo-free sprouted breads and sprouted flours.
- Trader Joe’s: Trader Joe’s insists that all Trader Joe’s branded products are sourced from GMO free ingredients. However many consumer groups are not convinced, because Trader Joe’s claims are not backed by a third party auditing mechanism, and they do not reveal all of their sources. Read more here.
- Tradition Miso: Manufacturer of miso pastes that are made from GMO-free ingredients.
- Uncle Matt’s Organic: USDA Organic (which means GMO-free) fresh fruit juices without added fragrance or flavor packs.
- Unreal Candy: makers of GMO-free chocolate drops, peanut butter cups, candy bars and more.
- US Wellness Meats: Provider of pasture- and grass-fed meats free of GMO supplemental feed.
- Vermont Village Applesauce: this family owned Vermont company takes pride in knowing all their farmers and where their ingredients come from. Their applesauce is kettle-cooked, GMO free, gluten free, kosher, and certified by the Vermont Organic Farmers Association.
- Vitasoy: Manufacturer of soy-based foods sourced from gmo-free ingredients.
- Vivapura: founded and operated by Chris Whitcoe, this company manufacturers raw, vegan, USDA Organic (and non-GMO Project certified) Superfoods including raw cacao, dried fruits, raw nuts, coconut products, and raw organic “wild Jungle” peanut butter.
- Walkers: Provider of the best shortbread cookies ever as well as other sweet treats.
- Walmart’s Wild Oats: newest to the in-house organic line business model is Walmart, who teamed up with Wild Oats to carry nearly 100 Wild Oats brand organic products, which it says will be sold far below standard organic food prices. Nothing is on Walmart’s website just yet, but Wild Oats’ website claims that it is committed to “adhering to guidelines that bring our products USDA organic certification,” and that it bans “125 unwanted ingredients from our products.” Further, the company says it is committed to “following global food safety standards.”
- Wegmans Grocery Stores: from maintaining their own organic produce farm, to working closely with local organic dairy farmers, Wegmans gets high marks as one of America’s last private, family-owned grocery store chains offering both USDA Organic and their own Wegmans “Organic Food You Feel Good About” branded products. Their stores are located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Read more here and here.
- White Wave: Manufacturer of soy products including tofu and tempeh using gmo-free soy; owner of Silk Soymilk. (White Wave was formerly owned by Dean Foods, who donated $254k to defeat California’s GMO labeling proposition, but White Wave separated from Dean in 2013.)
- Whole Foods Store 365 Brand: Whole Foods markets this brand as GMO free, but that’s not quite the case. As per Whole Foods’s own website: “All plant-derived ingredients in (365 Brand) food products are sourced to avoid GMOs. If a product has meat, eggs or dairy ingredients, they could be from animals that were given GMO feed — unless the product is organic or Non-GMO Project Verified.” This means that only *vegan* products with the 365 Brand product are truly GMO free—unless the product *also* has a USDA Organic and/or Non-GMO Project Certified label. Note: a recent Cornucopia Report claims to have found more than 50% GMO corn in Whole Foods’ 365 brand cornflakes (are there egg or dairy derivatives in cornflakes?)
- Wildtree: this “Direct Sales” (think Amway) company uses individual distributors to sell seasonings, spices, sauces, desserts, breads, stuffing, and skillet meals, all delivered directly to your home, all of which are USDA certified organic, non-GMO, and free of artificial colors, flavors, peanuts and tree nuts.
- Wisconsin Healthy Grown Potatoes: GMO-free potatoes.
- Wild Friends Foods: founded by two University of Oregon students, this line of peanut butter, almond butter, and sunflower butter comes in a variety of flavored options, including Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter, Sesame Cranberry Peanut Butter, Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter, Maple Sunflower Butter, and more, many of which are Non-GMO Project Certified and/or USDA Organic certified.
- Woodstock Foods: this private-label manufacturer is owned by United Natural Foods (UNFI) corporation, and offers a wide range of Non-GMO Project certified products, including peanut butter, dried and canned fruit, canned and frozen vegetables, rice, condiments, tofu, sugar and more.
- Yummy Earth: organic, individually wrapped Candy Drops, Lollipops, Gummy Bears and Sour Bean candies
- Zukay: Provider of live cultured condiments and salsa free from GMO.
Gluten-Free / GMO-Free Flour
Gluten Free Vegan Mom has compiled an excellent resource of non-GMO, gluten free flours. Check out her list here >
Certified Organic and Grass-Fed Meat
There are plenty of ranches raising grass-fed meat in the U.S., however only a few have certified organic (pesticide free) pastures, and many do not mention whether they avoid hormones, antibiotics, and feed 100% grass (versus finished with GMO feed). We are slowly compiling an ever-growing list of those that do:
- Alderspring Ranch: this range ships their meat all around the nation; their free range cattle are raised by a family on their own Idaho ranch.
- Beyond Organic Grass Fed Beef: California ranch shipping all around the nation via Fed-Ex (or free shipping within San Luis Obispo county); doubly organic certified and 100% grass fed beef.
- Cross Island Farms: located on Wellesley Island in northern New York, this family-run farm raises beef, pork and goat but only for local pick-up.
- Long Valley Ranch Beef: Oregon source for 100% grass pasture-raised beef without antibiotics, hormones, or animal byproducts.
- Novy Ranches at the foot of Mt. Shasta, California: one of our blog readers shared this “trusted source of 100% grass fed, pastured, non-GMO raised beef (see the related comment below this post).
- Polyface Farms: if you live in or near the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, you are lucky enough to visit one of the nation’s foremost pioneers in organic, grass-fed meat. Their beef, pork, poultry and rabbits are for sale by in-person pick up only.
- Pride and Joy Dairy: Spokane area ranch providing Seattle area with 100% organic products including raw unpasteurized and unhomogenized cow’s milk, beef, and lamb, all fed an entirely GMO-free diet.
- Richards Grass Fed Beef: available for pick-up only to customers located in Sacramento or Oakland, CA (in the Bay Area). The website does not address GMOs specifically, but their animals are all born on the ranch, “never fed grain, corn products, given antibiotics or growth hormones,” and their operation is “certified by the American Grassfed Association.”
- Rocky Mountain Organic Meats: USDA organic and grass-fed beef and lamb, shipped frozen around the U.S.
- Skagit River Ranch: Sedro-Woolley, Washington ranch providing certified organic (= GMO free) grass-fed beef and eggs, as well as pastured chicken and pork that are fed certified organic (= GMO free) whole grains milled on-site.
If you know of a brand or a ranch that should be on this list, please leave a comment below!
If you have a question about a certain product or brand that is not listed, please call the company and ask them, or leave a comment below and we’ll do the digging for you.
Remember: one of the best ways to raise awareness among the food corporations is to voice your concerns directly to them and boycott companies who continue to source ingredients from genetically modified sources.
* About Genisoy
As of May 2013, Genisoy’s website claims their products are “made with” GMO-free soybeans. There is no longer any mention of certification; “made with” is an open labeling term (versus 100%); and a blog reader reported that his last on-line purchase of their soymilk was no longer labeled as non-GMO since Genisoy was purchased by Downright Healthy Foods L.P. & WorldPantry.com®, Inc. (And as of 2014, Genisoy is not even making soy milk any more, thanks to a head’s up from Andi.)
* About Giant Food Store’s in-house “Nature’s Promise” brand
“Nature’s Promise” is the in-house label for the Giant food store chain (located in the U.S. states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.). As described on their website, these products contain “natural” ingredients. (For more information about the term “natural,” click here.) These products are NOT GMO-free unless they have an additional USDA Organic label on the package.
* About Hain Celestial
Hain Celestial is a huge food corporation that has slowly collected a number of organic brands under its umbrella. They were partially owned by Nestlé for a few years, and had a former product development agreement with Cargill (the “quiet giant that rules the food business”). However there is currently no evidence to show any alliance with “dirty” food corporations, negative ethics, or GMO issues, and to their credit, they did not join the long list of other huge food corporations that united with Monsanto to oppose California’s GMO Labeling proposition (though you could argue they didn’t contribute towards the support of the proposition either).
The only questionable information that can be cited about Hain is that when they are asked about the canola oil used in their chips, they have a carefully scripted answer that says they cannot guarantee their products are GMO free. Keep in mind however, even the Non-GMO Project uses a similar statement about their certified products. Despite a relatively clean records, there are many who choose not to purchase organic brands owned by Hain Celestial, simply on the basis of their distrust over large food corporations.
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