GMO-Free Brands

USDA Organic Non GMO Project vertThe two simplest ways to avoid GMOs are:

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,GMO Guard logo 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.

GMO-Free Brands:
(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.
  • 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.
  • 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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145 thoughts on “GMO-Free Brands

      • Thank you so much for this information. It blows my mind that we are all just now really being informed on GMO’s. I hope its not to late….

    • why aren’t the against gmos on the governments bottom or case with a lawsuite against these new laws deregulating Monsanto more..and a general lawsuite in general.the new law that the government slipped into a defence bill is that Monsanto cant be sued if their product is dangerous to humans or even if there seeds and product is dangerous to people…

  1. Garden of Eatin is under Hain Celelstial, which I believe is a company that pretends they are trying to GMO free, when they are one of the mega-corporations in food, that mostly want profit over anything else. They have a carefully scripted answers to questions about their chips, which are made with canola oil, to make it seem like they are concerned but in reality are saying that they cannot guarantee their products are GM) free.

    • The Garden of Eatin brand of Red Hot Blues is labeled No GMO’s. If they can’t guarantee that, are they still allowed to label it as such? Those are my favorite chip to serve up. So, I will be completely heartbroken (and angry) if I have been misled. How do we know then?

    • Until the US catches up with the rest of the world in labeling GMOs, our best defense is to be as educated as possible. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t being truthful, but when a company doesn’t want to disclose facts, doubt naturally arises. Canola is one of the top GM crops grown in this country, along with corn and soy. Another example of disclosure doubt is Trader Joe’s, who continues to be unwilling to release the sources of their organic products (unless and until one of the products gets recalled, as in the case of peanut butter recently).

      If you have time, try contacting someone at Garden of Eatin directly by phone. Explain the disclaimer you’ve read about. See if you get the same “careful response” that our other reader did. Perhaps this is just their attorneys trying to cover every possible scenario, including potential field contamination of otherwise GMO-free canola oil… which is certainly possible even on an organic farm.

    • Calamar, you are correct about them being one of the food mega-corporations. And I hear you loud and clear about them not providing direct answers.

      While I am not standing up for what they are doing, I will say that it is nigh impossible to guarantee any product is GMO free… even the Non-GMO Product Certification process’s goal is to “reduce the risk of GMO contamination” and their website says directly that its label does not guarantee that a product is 100% GMO-free, because contamination is an ever-growing threat.

      In short, we set up parameters, we develop certification processes, we demand labeling, and we pray that this catches the majority of the problem. Thanks so much for your comment!

    • Thanks for letting me know… I’ve just checked their website and it’s true, all mention of GMO (whether included or not) has been removed. Have you tried contacting them directly?

  2. Please look at this chart and you will see that most of the above companies are owned by larger corporations who support monsanto financially.

    Sad world, but true. When you buy these products, you are basically giving monsanto your money.

    • I appreciate your comment, but I’d like to encourage you to read a little more carefully. :-) The companies listed above are NOT “owned by major food corporations who support Monsanto financially.” Let me address your comments individually. 1) The above list highlights (in red) 4 companies that are owned by major food corporations. Those four *parent* companies donated to fight California’s GMO Labeling proposition, which I do agree is supporting Monsanto’s goals, but not supporting Monsanto financially. :-) 2) The chart you reference is taken from my blog’s resource page called “Corporate Owned Organics,” which provides a complete list of organic brands currently owned by major corporations (some of which donated to fight California’s GMO Labeling proposition, but again, they do not support Monsanto financially). 3) Look carefully at the chart, as a few of the ownerships have changed since the chart was created a few years ago. One of these changes is Hain Foods… who was partially owned for a few years by Nestlé, and had a product development relationship with Cargill. Hain is the only remaining question in all of our minds, as stated in my Hain note above. Although they did not donate to fight California’s GMO Labeling proposition, for my own part, I’m keeping a close eye on them. :-)

  3. Thank you for this list. Over the last 2 months I have completely changed the way I shop for my families food and it can be a bit overwhelming. I am wondering though why Trader Joe’s is not on your list of GMO free. It was my understanding that the Trader Joe Brand, even though not labeled, were GMO free.

    • You are most welcome! Trader Joe’s is mentioned in this same Shopping section, on the main page: Shopping List. The reason I was not giving as much “coverage” to Trader Joe’s is probably best described in a blog post I wrote not too long ago, which you can read here. But since this topic keeps coming up, I’ll go ahead and add them with a link to read more / decide for yourself.

  4. Trader Joes makes a guarantee that all of their ‘Trader Joes’ label products are GMO free. Publix ‘Greenwise’ is organic as well, are their products GMO free? Also, Late July Organics?

    • Ah, good catch on Late July! I have them included on my ‘Family Organics’ page but forgot to add them here, thanks! As per my above reply to Laura, Trader Joe’s is mentioned in this same Shopping section, on the main page: Shopping List. The reason I was not giving as much “coverage” to Trader Joe’s is probably best described in a blog post I wrote not too long ago, which you can read here. But since this topic keeps coming up, I’ll go ahead and add them with a link to read more / decide for yourself. :-)

  5. Please check out Novy Ranches in Simi Valley Ca. I get all my beef from them. I trust the Novy and have spoken to him in person many times. Here is his link:

    http://www.novyranches.com/our_cattle.htm

    I am taking a big chance on providing his info. I do not want to lose my meat connection but I also care about my fellow Americans so I am releasing my one and only trusted source of 100% grass fed, pastured, non-GMO raised beef. I hope I am not shooting myself in the foot. We need more people like Mr. Novy. Novy Ranches are at the foot of Mt. Shasta, California. This rancher has taken on the EPA and fought off thier ridiculous b.s. of trying to shut down another healthy anti-CAFO farmer. Support this man and his cause.

  6. Do you have any information on Nature’s Promise? I shop at Giant food stores and the majority of the products available in the organic section are from Nature’s Promise. Some of the labels have certified USDA organic, but others do not.

    • Deb, the USDA Organic label is your surest bet of GMO-free. I honestly had not heard of this brand; it appears to be the “in-house label” for the Giant food store chain (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and DC area) — thanks for bringing this to my attention! In looking at their website, — http://www.giantfood.com/our_stores/offerings/brands/index.htm?brnd=NATURE_PROMISE — it says a lot of good things, but it does not mention GMOs (probably because they are difficult to eradicate from food processing unless the process is entirely USDA Organic), so if it was me, I’d choose their USDA Organic products wherever possible.

      • Bullcrap…. do NOT trust the USDA organic label. better look for the non-GMO Project label. Why the hail would you trust the USDA, the agency responsible for hiding the studies that prove GMO’s are extremely bad for you?? NEVER trust the USDA, FDA, EPA and CDC, just to name a few. Foods that have been tested by Independent or third party testing companies are the ONLY foods you can trust, unless you take the time and money to attend about 8 college courses and start testing yourself, which is really not too difficult, and being made easier all time by new innovations from German and Austrian scientists. We do not use fluoride-free toothpaste from a company that also produces toothpaste with fluoride in it. Either they understand that fluoride, like GMO’s is poison to the body and stand behind that statement or they do not.

      • Tom’s toothpaste makes fluoride-free and fluoridated toothpaste. When I called them and asked them why they made a brand WITH fluoride, they stated that they had customers that wanted fluoride in their toothpaste, so clearly it is about money in their pockets and NOT the health of the human race therefore we will NEVER purchase a product from a company that sells out our health for a few dollars. These people can EASILY be bought out and in our opinion, ARE. It takes the USDA and the FDA YEARS between testing for GMO’s in any given product and they routinely are busting companies that are either misleading their customers or straight out lying. The FDA and USDA really could not give a sh*t. The only reason they bust them is because they can fine the holy shish out of them, thereby making more money to help them push their poison food agenda that is being handed down to them by their Satanic masters at Monsanto, Searles, Bayer, Dupont, Dow and others. BE AWARE.. there is SO much more going on here that most would even WANT to know about, which is why so many people do not even want to admit to the corruption, they just want to remain ignorant and stupid about everything, sheep in the fold.

    • I can tell you this, the Back to Nature brand you see in so many stores AND Whole Foods is the Kraft brand, which pushes GMO in ALL thier foods so the “Nature” part is a play on words and means absolutely nothing. As for Natures Promise, if they are on the menu at greenpolkadotbox.com, then they are legit. I cannot find them on this website or on the non-GMO project website either. Buy “Nature’s Path” instead. If they want to come out and put GMO-FREE well then you may consider them but read up online to see what others are saying about it.

  7. Hi All– I noticed Cascadian Farms is on the list of ok to buy– however– I also just got a list of Monsanto owned companies…. and Monsanto apparently owns General Mills???? So just wanted to give you a heads up — that while you are not directly supporting GMO’s you are still supporting the propagator of GMO’s and pestisides. Also — my Giant food store has organic Sugar from Domino Sugar– it has the USDA label on it… Yay!

  8. Deb, thanks for writing. :-) Monsanto does not “own” any companies; though I too have seen this misleading information circulating around.

    The confusion arose when General Mills teamed up with Monsanto (and several other major food manufacturers, get the details here at the bottom of this website page) to defeat California’s GMO Labeling Proposition 37 last year.

    Please read the text at the top of this page, particularly “Note #2″, and reference all of the companies that are shown in red-highlighted text… this indicates the types of companies that were supporters of (though not owned by) Monsanto in that vote.

    Giant Foods is listed above under “Nature’s Way” (their in-house organic/natural brand; though I personally would still default to choosing USDA Organic-labeled products as you are doing).

    Last but not least, this blog also has a list of “family owned” organic brands, which exclude all those Monsanto-supporting corporate brands. You can find that on this page.

    Keep up the great effort!

  9. Why is it that Eden foods is the only company that I am aware of, packaging without BPA. I wish more organic companies would follow Eden foods.

  10. Are Genisoy soy products still non-GMO? I’ve been using their protein powder for years but my last purchase from my usual online source is no longer labeled as non-GMO. Apparently the company is under new ownership; Downright Healthy Foods LLP based in Canada. I’ve tried three times (by phone and email) to contact the company and confirm Genisoy’s non-GMO status but can’t get a response.

    • Jim, that’s a good question. Their website still claims that they use non-GMO soy, but if the label has been removed, that may be the first sign of a change, as the result of their new ownership. A very similar thing happened with Silk Soymilk… when Dean Foods bought them out, they quietly changed the “organic” banner at the top of their carton to the word “natural” to enable them to begin sourcing lesser expensive (and non-organic) soybeans. Few people noticed until the Cornucopia Institute brought it to light. Personally, I would only buy soymilk that has the USDA Organic label on it (since USDA Organic disallows GMOs) and/or has the Non-GMO Project certified label on it. You can read more about Organic/Non-GMO Labeling on this page.

      • I suspected as much when no one returned my phone calls. After going back and double checking the product labels, I found that the new version lists canola oil as the second main ingredient where the original listed only soy protein isolate. That’s more than enough red flags for me. Thanks for the input and I’ll start looking for another source that’s labeled as both certified organic and non-GMO.

  11. I think you can add Smart Chicken to your list (which i just discovered i can order through Fresh Direct in NYC). It’s organic, non-gmo fed, free range, humanely treated, processed using cold air instead of water. (When I unwrapped it, It wasn’t sitting in mystery water & didn’t have that weird smell.) When cooked, it has a noticeably superior flavour & texture. Here’s the website: https://www.cafetecumseh.com/SmartChicken/Default.aspx

    • Dean Foods International is the parent company, White Wave Foods is the distributor for Silk soy milk, Horizon Organics, International Delight, and some Land O’Lakes and Stōk products.

    • Anouk, Monsanto does not “own” any companies; though I have also seen this misleading information circulating around (an image on Pinterest, on Facebook, etc.)

      The confusion arose when General Mills teamed up with Monsanto (and several other major food manufacturers, get the details here at the bottom of this other website) to defeat California’s GMO Labeling Proposition 37 last year.

      Please read the text at the top of this page, particularly “Note #2″, and reference all of the companies that are shown in red-highlighted text… this indicates the types of companies that were supporters of (though not owned by) Monsanto in that vote.

      If you would like to see a list of “family owned” organic brands, which exclude all those Monsanto-supporting corporate brands, you can find that on this page.

    • It’s a misunderstanding. The Organic Consumers Association feels that Whole Foods “sold out” (philosophically) to Monsanto, which got turned into that rumor. Monsanto does not own Whole Foods.

  12. Do you have any information on Meijer Brand Organics? I buy this brand at my Meijer grocery –we do not have a whole foods in my town but I have found that this appears to be of good quality.

    • Hello! Sorry for the delayed reply, I wanted to do some research and fact checking before I got back to you. Everything I’ve been able to find out about Meijer brand organics shows that they are a good choice for you and your family. While I do not have a store near me to verify, I’m reading both online and in their own press releases that their organic line also carries the USDA Organic label… if that is true, then you can count on the organic certification process to be as rigid and dependable as any other product bearing that label (notwithstanding all of the inherent issues which we’ve written about elsewhere). :-)

      Even the Meijer “natural” line (which normally by its terminology would be suspect in our opinion) supposedly contains no GMOs, as per this article written by a gal who claims to be Meijer’s Registered Dietitian and Healthy Living Advisor.

      The only “hmm” I could find about Meijer brand organics was the “one egg” rating that the Cornucopia Institute gave them for their organic eggs.

      My personal “hmm” is that Meijer’s website does not go into any detail about each of their product lines. Why are there more product details on the dietitian’s website than Meijer’s? Only after some digging around in their News section can you track down the press releases that go into the kind of detail we look for. So I personally wish they did a little better job of describing their product details on their website… for consumers like you and me to verify (one would think that would be a great marketing advantage, no?)

      Thanks for writing, and for your patience!

  13. Do you have any information on Meijer brand organics? We do not have a whole foods in my town. This is the brand that I have found to be a good quality and priced reasonably. Also, we have an Aldi’s in town and I understand that their parent company is Trader Joe’s.. any truth to that … and if so, how do their products rank?

  14. In the Tom Thumb store near my house (Texas), their O organic line is hard to locate and looks really sick once you do find it. If this Safeway affiliate is so gung-ho on non-GMO foods, why not make a big deal out of it within the stores? Why not have giant non-GMO signs pointing to their fruits and vegetables and then why don’t they get the good stuff in there for people to buy?

  15. I live in WA state – hope 522 passes. While it isn’t perfect, it is better than nothing. Disappointed to see Safeway on red list above and is complicated – as grocery store, there is some pressure to be part of grocery manufactures assoc and as is the case with most associations (like home builders association) an association as a whole might not always represent individual companies viewpoint. Also, many of the discussions above are about products and those may be carried at a grocery store that is also a member of the gma and so you should be listing them as well. GMA is a very large association.
    Question: pretty much everything in the grocery store is gmo, except for organic products aren’t they? green beans in can can be monsanto gmo seed, right or wrong? How does one avoid gmo if they can’t afford to purchase 100% organic? Which products are the worst?
    Thanks for having this site and for answering questions asked – great to see!
    Yes on 522!

    • You are most welcome. Yes, the vast majority of non-USDA Organic food items contain GMOs, including vegetables in cans (though I know of no genetically engineered green beans as yet… Monsanto is sticking to the big cash crops including corn, soy, sugar beets, etc.).

      Regarding not being able to afford 100% organic, I’ve got links to coupons as well as other ideas for saving money on organics on this page: http://gmo-awareness.com/shopping-list/organic-coupons/

      Regarding which products are worst… there are different ways to look at this: anything that’s not organic (including fresh vegetables and fruit) is going to contain pesticides… sometimes at extremely alarming levels, which is (to me) a parallel risk to GMOs. If you google “which vegetables contain most pesticides” you’ll find multiple websites with all sorts of opinions… that could serve as a guide for you to choose which ones to buy exclusively organic.

      Other aspects of which products are worse… processed foods typically contain multiple ingredients sourced from GMOs, so you might consider those to be worse. If you look at the crop itself, a “stacked” GMO (corn or soy that’s been modified with multiple, or “stacked” traits, such as RoundUp resistance *and* an internal insecticide) could be considered worse than simply one modified trait… and there’s no way to know if the GMO corn in your processed food is one or the other. So my summary would be… stick to whole foods as much as possible, choosing organic as much as possible.

      Thanks so much for your comment, and for your valiant efforts to choose healthy food!

  16. I have been told by several different employees at Whole Foods that their 365 brand is now completely GMO free. It’s not labeled that way though, so do you think there is any truth to this?

    • Here’s what I know, from friends that work at Whole Foods: all plant-derived ingredients in 365 brand-lebeled food products are sourced to avoid GMOs. However if a product has meat, eggs or dairy ingredients, they could be from animals that were given GMO feed — unless the product *also* includes an organic or Non-GMO Project Verified label. So in short… only *vegan* 365 brand products are sourced without GMOs.

      That said, a recent Cornucopia Report claims to have found more than 50% GMO corn in Whole Foods’ 365 brand cornflakes: http://cornucopia.org/cereal-scorecard/docs/Cornucopia_Cereal_Report.pdf Is there a dairy or egg ingredient in their cornflakes that is causing this result? I have yet to look at their ingredient label to know…

  17. Northstar Bison, our ranch and website that distributes 100% grassfed bison, beef and lamb, non-GMO pastured pork, elk and organic, pastured poultry. I would like to apply for the Certified Organic and Grass-Fed Meat ranch list that you have on your site. We specialize in fresh 100% grass-fed meats, preservative free sausages, ship nationwide of both fresh & frozen meats weekly.
    Please advise as to how to be considered for your listing. We were referred by one of our loyal customers, Carolyn Heller.

  18. I would add as safe to this list: Trader Joe’s (their entire store line is verified as non-GMO and they support GMO labeling); Applegate (supports labeling); Apple & Eve. As for Hain, last time I checked, they were owned in part by Heinz, which did oppose GMO labeling.

    • Lisa, thank you! We’ll get Applegate and Apple & Eve’s Organics line added. Trader Joe’s is already on the list. :-) However Hain has never been owned (even in part) by Heinz, at least not that we’ve ever found…

    • Hain is not owned by Heinz. I work for Hain. Since I source products for them (raw materials for brands), I can tell you that any claims of non-GMO, organic, all natural, etc. are legit.

  19. Wild Tree is GMO free, organic and nuts free- seasonings, spices, sauces, desserts, breads, stuffing, skillet meals.. Shipped to you. My rep rocks if you need one.

  20. Thank you for the list!
    I believe there are many people my age who have been eating gmo most their lives and whether they’ve been directly affected by it or not we need to make the right choice for our children.
    I believe (long story) that i was affected, and i recently became aware of GMO. Digging deeper and deeper it makes me sick and i would rather not subject my family to it.
    I have searched and searched and found a ton of ” what not to eat” to avoid GMO, which is helpful, but very thankful to find what is safe to eat.
    I would love to stay up to date on this matter and thank you again.

  21. 8th Continent Soymilk products claim they are non-GMO. It is a brand that I am able to buy where I live in Alabama. I would appreciate it if you could test these products and see if they qualify to join your list.. Thank you.

    • Ginny, we are not a testing laboratory / certification organization, so we can not test this brand as you have requested. However, after visiting their website, we would personally mark this product as a “no thank you.” There *nothing* mentioned about organic or GMO-free on their website. The only qualifications they mention are “All varieties and flavors of 8th Continent Soymilk are Gluten and Lactose Free and Certified Vegan,” and that all their soybeans are sourced from the U.S. (where 93% of soybeans are genetically engineered as of 2012, as per the USDA). Until this company has taken the time to get third party non-GMO certification (or USDA Organic certification), I would assume this soy milk is from GMO soybeans… sorry to say!

  22. Thank you so much for providing this list. I am trying to eat GMO free but it seems that as long as I live at home I will be at risk of unsafe foods. However I will begin the merge some of these brands into my diet. :)

  23. I have found a wonderful chocolate company that claims to be organic and non GMO. Wild Ophelia is the name and it is delicious!

    • Hello! I am not sure where you saw this claim, but it doesn’t seem to be substantiated on their website. Their website makes no mention of organic (since “organic” would be a selling point, most companies go out of their way to make sure this is mentioned on their website once they’ve taken the trouble / expense to go organic). They also state that all of their bars contain soy, which is a “hmm” for us (soy is the #1 GMO crop in the US, so using / mentioning “organic” soy would be an important step of going GMO-free). On their FAQ page, they state the following: We source non-GMO ingredients where possible, but Wild Ophelia is not completely GMO free currently.

  24. I am wearing this site out today, but it is because i just found it today and food is so major! As a single Mom I struggle with balancing good food choices and my finances. My question is about Wegman’s, STORE BRAND organic foods. Recently the local news reported that they had the most reasonble prices for organic foods? BUT ARE THEY LIKE OTHER COMPANIES HIDING BEHIND TERMINOLOGY AND SELLING US WHAT THEY LIKE? I am not sure if you even ever heard of the company but I do not see them on your list so maybe you can help me out, your knowledge is much greater than mine and ever so appreciated…I thank you in advance!

    • Tameca, you just go right ahead and wear this site out, that’s what it’s here for! :-D As for Wegmans… from all that we’ve found, you should be able to shop organics at Wegmans with confidence. I researched their website, where I found several different pages discussing their commitment to organic and its importance in human health. I visited their blog, where I found they have their own farm for raising a good deal of their own organic produce. They also go out of their way to procure milk for their private-label organic brand from a cooperative of family farmers—Cornucopia Institute gives them a 100 point rating for full disclosure and a “four cows” (excellent) rating overall. I was not able to find the names of the labs they use for third party testing, but they do have an entire section on their website dedicated to “product quality and safety” that outlines their comprehensive approach. Last but not least, they are still a private, family-owned chain, and have received multiple awards over the years — something you don’t see very often with other grocery chains! (check out their Wiki page).

  25. Thank you so much for this list. My shopping will be a little easier now. I have been telling people for years that the pre-package food that we are use to eating is causing the rampant diagnosis’ of Cancer. The only thing that is hard, is that I have to eat less per day because the cost of organic is so much more. Living on a limited budget makes eating healthy a very hard thing to do. Again, thanks for the list.

    • Kristy, here’s what we know about KIND: while their packaging does mention “no GMO,” they do not cite their sources of non-GMO ingredients, nor do they provide any details about certification or third-party testing. They have not sought USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project Certification (the two most recognizable ways of assuring consumers that products are non-GMO), and their website makes no reference of GMOs whatsoever (most manufacturers go out of their way to detail their process for avoiding GMOs when such is in place; some, like Nature’s Path, take it a step further by detailing their philosophy about GMOs and providing education about why GMOs are harmful). The choice is yours.

  26. How about Full Circle? This may be the in-house organic brand, it’s found at Market Street grocery stores (DFW area) & fullcirclefoods.com is the website. They make no mention of GMOs and some of their products are labeled “natural” (meats & some grocery items) while others are labeled USDA Organic (dairy products, produce and some boxed items like pasta, cereals, snacks, condiments, etc.) I would like to assume that the USDA Organic labeled products are the safest way to avoid GMO’s. Market Street may be affiliated with Albertson’s. Thank you:)

    • I would stick with only those products labeled USDA Organic, in order to choose Full Circle brand items that are GMO free. I visited their website and as you say, no mention is made of GMOs. I’m also skeptical of companies who tout “100 natural” too… since that phrase means almost nothing (and can include a whole host of bad ingredients).

  27. Do you know about a list of GMO, or non-GMO, European brands? What is the most complete & reliable if there is more than one?

    • Fabio, although I don’t live there, it’s my understanding that GMOs must be labeled in Europe, thus you can identify brands with (and without) by viewing your label. I think the biggest loophole however is GMOs used for animal feed… thus any meat you purchase, if not labeled as organic / GMO-free, would have GMO contamination. Here is a Wikipedia page with more info; meanwhile I found two websites for you which seem to have a lot of good information and resources: Real Foods – and – Organic Food. I hope this information helps a little bit!

      • Thank you. I don’t think that GMO labelling helps solve the issues of GMO-contamination, given the distractive propaganda out there, potentially leading customers to choose higher-negative-impact “labels” (e.g.: GMO), but I do appreciate your answer.

  28. My question is if
    MAKE IT SOW Inc.
    It’s a company that does fundraiser with selling seeds.
    Just wondering if they are GMO free.?
    Thanks

    • Sorry to keep you waiting while we investigated. Here’s what their website states about their ‘Greenwise’ branded products: “Every item is high quality and either all-natural or organic.”

      Because “all natural” means little to nothing in today’s labeling standards, I would recommend purchasing only those ‘Greenwise’ products that include the term “Organic” in the label (since this term disallows almost all GMO ingredients, provided Publix is interpreting the term “organic” in the same way that the USDA does, and from what I found on their website, it seems that they are). For maximum assurance, choose products that *also* carry the USDA Organic seal.

      • I am just wondering if you have any current information about H.E.B. concerning the Central Market Organics line which is a division of HEB. Since I live in Texas, it’s a common grocery store here and H.E.B. just started promoting the brand even though it’s been there for some time. I’ve been to the Central Market website but could not find any info about where the food is sourced from, and I want to know if this is a safe gmo free brand to buy from. And if they support gmo labeling or Bans.

        • According to this page of their website, it appears that “HEB Organics” products are also certified USDA Organic. If that’s the case, if you’re seeing that round USDA Organic label on these items, then you know third party testing / certification standards are in place, and based on everything I’m reading on their website, this does look like a trustworthy brand. I’ll be sure to add this to our list, thank you!

  29. Just would like to mention I buy UNREAL candy– it is GMO free and is labeled as such among being natural dye and unjunked ingredients as possible. UNREAL brand carries the versions like M&M’s (w/ & w/out peanuts), Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and maybe some others favorite-likes. Join the candy revolution. Their website also contains a map you can blow up to locate the nearest place that sells UNREAL candy. http://getunreal.com/

  30. You need to update this list as there are several changes in ownership of companies who are trying to pull away from their corporate ownership.

    • Also, I don’t think Genisoy makes soy milk anymore, but I may be wrong. At Natural Products Expo West recently, they were promoting the crisps, but no soy milk.

    • Andi feel free to enlighten us! We did a quick check of all our ‘red text’ (corporate-owned) brands, and found no ownership changes from what we have listed here… at least not yet! :-)

  31. I just came across a product from Green Giant – called Veggie Blend Ins and out of curiosity checked it’s FAQs – they say on their site that Green Giant does not use GMO seeds. Can this possibly be true?

    • Anything is possible… but a non-GMO seed raised conventionally is still not an organic product. It may be their marketing effort at saying “something! anything!” that relates to non-GMO? :-)

  32. THANK YOU THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! Who ever made this, we really appreciate the hard work that you put into this! This is just what we were looking for. Pls continue your hard work (:

  33. I dont understand, why wouldn’t a company that is selling a GMO-free product display the GMO-Free logo? I am talking about “Kirkland Organic Ancient Grains Bread” in perticular. This brand is in the GMO-Free list above, but why don’t they advertise that it is GMO-Free on the product.

    • Partha, likely because a USDA Organic logo is the most direct indication of GMO Free… and also possibly because consumers are becoming wary of any labeling without a certification process behind it. But I have to agree with you… if consumers want GMO-free, you’d think more packaging labels would at least include that phrase!

  34. Awesome list. My husband I began reading this list and were quickly feeling overwhelmed that we’d never be able to find a “safe” place to shop for some of these brands…but then we came upon Meijer! I had shopped here for years and since becoming aware of what we are eating – I regularly purchase the Meijer Organic options. I’m so glad and so thankful for the reassurance that I’m picking something good for our family! Thank you for this great list. Our spirits are renewed :)

  35. Kettle chips has an organic bag… then all the rest… (which have canola)… canola
    IS gmo!, made from genetically altering rapeseed. soooo… as far as i can tell, only their
    organic bag version(sunflower/safflower oil) is REALLY gmo free, all the other bags(canola) with the verified label are really not.

  36. These things are good to know cause lets face it who wants to spend good money on something that can harm them than help them no one

  37. Thank you so much. Spent hours surching for a store near me and kept being directed to a store over 150 miles away. Thanks to this list I found one less than 20 :)

    • Marc, there is nothing on their website that mentions GMOs or organic. When we searched further, we came up with the following comment on their Facebook page, in response to a question about GMOs:

      Joseph’s Lite Cookies wrote:
      No, they are not gmo free.
      April 10 at 7:14am

  38. Many thanks for your reply. I, too, saw that comment and regret I will be returning the 2 bags I recently bought. I suspect the canola oil is GMO.
    Thanks again and stay well,
    Marc

  39. I’m actually very new at Organic Foods. Once I moved back in with my parents, I started eating it more because they do, and with a ten-month old, I’d love to know more.

    So I’m still fairly new and not sure I understand what “GMO” stands for. But, from what I’m understanding… it’s very bad. If things don’t say GMO-free or Organic, I really shouldn’t buy it? I do look for High Fructose Corn Syrup when I buy products and for MSG… what else should I be looking for?

    I’m sorry if these sound stupid. I’m so new at this @___@

    Luckily, we have an Aldi’s (but my mom doesn’t like to shop there xD She worked there before so doesn’t really like it lulz)

    • Hello and welcome! From the page you were viewing (GMO Free Brands) there are two ways to learn more. Either click on the links at the top of the page under the ‘All About GMOs’ section, or click on the photos on the right side of the page to go specific resource pages titled GMO Defined, GMO Risks, and Is Organic Always GMO Free. I’d also highly encourage you to watch (and share) the video at the top of this page, titled “Awakening of a Food Industry Analyst.”

      • But Kashi is owned by kellogs which contributed against gmo labeling why is it in blue not red? Also I read somewhere silk was no longer owned by deans is this true? I need truth please want to know who to support!

        • Lucy thank you so much for catching the Kashi mistake! We’ve fixed it. Silk was originally owned by White Wave, who was bought out by Dean Foods. In 2013, White Wave separated from Dean Foods, and because White Wave has donated money in support of GMO Labeling in the past, it would appear Silk is back in the “support” camp again.

    • Let’s see if i understand your question properly. If a farmer starts with a non-GMO seed, but does not raise it organically, does that mean it may have pesticides/herbicides/insecticides? Yes. But not necessarily. Ask the farmer about his practices. Most who raise organic are proud to tell you the details. Last but not least, finding non-GMO seed takes effort, and typically costs more, so it would seem odd that a farmer would go out of his or her way to find non-GMO seed and then douse it with chemicals… thus I can’t imagine this situation happening very often.

    • In the end, it really depends on your philosophy as a human. From our perspective, the Non-GMO Project seems to be doing the right thing, though I know some people believe otherwise. Then again, some of those same people also believe the USDA Organic process / certification is flawed / not trustworthy. I personally look for the USDA Organic label first, and if they’ve got a Non-GMO Project label in *addition* to the USDA label, that tells me the company took the extra time (and money) to go through two levels of certification… to me that shows dedication. Your mileage may vary. :-)

  40. Have you any info re The Fresh Market? I find that only a precious few of products in the store are truly organic. Some recognizable names do have the USDA Organic label and carry the GMO Project label, but, as with Kettle Chips, they list canola oil.
    The Fresh Market brand itself may just say “organic.”
    Please help. Many, many thanks for your enlightening and amazingly helpful site.

    • Can you provide a link? Is this a local grocery chain, and if so, in what area? (we weren’t able to pull up anything using “fresh market” so any additional info would be appreciated. :-)

      • Thanks for your response. As much info as I can provide is this: The store’s name is The Fresh Market and it’s located in Columbus, GA.

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