The 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, 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. Know of a brand that’s not on this list? Add a comment below… we’ll verify and add it.
Our Favorite GMO-Free Brands:
To view a list of GMO-free brands that we love best—because they are family- or privately-owned rather than corporate storefronts, AND because they go out of their way to educate, support, and inform the public about GMOs—please visit our other page: Family-Owned Organic Brands.
All GMO-Free Brands:
Note #1: some of these brands and products are organic, others are not organic, even if they are still GMO-free.
Note #2: some 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,” click here.)
Depending on where you live, these “corporate organic” brands might be your only choice for purchasing organic food. And that’s okay. But if you’ve got a choice, please try to purchase products from the brands *without* red text wherever possible, as these companies are truly non-GMO… in terms of their product, their philosophy, and their financial support for our Right to Know.
Note #3: If you love searchable databases, you can find a product-by-product listing of items have received Non-GMO Project certification (regardless of whether they are owned by a corporation or a family), right here.
- 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.
- Almond Breeze: see Blue Diamond below.
- Alvarado Street Bakery: certified organic whole grain breads made in a worker-owned bakery.
- 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. Unfortunately Hormel purchased them in February 2015.
- 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. Unfortunately this small independent company was purchased by Post Foods in 2013, a company that has consistently donated to fight GMO labeling.
- Barbara’s: Non-GMO Project certified cereals; owned by Wheetabix International.
- 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.
- Benito’s Hot Sauce: five flavors of Benito’s hot sauce are currently certified by the Non-GMO Project; there are three more awaiting certification.
- Better Than Bouillon: while not all of their products are organic, they do offer four USDA Organic bouillon bases: mushroom, seasoned vegetable, turkey, and roasted chicken.
- Biotta: a Swiss organic juice company offering 30 natural juices, from classic vegetable varieties to their Biotta Bio Energy drink.
- Blue Diamond: although their tinned almond products have not been certified, their “Almond Breeze” brand of almond milk has been certified by the Non-GMO Project.
- Bob’s Red Mill: family-owned, GMO-free provider of baking mixes and specialty flours including gluten-free options.
- Bonne Maman: this French-based company recently received Non-GMO Project Certification for their fruit preserves, jams and jellies.
- Bragg Foods: apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salad dressings, marinades, and liquid aminos either certified by USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project.
- Bueno Foods: this family-owned, New Mexico-based manufacturer has a separate line called BUENATURAL® that includes organic corn, blue corn, and whole wheat tortillas (not to mention green and red chili, all natural vegetarian tamales, and all natural stews made with free-range chicken and organic posole), all made without preservatives or additives. All of their tortillas are traditionally stone ground using volcanic rocks for authentic texture. Can’t find them in your local store? Order online from Spud.com.
- Cadia: owned by KeHE Distributors, this company manufacturers a variety of products, ranging from vinegars, oils and condiments, to dried and preserved fruit, cereals, canned and dried beans, chips, crackers, peanut and other nut butters, juices, and frozen vegetables. The majority of these products are USDA Organic certified.
- Carla Lee’s Nut Burgers: this family-owned company offers non-GMO vegan burgers, taco “meat,” and “meatballs.” Three out of four of their products are also USDA Organic certified.
- 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: this family-owned company sells starters for yogurt, sourdough and kombucha (and other products) that are GMO-free.
- Dave’s Killer Bread: USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Certified breads; formerly family-owned and operated, it was bought by Flowers Foods Inc., a Georgia-based bread giant, in August 2015.
- Dr. Bronner’s: organic and fair trade soaps, coconut oil, and body care products.
- Dr. Paulo’s Kona Coffee and Macadamia Nuts: Non-GMO producer in Hawai’i
- EarthBound Farm: the nation’s largest producer of organic produce is owned by WhiteWave (a corporation that has become a better advocate for GMO labeling since their separation from Dean Foods).
- 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.
- Erewhon Cereals: see Attune
- 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.
- Farm Soy Foods is a family-owned company that’s doing tofu the right way—hand made and USDA certified organic—for over 40 years!
- Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin and Squash Products: this woman-owned company makes canned organic pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potato puree, and pumpkin pie mix certified by both USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project.
- 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.
- Frontier Co-Op / Family Foods: see Simply Organic.
- Garden of Eatin: Manufacturer of chips, salsas and other snack foods. (Owned by Hain Celestial; see note* below)
- Genisoy: see note* below
- Giant Foods’ Nature’s Promise: this is the “in-house label” for the Giant food store chain (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and DC area). According to their website, “All of our Nature’s Promise® organic products meet the standards of the USDA National Organic Program.” They also claim that you can identify their organic products by the USDA Organic Seal (as well as their in-house Organic Banner) on the package.
- 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.
- Helios Organic Kefir: privately owned by Lifeway Kefir.
- 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.
- Hunter Cattle: 100% grass-fed and pastured beef, pork, sheep, turkey and chicken, located in Georgia and South Carolina
- 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.
- Lakewood Juices: 4th generation independently-owned manufacturer of fresh-pressed 100% pure organic and premium juices, with no additives or artificial ingredients of any kind.
- Larabar: this manufacturer of snack / protein bars is very committed to their non-GMO position; unfortunately they are owned by General Mills, who continues to donate millions of dollars each year 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!).
- Living Harvest: see Tempt
- Lundberg Family Farms: GMO-free provider of rice and wild rice foods including raw rice, soups and convenience foods.
- Maranatha Nut Butters: USDA Organic certified nut butters. (Maranatha makes no mention of any stance about GMOs on their website, and they are owned by Hain Celestial—a corporation that is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association which strongly opposes GMO labeling, and has never “put their money where their mouth is” when it comes to supporting GMO labeling.)
- 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.
- Naked Juice: after national pressure from a class action lawsuit, Naked Juice decided to get Non-GMO Project Certification (on all but a few of their drinks). They are still, however, owned by PepsiCo.
- 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: see Giant Foods’ Nature’s Promise above.
- Newman’s Own: makers of GMO-free, organic snacks, popcorn, cookies, candy, vinegars, oils, salad dressings, dried fruit, coffee, tea and pet foods.
- NOW Foods: family-owned makers of nuts and seed snacks, dried fruit, supplements, oils, protein powders, and body care products—some of which is organic. Check the label and choose those with USDA Organic and/or Non-GMO Project Certification insignias.
- Nutburgers: see Carla Lee’s Nutburgers.
- 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.
- Organicville: woman / family-owned makers of sauces (pasta, pizza, teriyaki and more), dressings, condiments, and other foods.
- 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 Naturkost: this Bavaria-founded company exceeds USDA Organic standards by adhering to the “Demeter” level of certification on all of their products, including baking ingredients, sweeteners, cocoa powder, noodles and pasta, rice, oils and vinegars, dried fruits, tomato products and sauces, spreads, seasonings and spices, grains, legumes, and more.
- 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. As of April 2014, Rudi’s was purchased by Hain Celestial.
- 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.
- Simply Organic / Frontier Co-Op: spices, dip mixes, flavors and extracts, ready-to-make gravy and sauce mixes, salad dressings, and pasta sauces. Frontier Co-Op is the parent company for Simply Organic, though they manufacture the same / similar spices and blends.
- 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.
- Sneakz Organic Shakes: these vegetable-packed “milkshakes” are certified USDA Organic and made with organic raw cane sugar. As aptly stated on their website, Sneakz “takes vegetables from YUCK to YUM with USDA organic products that deliciously disguise a mix of five nutrient-rich vegetables.” Plus they’re made without carrageenan, tree nuts, or soy, and are all gluten-free.
- 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*.)
- Starwest Botanicals: bulk herbs, spices, seasonings, sprouting seeds, loose tea, essential oils and herbal extracts—some of which are USDA Organic.
- 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.
- Target Simply Balanced: as Target states in their Simply Balanced FAQ document, only “plant-based ingredients in Simply Balanced Products are Non-GMO.” This means any ingredient, additive or byproduct sourced from dairy (such as the milk included in the Simply Balanced wheat crackers), or meat (such as their homestyle turkey meatballs) is NOT GMO-free. However… Target is getting more and more of the products in their Simply Balanced line certified under either USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project… so be sure to choose ONLY those Simply Balanced products that ALSO bear the USDA Organic and/or Non-GMO Project insignia on the label.
- Tasty Brand: organic / GMO-free candy, cookies and fruit snacks.
- Teddie Peanut Butter: located in Everett, Massachusetts, this family-owned and operated company offers two USDA Organic certified peanut butters (chunky and creamy).
- Tempt: non-GMO Project Certified hemp milk, hemp yogurt, and hemp tofu, all in various flavors.
- 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.
- Traditional Medicinals: independently owned maker of organic herbal teas
- Tropical Traditions: family-owned company offering organic / non-GMO coconut oil, soaps, skin care products, pasta, and more.
- Udi’s Gluten Free: only a few of Udi’s granola bars have been certified by the Non-GMO Project as GMO-Free; their breads are NOT certified. See their FAQ page about GMOs.
- 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 (located in New York, Pennsyvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia): 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. However as long-time members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, an organization that consistently donates millions of dollars to fight GMO labeling measures, we’ve moved them from our favorite list of “family owned GMO free brands” to this page. Note: one of our blog readers has reported a marked increase in the number of conventional products in the food aisles, and growing employee dissatisfaction with a more “corporate-minded” store management approach.
- Wheat Montana: family owned and operated producer of non-GMO Project verified flour.
- 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.)
- Wholesome Sweeteners: this company offers a wide range of USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project certified sugars, sweeteners, and syrups. Originally formed as a joint venture between two larger sugar manufacturers; the majority shares were purchased in 2012 by the Arlon Group, private equity investors in middle-market food and agriculture businesses. We can find no information about the Arlon Group’s stance regarding GMOs, though they are showing a pattern of increased investment in organics as the consumer trend continues to shift that way.
- 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.
- Wolfgang Puck Organic Soups: owned by Campbell Soup company.
- 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.
- Zulka: family-owned company and makers of “Morena®” brand pure cane sugar, certified by the Non-GMO Project.
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.
- Bartels Farms: Eugene, Oregon based ranch offering a line of certified organic beef
- 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.
- Good Earth Farms: USDA Organic, pasture-raised meat including grass-fed beef, pork, turkey and chicken located in Wisconsin.
- Grass Run Farms: in the upper Midwest U.S. offers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, though there is no mention about USDA Organic certification.
- Hickory Nut Gap Farm: near Asheville, NC, offering grass fed and finished beef, and pastured chickens and pork… there’s no mention of organic, so they are probably not certified, but it sounds like they’re doing this right? Check firsthand…
- Jones Creek Beef: these beef cattle are NOT raised organic, but DO eat nothing but grass their entire lives. According to the farm’s website, they believe a 100% grass diet is comparable to organic.
- Long Valley Ranch Beef: Oregon source for 100% grass pasture-raised beef without antibiotics, hormones, or animal byproducts.
- Nature’s Reserve Grass Fed Beef: raised in Australia, inspected by the USDA, and shipped to the U.S.
- Maple Heights Farm in central Massachusetts (Westminster near Mt. Wachusett) is a Certified Organic Farm that has a beef operation. Beef is 100% grass-fed on the farm’s certified organic fields. Organic hay is preserved for winter feed. Open to the public on Saturday morning from 7:30 until 10:00 or by appointment. Their products are also sold at http://www.MassLocalFood.org, an online farmers’ market and Westminster Farmers’ Market.
- 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.
- Verde Farms Organic Beef: USDA Organic and grass fed / finished beef.
- Watkins Cattle Company: family-owned ranch lands north of Los Angeles offers their strictly pasture-raised beef through area farmers markets, food stores and restaurants. No antibiotics, hormones, steroids, corn or grain is ever used.
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 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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Thank you for the list. This is extremely helpful
You are most welcome!
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….
1. Monsanto OWNS the goverments (U.S. and Canada)!
2. Any time a “Brand Name” mega corporation buys out an organics company; the product becomes anything BUT ‘organic’. Take my word on this. Fraud, Lies, Deception and Illusion, is what the corporate world is all about!
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…
Applegate Farms recently sold out to Monsanto.
They were purchased by Hormel, not Monsanto. 🙂
yes but hormel is owned by monsanto and has gmo food..
Eric, Hormel DOES use GMO ingredients in their products, however Monsanto owns NO food labels / manufacturers. Unfortunately there was a graphic that circulated widely among social media and blogs over a year ago, called “Companies owned by Monsanto,” which was terribly misleading and no doubt the source of the confusion.
Maple Heights Farm in Central Massachusetts (Westminster near Mt. Wachusett) is a Certified Organic Farm that has a beef operation. Beef is 100% grass-fed on the farms Certified Organic Fields. Organic Hay is preserved for winter feed. Open to the public on Saturday morning from 7:30 until 10:00 or by appointment. Also at http://www.MassLocalFood.org, an online farmers’ market and Westminster Farmers’ Market.
You’ve been added, thanks for your patience!
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!
Barbara’s also will not say they are Gmo free.
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?
Barbara’s is now working to go GMO-free.They have a whole list of already GMO-free verified products. See their website: http://barbaras.com/commitment/non-gmo-commitment/
We definitely appreciate Barbara’s efforts to become certified by the Non-GMO Project.
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. 🙂
If a company apposes GMO labeling they ARE supporting Monsanto and any other company who manufactures anything GMO. A company must align with non Gmo or GMO. Any company who chooses to gain from not taking a stance is not worthy of support. I thank the RED statements as excellent information so that we, the consumer can support a company which is committed to the cause of REAL FOOD.
I have a hard time finding non gmo coffee and non gmo white rice. If anyone uses these products please email me. Thanks
Monica, as listed above, Lundberg Family Farms offers non-gmo white rice. Here is a direct link to their product page: http://www.lundberg.com/Products/Rice.aspx. If you can not find the product in your local store, I have a list of online shopping websites here: https://gmo-awareness.com/shopping-list/online-organic-shopping/
As for non-GMO coffee, if you buy USDA Organic coffee, by USDA standards, it is required to be non-GMO.
Last but not least, this website will help you find products that have been certified by the Non-GMO Project: http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/
I’m new to this, but I thought rice was not a genetically modified crop? Do I still need to worry about making sure my rice is organic?
Well Megan, at the moment there is no GMO rice in the stores that I know of, but there are all sorts of genetically modified rice strains being grown (out in the open no less); take a look at the link to a database that lets you look up what GMO crops are being tested on a state by state basis (as posted on my Facebook last year): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=387582661330570&set=pb.116246468464192.-2207520000.1362123258&type=3&theater Remember too, organic products are grown with far less pesticides (and a whole bunch of other ecologically worthy methods).
Thank you so much! With one child with a rare disease involving food intolerances and another with 15+ food allergies (and no family history of allergies on either side) I am quickly becoming passionate about this subject and wholeheartedly believe our food supply is the reason for my children’s illnesses. I am so happy to find your website and have linked it on my Facebook group I just started for avoiding GMO’s. Thank you for all you do! I may be bugging you on occasion with other questions… 🙂
You are so welcome! I truly believe that moms of kids with allergies will become the force that turns the tide of food in our country. Nothing comes between a mother and protecting her children! And hooray for you raising more awareness!!! If you have’t heard of them yet, check out the Moms Across America group. And feel free to send me a private FB message so I can cross-post about your page too. ❤ More questions always welcome!
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.
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. 🙂
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:
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.
You are so kind to share this. I’ve added them to the growing list above, thank you!!!
Organic Valley is gmo free
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.
I kind of agree but on a different level, with trusting the non-GMO label more than USDA organic. I have a cousin who sells pesticides to farms. Sales people don’t really discriminate. You can be certified organic and still use pesticides. They just have to be under a certain ppm when tested. So thinking they are pesticide free is unrealistic. I feel like the label is used as an appeasement, so you can feel really good about your purchases. Remember the USDA makes the food pyramid and is in charge of guidelines that OKs frozen pizza and canned corn as part of a healthy, balanced school lunch. Just realize that farming is a gamble and any sane person will do what it takes to reduce risk, even when working within certification parameters. The only real way to know where your food comes from is to hope you get a hold of non GMO seeds and grow it yourself. Not exactly feasable for the living spaces an lifestyles most people have. And that’s just the fruits and veggies part. Talk to your produce people, ask what are their farming practices. Where’s the farm? Can you visit or be introduced to the farmer? Those certifications are very expensive, prohibitively for small family farms and co ops, but they are the most likely following best practices at least more so than regional retailers. We have to communicate and never stop asking questions if we are to head in a healthier direction. The little things you do, matter.
USDA organic standards prohibit synthetic substances; here’s the full list of substances… it takes a bit of a chemistry lesson to wade through this, but suffice to say, the more toxic substances / pesticides are NOT allowed. As for the USDA Organic vs. Non-GMO Project argument, Non-GMO Project Certification only verifies that a product doesn’t contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients (or as their website states, less than 0.9% GMOs). Even though a product may display Non-GMO Project Certification insignia and indeed be free of GMOs, it can still be laden with toxic (prohibited) pesticide residues including RoundUp, as well as antibiotics, Hexane, and other less-desirable residues from conventional agriculture.
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.
It is a soft kill and it isn’t just the chemical companies behind it. The globalist bankers who run the world want to take over the USA and incorporate it into a communistic global rule, but they need to kill off a bunch of Americans first. One of their methids is to poison Americans off. Sounds out there but that is their goal. It is called the New World Order.
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.
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!
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!
Thanks for the information… the politics around this issue make it difficult to navigate. I have opted AGAINST joining march or protests ‘against’ anything… and focus my energy on voting with my dollar –per se. Do you know if organic farms have access to the same farm subsidies that the larger scale corporate farms have? My local farm share is fairly reasonably prices, however it only runs 25 weeks of the year–and they can’t grow corn due to all of the larger corporate owned farms in the area.
No, organic farms are left out of Farm Bill subsidies, as we posted about recently: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=486652044756964&set=a.116251388463700.29198.116246468464192 (sorry for the delayed reply, for some reason WordPress did not alert me to your follow-up comment!) :-\
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.
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.
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
Will do, thanks so much for the tip!!
I thought Silk was owned by White Wave Foods. Would you clarify?
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.
everyone knows monsanto owns lots of these products you are naming?
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.
Yes I WOULD LIKE A LIST OF FAMILY OWNED ORGANIC BRANDS,WHICH EXCLUDE ALL THOSE MONSANTO CORPORATE BRANDS..
The link is included in Note #3 above. 🙂
monsanto did buy whole foods right? or was that just a rumor?
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.
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!
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?
Thank you! I don’t buy their eggs.. I have a farmer for those and a market that sells local.
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?
rigoni di asiago jams and marmalades are labeled “usda organic” and “non gmo project verified” ..
my rigoni di asiago jam is labeled “ingredients: wild strawberries, apple juice, pectin” ..
Pacific Natural Foods?
Ahh, glaring omission, thanks James, they’re added!
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: https://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!
Where is Kashi brand foods in all of this?
Some of Kashi’s products have received Non-GMO Project Certification; read more here. There was quite an uproar over this last year; feel free to read more in this article.
TK Ranch Alberta
Hello! This page is focused on food brands / manufacturers, but we’ve added them to our “online shopping” page here… thanks for the alert! https://gmo-awareness.com/shopping-list/online-organic-shopping/
Costco brand organic chicken and meat…Kirkland
Thanks Maureen! Costo’s organic products are listed above under the Kirkland brand.
Fields of Athenry Farm – Purcellville,Virginia
Looks like an awesome farm! This page is focused on food brands / manufacturers… but thanks so much for the heads up to everyone!
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…
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.
Dear Mary, we are delighted to add you to our “Online Organic Shopping” page. Thanks so much for your ranch’s hard work to bring us all healthier food options!
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.
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.
Thanks Colleen; I’ve added them!
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.
You are most welcome! I was the same… I wanted a list of what I *could* buy, rather than what I couldn’t. Glad you found it helpful!
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!
What about the brand horizon
They have a history of shady practices, but they do comply with USDA Organic certification.
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. 🙂
Very best of luck and lots of kudos to you!
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.
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! 😀 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).
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.
You are most welcome. Have you seen our “Organic coupons” page? Hopefully those links and tips will help with affordability!
What about KIND Snacks? Says non GMO on the packages.
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.
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).
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.
Agreed in full… we can only hope it’s the next step in consumer awareness leading to an eventual ban…
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.?
Here is a handy list of GMO free seeds. MAKE IT SOW does not seem to be included on this list.
I have searched for my answer and can’t find, please help: Is Publix (grocery store) organic brand – Greenwise – non GMO?
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!
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/
Ohhh thank you for the reminder! We did this graphic on our Facebook page back in Halloween, and forgot to update this website page with the same companies! Glad you said something. 🙂
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! 🙂
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? 🙂
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 (:
You are very welcome!
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!
I am sorry I forgot to thank you for this valuable information. Thank you.
You are most welcome. Thanks for becoming aware and don’t forget to share the awareness!
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 🙂
You are most welcome! Glad to hear you have a convenient option nearby!
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.
as for the canola part you’re making that up not everyone of them in that list has them because people can check the ingriedents in the back you troll
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
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 🙂
You are most welcome, glad we could help! 🙂
Do Joseph’s Cookies have any GMO? Thank you.
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
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,
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.
Richards Grass Fed Beef — here’s their website: http://www.richardsgrassfedbeef.com/
Thanks Bryan! Adding now. 🙂
This is very helpful information!!!!! Thanks:)
Very welcome Janice!
I’m enjoying reading your blog. I’m wondering if all non-GMO crops that are non-organic use pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. Thanks!
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.
Okay thanks for your response. That’s what I was wondering!
can we trust all the brands that are listed on the nongmoproject website
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. 🙂
Thank you for this! What about, Tofurkey? It’s a staple in my veg house.
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.
I am a senior citizen and buy food in the supermarket with my EBT (food stamps) card. I wonder if I could buy organic foods online with my EBT card?
Richard I would recommend contacting the online website to ask…
Please notify me of any other harmful foods.
Robert we do not maintain an email list of harmful food notification alerts. However you are welcome to bookmark this page as we do try to keep it updated fairly regularly.
You guys are all nut jobs. No GMO, but I drive a vehicle with pollution effects that kill thousands of living things. Sorry, electric cars don’t count, where do you think the battery systems go when they’re no longer serviceable? Grow your own food if it means that much to you. Self sustainability should be much higher on your list than who sells you what.
I emailed Maranatha last night (their very popular for their peanut butter) to ask if they used GMO anything in their peanut butter, they replied today saying they do not use anything GMO and are pro GMO labeling.
You are correct, Maranatha’s USDA Organic peanut butters do not contain any GMOs (USDA Organic is usually GMO free). Although they claim to be pro-GMO labeling, they have never financially supported it, they make no mention about GMOs on their website, and they are owned by Hain Celestial, a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association that has donated millions to prevent GMO labeling. (Sorry to be the bearer of less than happy news!)
I love this list and added details. Can you tell me what the status is regarding “Open Nature” brand being sold in Carrs Grocery stores? Thank you for your research.
Give us some time to look into this…
Please, please read, “Why America is Sick,” by Dr. David Henderson. He is a dear friend, a life changer, and a life saver! I promise!
Thanks so much for the head’s up about this book, we’ll be adding it to our “Books to Read” page!
Have ordered from and highly recommend http://www.goodearthfarms.com as a source for organic, pastured beef, chicken and pork.
Thanks so much Cheryl! We’ve added them!
I found your website while searching for producers of canned and frozen non-GMO corn. Although I’m a long-time co-op shopper in Seattle, I didn’t know about your website, so I’m really delighted to have found it! I’m from the South originally and miss cream-style (no hull, no dairy product) corn, which I have not found as non-GMO. I’m hoping to interest some producer in offering it, so your website is a very useful resource! Thank you.
You are so welcome. You may have walked right by me in the aisle of PCC and never known it. 😉 I’ll be on the lookout for USDA Organic cream-style corn now!
I found some non_GMO corn tortillas that I do not see listed above. There are made by Buenatural. Ahhh, a native New Mexican company!!!
Oh, great tip Donnie, thank you! Adding them now…
Please check-out Biotta, http://www.biotta.ch/en, a Swiss organic juice (ie beetroot, carrot, sauerkraut) company. I am asuming their products are GMO free.
My understanding is that for the most part Europe has resisted embracing GMOs. Might this explain why the topic isn’t even mentioned on their website?? A non-issue?
Not a label easy to find. I did buy their beetroot juice at Sprouts here in SoCal yesterday.
They go into great detail about organic on their website, and given that the majority of their products are nothing but pure vegetable and fruit juice (no added sugars or other ingredients that might include GMOs), we feel fairly confident about adding them. The only question might be their “Energy” drink, which includes “natural caffeine” (with no further explanation of its source).
Watkins Cattle Company in Ojai, Ca!
Thank you… added!
This is especially important when growing fruits and vegetables.
Planting the seeds at the right time is essential if you want good crops and healthy fish, so monitor the quality of your water permanently, before and after planting.
Constructing these vertical farm units will develop a closed
in system where waste products, air, water and minerals,
needed by plants and vegetables to thrive, will be recycled within the building.
It helps to increase the nutrient uptake and protein content and thus,
improves the overall quality and productivity.
Chemical run off is a huge problem with fields.
What about Deans Milk?
Assuming you are referring to Dean Foods, the corporate entity responsible for the various dairy brands Land O’Lakes, Garelick Farms, Alta Dena, Country Fresh, Berkeley Farms, and Mayfield Dairy… you can read their views about GMOs on this page, complete with a link to an industry sponsored pro-GMO website called GMO Facts. In short, they do not believe their milk contains any GMOs, because they do not believe that animals fed GMO feeds (which all of their dairy animals consume) carries through to the milk. Given these opinions, Dean Foods will likely never be on this list.
where is blue diamond growers their products say it’s non gmo
Good catch! Adding them now, thank you.
here is the site http://www.bluediamond.com/index.cfm?navid=207#q4
why is silk milk in the list? It has GMO and has to be REMOVED. I can’t believe I”m being cheated by them
Because Silk Soymilk is both certified by the Non-GMO Project and depending on your area, certified as USDA Organic as well. Don’t take our word for it… http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/search/?brandId=293
http://zulka.com/faqs/ is a family owned brand and joined the non gmo project with their sugar and other products
Thanks! Adding to both pages now.
HINDOE Rice told me their rice has non gmo they said “Hi Feil, Hinode Medium Grain Calrose White and Brown Rice that is grown in California has an established GMO Free Sourcing Goal. Our organization will continue to work with other rice growing regions around the world to develop testing and documentation in support of additional GMO Free Sourcing Goals. Thank you for your question and your interest in Hinode Rice!” They did not join the non gmo project though
Valuable information that the world needs to know
I would like to know more information on the company Juice Plus+ which has a complete wholefood based drink that includes low processed water washed soy protein. The soy is sourced in the US and the company states it is non GMO however I am not yet convinced and would love some feedback from you.
Angie, if there is a USDA Organic and/or a Non-GMO Project Certified emblem on their label, their soy protein must be sourced organically. If you do not see one or both of those emblems, we’d recommend you avoid it. We too are not willing to trust a statement on a website without third party verification (USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project certification).
Is this list current? Looks better than most I have seen.
We keep it up as well as we can. You can also check the Non-GMO Project’s website for a current list of their certified GMO free brands.
Nature’s reserves 100% grass fed beef
Bartels Farms (In partnership with Hartley Ranch Angus Beef) – I just found this ground beef at our local Food Lion Grocery (chain) store. Bartels’ packaging says:
100% Vegetarian Diet
Raised w/o Antibiotics
No added growth hormones
Raised humanely with sustainable ranching practices. Born, raised, and harvested in USA. Eugene, OR
Now I have no idea if this labeling is verified, but it’s certainly worth looking into! Keep doing what you’re doing, thank you!
Looks like they’re offering an organic beef line now… thanks for the head’s up! http://www.bartelsnw.com/certified-organic-beef.php
thank you I love this list I will save it on my email
Aldi carries friendly farms dairy.
I can’t find any information on how they feed their cows. Are they GMO free?
and thank you so much for this website. I stumbled across it looking up other information and it is extremely helpful 🙂
If there is a USDA Organic label on the dairy product, they are (supposedly) not feeding GMO grain to their cows.
I found this http://www.naturaldirections.com/about-natural-directions/ ironic or not this is the only organic soda I can find
This is a statement from the Aldi website. Is it true? “We know that GM food is controversial and that many of our customers don’t want to eat it. That’s why we have a ‘No GM’ policy that requires all of our own label products to be free from GM ingredients.” If it were, it would mean that all their in-house products (even the non organic ones) are GMO free.
Thanks for posting this
I will look into it
i did not see this last time I was on their site
I think I googled GMO and Aldi…and that was how I came across that statement. Perhaps their connection to Trader Joe’s makes them easier at being GMO-free? I look forward to seeing what you find out.
Wow all that money donated to fight gmo labeling from coca cola, post, general mills and so long.. Well I hope you all lose money by donating while losing customers!!
Benito’s Hot Sauce is a non gmo project verified hot sauce company from Montpelier, VT
Excellent! Thanks for the tip, we’ve added them!
Are you still unable to answer my question about ALDI?
Aldi has been discussed at length in the above page and in the comments, did you have an additional question?
I’m looking for gmo free and msg free products particularly bread. Thank you for this site.
We don’t track MSG content, however the Non-GMO breads we know of include Dave’s Killer Bread, Rudi’s Bakery, French Meadow Bakery, Grindstone Bakery, To Your Health Sprouted Bread, Wildtree Products, and Costco’s Kirkland brand Organic Ancient Grains Bread
Wheat Montana flour is a non-GMO marked flour. Available in 3+ varieties.
Besides the wheat Montana and King arthur flour, is there any other brands of flour that is also non-GMO?
Ah, thanks for the tip about Wheat Montana… we’ve added them! There are four other non-GMO flours that we’re currently aware of: Eden Foods, Arrowhead Mills, Bob’s Red Mill, and the “To Your Health” brand (sprouted GMO-free flours). Also bear in mind, any flour that carries the USDA Organic certification label is likewise GMO-free.
alvarado street bakery is usda certified organic,and so is food for life bakery …flourless breads, made from sprouted multi grains ..
Thanks so much for letting us know about this company, we’ve added them! 🙂
Hi I’m new to this page and fairly new and not really educated about organics but I have been purchasing organics trying to have a healthier diet for my family. Just trying to be honest:-) I am a little confused and I’m sorry if I’m asking something that you already talked about. I usually buy Nature’s Promise products and honest kids juice for my kids and I just want to make sure that I’m understanding right that they are both not really organic brands and are actually contributing to GMO’s? I want to make sure what I’m feeding my kids is as good as I’m thinking. Thank you in advance and thank you for having all this information for us to read:-)
Hello! Yes, this whole Organic / Non-GMO thing can get pretty confusing, can’t it! 🙂
As stated above, any of the Honest brand’s fruit juices, fruit-ades, carbonated beverages and blended tea drinks marked with the USDA Organic label means these products are non-GMO. The reason we have some brands highlighted in red is to show their underlying associations… e.g., Nature’s Promise is owned by the Coca Cola Co., which has repeatedly donated millions of dollars to oppose and defeat GMO labeling in four states. Yes, we’re splitting hairs here… but technically speaking, when you purchase this brand, your dollars are “trickling upstream” to the parent company that thinks GMOs aren’t a problem (and shouldn’t be disclosed to the public).
As for Nature’s Promise, if you visit the store’s website, you will note that this brand does nothing other than make “natural” claims (the term “natural” means next to nothing in terms of food safety labeling). Any products with the Nature’s Promise brand are NOT GMO-free **UNLESS** they ALSO have a USDA Organic label on the package.
In summary: look for the USDA Organic brand. That assures you of the best possible products (within reason). If you are also able to, avoid “corporate owned” organic brands, since the parent corporation walks both sides of the fence by owning an organic brand, while fighting GMO labeling at every turn.
What about Jones Creek Beef? It’s grass-fed but is it gmo free?
Typically, a 100% grass-fed animal would be GMO-free. We say “typically” only because genetically engineered alfalfa and bentgrass have been approved in recent years, and both can easily spread / contaminate non-GMO fields. However the main concern with GMOs and beef cattle is feeding the animals GMO corn and soy, which a 100% grass-fed animal does not receive.
Wholesome Sweeters are usda organic sweets and also they joined the non gmo project http://wholesomesweeteners.com/Products
Thanks for the reminder! We’ve added them.
Do you have any information about Kroger’s Simple Truth Organic brand?
Information about Kroger’s Simple Truth brand is already listed above (under ‘K’).
I think Grass Run farms (a brand of grass fed/finished beef found in the upper oddest/drift less area is worth mentioning.
Duly mentioned, thank you 🙂
Aldi has a simply nature ground beef this should Be on the list
Aldi is listed on this page already, down under Note #3.
Your information is obsolete about Ben & Jerry’s intending on going GMO free. In 2000, they were bought by Unilever, a big conglomerate known for being a Monsanto supporter.
Go to this link to read the “polite” explanation by Unilever on how they view GMO’s and how they will address the disclosure of their use of GMO’s in their products. http://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living-2014/our-approach-to-sustainability/responding-to-stakeholder-concerns/genetically-modified-crops/
Not entirely. We agree that being owned by Unilever is discouraging, and they’ll never be GMO free until they source organic milk from grass-fed cows, but we are proud of them for bucking the corporate pressure by being strongly PRO GMO-labeling, by beginning to use GMO-free ingredients, and by devoting 3 pages of their website to a discussion about GMOs. Even if they’re doing it purely for marketing reasons, it all helps raise awareness. 1) http://www.benjerry.com/GMO 2) http://www.benjerry.com/values and 3) http://www.benjerry.com/values/issues-we-care-about/support-gmo-labeling/our-non-gmo-standards
great! thank you for this page!
Please email a mailing address where donations can be sent to. That’s how very important and valuable the information is that you provide. Thank you so so much!
Bernice, you are an angel. We have long held the philosophy that this needs to come entirely from our own hearts and efforts… so that we can never be accused of being sponsored or controlled by an outside company. However there are a lot of organic brands we know and trust that are encouraging us to change this stance… maybe… one of these days… 🙂
Great list thank you!! Have posted it to my FB page. I didn’t see pyure organic stevia on the list
Anything containing soy is 98% chance of being GMO, even if it says “Organic”.
Organic crops are grown right next to heavily poisoned GM crops and they inter-pollenate with each other… making “organic” crops actually contain GM genes.
DONT GIVE UP, I know this is insane and overwhelming BUT all you have to do is grow your own food 😉 save your seeds and WHEN YOU BUY FOOD buy products that do not contain an ingredient that has a GMO version (or something you can’t pronounce/man made).
Bobs Red Mill, Kettle, Kashi, Annies, Cascadian and a LOT of other companies that claim to be organic & non-gmo actually contain canola, soy, corn products and other GM ingredients.
GM: Communist takeover of the US/world food supply
Stupid: Allowing the patenting of food
Smart: Try as hard as you can to resist and forgive them for (some of them) know not what they do.
We the consumer should demand that all foods be labeled, we have the power, why do not use.
Love Crunch Granola
Can you tell me if Verde Farms “organic and grass-fed” cattle are really organic and worthy to make it to ya’lls list.
Thank you so much for the awesome list!!
They appear to be saying all the right things… about grass finished (versus grass-fed and then finished on grain). The USDA Organic label provides the most assurance. 🙂
think you can add alden organic ice cream? here is the details about the faqs http://www.aldensicecream.com/questions/
Just, today, discovered your valuable site while seeking gmo free tortilla chips… Do the R.W. Garcia people ( http://www.rwgarcia.com ) get a nod?
They surely do… thanks for bringing them to our attention! (Putting them on the “Family Owned Organic” page). 🙂
please remove earth balance because they are not gmo free http://preventdisease.com/news/13/042213_Earth-Balance-Betrays-Consumers-With-False-Non-GMO-and-Organic-Claims.shtml
If an Earth Balance product displays the USDA Organic and/or Non-GMO Project certified label, we can not in good conscience remove them from this list, based on one website’s listing of ingredients that “can be” unhealthy—when not organically sourced. The whole purpose of the USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project certification processes is to ensure a manufacturer sources organic options for their ingredients… even if some of these ingredients have both organic and genetically engineered options.
so what does it mean when a non-gmo project verified product turns out to be anything but? example kettle chips now the label is on naked juice a pepsi product does this label really mean anything?
The Non-GMO Project label does not get applied to a product without a rigorous application and approval process. The same is true of products bearing the USDA Organic label. Products bearing either one of these label should indeed be GMO-free (and more and more major brands are going this direction, due to consumer pressure). Does this mean the systems are infallible? No. It just means that right now, these are the two best methods to avoid GMOs as much as possible. We wrote about this in more depth on this blog post: https://gmo-awareness.com/2011/05/05/is-organic-always-gmo-free/
Regarding Woodstock Farms organics, many of their fruits and vegetables are labeled organic, but they are “imported from China” YUK
What about Udi’s Gluten Free?
Only a few of their bars are GMO-Free; their website’s FAQ page says they’re working with the Non-GMO Project on other certifications.
From what I understand, Pamela’s Products parent company has donated over $200,000 to oppose labeling. His was from using the scanning Buycott App. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but if it’s correct, you may want to update that info on this list. Thank you.
Pamela’s Products continues to be privately owned according to corporate financial records, nor can we find any information online about a donation to oppose labeling. Perhaps Buycott has a bug…? You may want to contact them! 🙂
I did contact Pamela’s products and let them know what Buycott had listed, which is a massive error. Pamela’s actually donated towards labeling in California and Oregon. I was very happy to hear that since I love their products. They’re working on being GMO verified as well! Head of marketing is contacting Buycott to address the problem. They had the parent company and everything wrong on it. Now I know its not a reliable resource and am thankful for your list as well! Thank you for the response!
Very glad you found this out… and appreciate your letting us know (though I bet the folks at Pamela’s were ten times more appreciative!!!). We’ll be making a note about this on our page that lists Smart Phone Apps too…
BJ ANNOUNCE ORGANIC LINE MILK CEREAL FRUITS AND MEAT. SOME PRODUCTS ARE GMO FREE. IS IT TRUE?
MILK ORGANIC CLAIM BY WELSEY FARM
Greek helios organic la rose free non gmo
List goes on…Could you please verify? THANK YOU
We were unable to identify the first two products you’ve listed; Helios Organic Kefir is already listed.
Hello do you have any information on Angie’s popcorn?? I know they are nonGMO project verified and they have recently released some certified Organic popcorns.
You might also want to add Naked juice and smoothies who just recently aquired the Non-Gmo seal they are owned by Pepsi
Thanks for the head’s up Eric! We’re told it took a class action lawsuit for them to do it. 😉 Note: some Naked juices contain more sugar than a can of soda. Compare Naked Green Machine to Mountain Dew the next time you’re in the grocery store. 🙂
I just wanted to mention – I do not trust Bob’s Red Mill products. They use a facility that processes soy – they do not clarify whether or not this is GMO corn or not, PLUS – I have written to them several times about this issue and asking about GMO’s and they never even bother to respond. I usually have a reaction if I eat anything GMO, and had a strong one after using their baking yeast, and some of their wheat flours (wheat is now sprayed with glyphosate just before harvest). I do not trust them anymore, and have stopped buying all their products. It has been over 3 years since Non-GMO Project came into existence, and I have asked them several times to get certified, and they have not done so. Last month, I even saw one of their products contain canola oil!!! I do not believe they are committed to food safety for their consumers.
I’m sure this has been asked I have not read any of the comments. I’m eating more and more organic and would like to know if Natures Promise brand is organic. Especially their meats I keep meaning to look up where they are raised but they say they are grass fed and range free (chickens). I would really like to know because their meats are very expensive but look much plumper than most other brands. I also eat their ground turkey so PLEASE add this to the list or if anyone else has other sources please let me know.
According to Giant Food’s website, “All of our Nature’s Promise® organic products meet the standards of the USDA National Organic Program.” In other words, choose ONLY those Nature’s Product brands that say “Organic” (and/or display the USDA Organic insignia on the package label). We could find nothing on their website that says or substantiates “grass fed and range free.”
Also, any info on Cal-Organic Farms?
Try Springer Mountain Chicken. Based in US and supposedly free range chicken. I’m pretty sure they are also GMO-free because of what they feed their chicken. I would love to see them on the list.
We’ve investigated their website thoroughly, and while they do state all of the right things, including “they (chickens) only receive a vegetarian diet of American-grown, pesticide-free grains,” they have not taken the extra step to get third party certification (as far as we can tell from their website). As much as we’d like to trust their statements, we’d also like to see them validate these statements independently. 🙂
While I greatly appreciate this list, and will only buy products that are GMO free and while I realize that you can’t purchase everything at a farmers market, I GREATLY encourage you to visit and shop at your local farmers market. It takes the guess work out of buying your fruits, veggies, meats, and some baked goods. Support your local farmers and their organic produce and meats!!!!!!!!!!
Blissings GMO Awareness~
Great job on information…. Please add our name of companies to your list! OneTeam Humanity Foods, dba: Carla Lee’s NutBurgers. We’ve gone fully organic and have been NON-GMO since day one. I’m a fierce front line Warrior on radio and TV discussing GMO’s and other toxins being laced in our foods.
We’ve received top pick at Natural Products Expo West, East and Singapore Hotel & Food Asia 2014 with a “nuttin but love from Mama Earth” nut-based, organic, NON-GMO, Gluten-Free, vegan “love in a box” line-up: NutBurgers, Original and Thai Coconut, NutBalls and NutTacos. We’re growing a loyal NutBurger family and would very much value the shout out and support. We’re one of our new benevolent enterprise models that believe building sustainable and thriving communities begin when Leaders and Manufacturers put the highest good of the People, our humanity, before profits. We’re walk our talk and love companies who are calling out the toxins. I say, our ignorance is no longer bliss it’s deadly.
Please feel free to contact me for anything you might needs.
Carla Lee Johnston
Founder & CEO
OneTeam Humanity Foods
dba: Carla Lee’s NutBurgers
Direct: (949) 735-2939
Thanks for contacting us Carla Lee, and for crafting healthy GMO-free food! We’ll be happy to add you. One question: on your website, under the “Products” section, you show three products with the USDA Organic insignia on the box (Original Nut Burgers, Nut Tacos, and Nutballs). On the Thai Coconut flavor, the USDA insignia is missing. Has this product also gone “fully organic” and the website image just needs to be updated?
Hilliary Clinton is a big supporter of GMO and Monsanto. Google “Clintons and Monsanto”.
You’re kidding me??
What’s the status of Ak-mak products?
According to their website, they are still using 100% organically grown wheat, and “several other” ingredients are organic but “may not be listed as such.” Without third party certification, we are not prepared to add them to our GMO-Free Brands list.
I enjoy Organic products from a company called Simply Balanced, sold mostly at Target stores. I noticed this company was not on your list. Can you tell me why?
We’ve been hesitant because not all Simply Balanced products are GMO-free. As Target states in their Simply Balanced FAQ document, only “plant-based ingredients in Simply Balanced Products are Non-GMO.” This means any ingredient, additive or byproduct sourced from dairy (such as the milk included in the Simply Balanced wheat crackers), or meat (such as their homestyle turkey meatballs) is NOT GMO-free. However Target is getting more and more of the products in the Simply Balanced line certified under either USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project… so it’s probably time we add them… though we recommend choosing ONLY those Simply Balanced products that ALSO bear the USDA Organic and/or Non-GMO Project insignia on the label.
What about the simply balanced brand from Target?
We’ve been hesitant because not all Simply Balanced products are GMO-free. As Target states in their Simply Balanced FAQ document, only “plant-based ingredients in Simply Balanced Products are Non-GMO.” This means any ingredient, additive or byproduct sourced from dairy (such as the milk included in the Simply Balanced wheat crackers), or meat (such as their homestyle turkey meatballs) is NOT GMO-free. However Target is getting more and more of the products in the Simply Balanced line certified under either USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project… so it’s probably time we add them… though we recommend choosing ONLY those Simply Balanced products that ALSO bear the USDA Organic and/or Non-GMO Project insignia on the label.
HOW ABOUT ADDING WILD OATS BRAND – IT’S ORGANIC. I BELIEVE IT IS EXCLUSIVELY SOLD AT WALMART.
Walmart’s Wild Oats brand is already included in this list.
Is TreeTop brand juice and other products GMO-free?
Unless you see a USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project Certified sticker on their label, they are NOT GMO-free.
I’m looking for non gmo peanut butter. I think I’m going to try Teddy’s because it doesn’t have sugar or added oils. But I checked your list and wasn’t able to find it. Thanks.
If you are referring to the Teddie brand, some of their nut butters are USDA Organic (i.e., non-GMO), others are labeled “All Natural” (which can contain GMOs unless otherwise stated). We’ve not heard of this brand, so thanks for bringing it to our attention!
Is Wahoo Chili non gmo because my father ate 2 hamburgers with the wahoo mixed and became I’ll on the second burger.
Unless you see a “USDA Organic” or “Non-GMO Project Certified” insignia on the product package, there’s a strong chance the product contains GMOs. That said, there are many reasons for becoming ill after eating something; your best best is to consult your doctor.
Hello. Thank you for reading my message.
We have been enjoying Simply Nature milk for about a month now. I am glad to be able to contact you as I wanted to ask you about what the cows that the milk came from are fed. Are they free of hormones and all the other bad stuff that commercial cows are given. It says “organic” in the milk carton, but only organic; not “grass-fed” cows, “no hormones” given, etc. so I wanted to write to ask. Before we started getting Simply Nature milk at Aldi’s, we were getting Horizon milk at a Green Earth store and then saw it at our local grocer, so we started getting it there. We were paying $4 something a carton for the half-gallon Horizon milk; while I thought that was high, I was just glad to be able to get milk that didn’t have the extras that were not good for us. Then the Horizon half-gallon milk went up to over $6; it was maybe two weeks later that we were in Aldi’s and checked to see if they had organic, grass-fed, no hormones cows milk. We got a carton of Simply Nature to see if we liked it. It tastes just as good as Horizon and the price is a lot more acceptable to the pocket book. Horizon lists it on their carton that their cows are 100% grass-fed, with no hormones given to them and that it is organic. I really want to stay away from GMO’s, the hormones and the corn fed animals.
I look forward to receiving your reply. Thank you again for reading my message.
Aldi’s Simply Nature brand is addressed at the top of this page. We are unable to verify first-hand (as we don’t live in Texas), but we’re told that their Simply Nature brand bears the USDA Organic label. If this is not what you’re seeing, if the label on this milk simply says “Organic” and you can find NO round, green and white “USDA Organic” insignia on the package, that would cause us to say “hmm” too (for more details about organic and GMOs, this page of our website goes into great detail). Bear in mind, USDA Organic does NOT mean that the cows were grass-fed. They can still receive grain, but it is required to be 100% organic (i.e., non-GMO) grain. USDA Organic DOES prohibit “added growth hormones” (and antibiotics). Read more about these requirements here >
So sad when daves killer bread should to a gmo company 😦 http://althealthworks.com/7433/fast-growing-organic-breadmaker-gobbled-up-by-strongly-pro-gmo-corporation/
You should also put down living harvest or tempt who make non gmo hemp milk,hemp yogort and i just recently found out that created the first tofu made from hemp which also bears the non gmo seal
Thanks for letting us know; we’ve added them!
Thank you for this list. I’m new to veganism. I’m diabetic and have severe hypertension. Making the switch to whole foods diet. This will making shopping a bit easier! 😊
You are most welcome… wishing you a positive return to health!
KUDOS, KUDOS, KUDOS! I have been a long time believer, purchaser and word of mouth educator to friends and family about eating organic and home grown vegetables and home made food. It warms my heart to see the huge movement happening and the awakening of the sleeping people. Great website and spot on information! !!!!! Keep it up.
Thanks very much 🙂
Would like to know about Stop and Shops organic brand Natures Promise.
We’ve listed Nature’s Promise under Giant Foods above.
Back with more stuff. Endangered species chocolate produces Non-Gmo dark and milk chocolate and spreads in various flavors also 10% of all purchases goes to helping endangered species.
Crofters who produce premium spreads in various flavors mango raspberry blueberry etc their premium spreads use organic cane sugar to sweeten they also making just fruit spreads which use organic grape juice to sweeten it instead of cane surgar and they also make super fruit spreads which are combinations of different fruits they use less surgar and more fruit then other brands in all honesty its the best ive ever had
Also So Delicious who produce almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk yogurts and ice creams made from one of the following three all in various flavors and all baring the Non-Gmo and usda organic verifications they are also extremely inclined to there sustainability practices and with recent technology they have been able to release over 10 million gallons of water in a river in there state of orgeon which was almost completely dry for over 30 years
A brand called So Delicious! Has usda organic seal and join the non gmo product. With their non dairy milk, ice cream and others.
Hello, do you have any information on the Organic brand “Wellsley Farms” from BJ’s?
Wellsley Farms brand is not exclusively organic. Always look for products that bear the USDA Organic (and/or Non-GMO Project certification) label.
How does Back to Nature rank as a non-GMO company? Is their organic claims for just some of their products a potential problem?
Their website makes it pretty clear: Back to Nature has achieved Non GMO Project Verification on over 70 products since we began the process back in January 2015. We don’t worry about companies who offer only a portion of products as organic, provided they have the third party certification (e.g., USDA Organic label) to back them up.
Carrageenan is possibly harmful & cancerous. How much longer is it going to be in these “Good” products? When is the science experiment going to be over? How many more years til the FDA pulls it?
Any insight on the Wellesley farms canola oil sold at wholesale stores like BJs, Sams club or Costco? Please let me know if this canola oil is GMO. We have been using it for quite sometime now and I am worried now.
Any brand of canola oil must be labeled USDA Organic, or Non-GMO Project Certified, or have some sort of valid third party organic certification in order to be free of GMOs.
I hope this website is still up and running cuz I need frequent updates on these brands.
We update it as often as we can, all on a volunteer basis in between busy lives and jobs. Thanks for your patience. 🙂
Thanks for providing this information! Hickory Nut Gap Farm, near Asheville, offers grass fed and finished beef, and pastured chickens and pork. I’m not sure whether they are certified.
Does anyone know of an organic coffee “with chickory” that is available on line? Thanks!
Just went to confirm that Hunter Cattle in Brooklet GA is certified organic humane and several awards, community involvement, and education. Just my personal opinion that you might want to check them out to add to your list. They’re awesome! And so are you guys!
Added, thank you!
Kroger, unfortunately, uses “organic” canola oil in their hummus. I have read many articles on canola oil being made from genetically modified rape seed.
I just started buying formula about 2 months ago and noticed the non-gmo label on Similac Advanced with Iron (Blue label) and on another one of Similac’s formulas (Orange label). Walgreens sells both non-gmo and the same thing without the non-gmo label and there is a few dollar price difference too with the non-gmo costing $29.99 and the regular one costing $26.99 or $27.99.
Is Perdue chicken a good brand? I am new to this and I’m learning. But what is quick website to check brands while I’m grocery shopping? And is walmart brand food(greater value) a good brand? And is deli meat better than packaged sandwich meats?
– Unless the chicken says USDA Organic, no amount of “pasture” or “vegetarian feed” or “no antibiotics” would get us to buy it. But we are rather picky… 🙂
– Deli meat is typically not better than packaged meat.
– WalMart’s “Greater Value” brand contains some organic products, but mostly it’s a “lifestyle” phrase to attract consumers.
– Cornucopia Institute had this to say about WalMart’s organic milk.
– Rather than a website, you might consider downloading one of the apps listed on this page of our website, as it might be easier than consulting a website: https://gmo-awareness.com/shopping-list/smart-phone-apps/
King Arthur Flours claims that all of their flour is GMO free. They also offer organic options for all of their non-specialty flours. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/info/gmo-faqs.html I’ve been really happy with their flour for baking bread.
Natutes reserve. Is this without hormones or antibiotics and I know it is grass fed but is the grass sprayed with pesticides and chemicals are is it just grass as nature intended and no gmos ? Thank you
Their website says their cattle are hormone free, get no “added” antibiotics (that “added” term can sometimes be a loophole); and are always pastured. As for GMOs and pesticides, under “Rich Flavor” on their Home page, they indicate their cattle feed on “clover, rye and natural grains.” <– was "grains" a typo? On that same page under "Environmental Sustainability," they indicate their cattle are "100% grass-fed." If their cows are NOT eating grain (which is often GMO corn), then the only question is pesticides / weedkillers on their pastures… and it looks like you'd need to contact them to ask this, since we could find nothing about it on their website.
Do you have a non GMO list?
Not sure what you’re asking for… this page features GMO Free Brands = non GMOs. If you are looking for the more extensive list of Non-GMO Project Certified products, I’d recommend you visit their website directly.
Very nice list and thanks alot!
Why is Sara lee products is not on the list
Que Pasa Tortilla Chips I believe are organic and gmo free.
Is melaleuca food products gm free?
That would be a great question to ask them via their website contact page, as we were unable to find the answer ourselves: http://www.melaleuca.info/about/contact-us?culture=en-us
J & L Farm……
We’re a small independent farm here in the Ozarks. We specialize in total organic beef, totally grass fed from start to finish. We have absolutely NO antibiotics, NO hormones!! We use no sprays on our pastures, and feed only the hay in winter that has been grown and baled on our field. Can be seen on Facebook under Jess Hollars.
We’d love to list you but can’t find any contact info (and Facebook would not bring up the Jess Hollars profile, unfortunately).
There is a brand Called “Full Circle” that is sold by Spartan-Nash that claims to be organic. Have you heard of them?
SpartanNash’s website claims their Full Circle brand is “100% natural and/or organic and environmentally friendly.” Since the “natural” term means absolutely nothing (it’s just a marketing term in the food world) and their reference to organic comes behind an “and/or” disclaimer, these two facts would have us steering away from this brand—UNLESS you ALSO see a USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project certification label on the item.
What about Organic Valley meat and dairy products?
They bear the USDA Organic label.
If they are going to let companies hide the fact that their products contain GMO’s it is all the more important that companies who are GMO free contain large print that says so. I went to the grocery store last night with the attitude that I was going to pay more if need be, but was specifically shopping for Organic and GMO free products. It was so discourageing. Very little options and you really had to dig for the information. I found Grape Nuts, havent bought them for years, but I figured its time to support companies doing the right thing.
so sad to see that whole food betrays the organic line now… Can you please remove them since I saw it on your homepage?
You are so smart and gifted for this amazing well put very informative article. Thank you and I appreciate you for taking the time to put forth small the effort to inform others send not just yourself and your dumbly sad friends. God bless you for this SELFLESS life changing article.
What about Hodgson Mills brand? They are Non Gmo Certified.
If they have the Non-GMO Project Certification label, they should be GMO-free. Remember, the USDA Organic certification label covers even more, e.g., pesticides used in the process. 🙂
The Aldi chain of supermarkets is NOT co-owned with Trader Joe’s. They are totally separate and distinct. Look it up on Wikipedia.
Aldi Nord does indeed own Trader Joes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trader_Joe's
Laura’s beef. Is it gmo, anti-biotic, and hormone free?
Assuming you are referring to Laura’s Lean Beef, we can find nothing on their website that indicates anything other than “vegetarian” fed (which includes both grass and grain). Given that grains fed to cattle are typically GMO corn, and without any statement on their website to the contrary, we doubt this beef is GMO free. The term “natural” has no meaning. However their website does claim that the meat is free of antibiotics and hormones.
Thanks gmo awareness.com , what can i do to help?
Keep raising awareness! 🙂
Great job and thank you. I only wish the list was longer, its sad to see what has happened to our food and health care systems.
How can I get listed on your site?
Consider it done. 🙂
Many of the chocolate products from Vosges Haut-Chocolat is non-GMO I believe!
There is nothing on their website even mentioning GMOs; typically when companies take the time to source GMO-free, they publicize the fact. 🙂
Do you have any info on Wellsley Farms, the organic brand at BJ’s? Loved this list! Very informative!!
This is great; although I’m not sure why Silk does not have red writing when they are owned by a company you discredit with red in other sections. People just doing a quick check for red text might think this is a brand to support, when indeed it is NOT. Please red the text so others do not support Silk as they are the major alternative milk brand and use shady practices.
Otherwise this list is great and very helpful, thank you!
Red text does not indicate corporate status, it indicates whether or not a company is opposed to GMO labeling. The reason we no longer list Silk in red writing is due to several factors: first, they were purchased by White Wave, which separated from Dean Foods International a few years ago (we still list anything owned by Dean Foods in red). In the years since that separation, White Wave has enrolled and received organic certification across the majority of their product line (including Silk Soy Milk). They’ve also become stronger advocates for GMO labeling, and have added a public statement about GMO labeling on their website. All of these factors are part of our measurement gauge to determine whether or not they’re putting their money where their mouth is—even if they’re only doing it for corporate profit reasons, at least they’re doing it. 🙂
Cascadian Farm cereal package Has NON-GMO Project Label on it. Is it still GMO ? Cuz I just bought it for my breakfast. I want to make sure thanks
If you doubt the label, we’d suggest contacting the source: The Non-GMO Project. 🙂
San Luis Sourdough Bread (Safeway/Von’s, Walmart, Food for Less, etc.) non GMO and may be tolerated by those with gluten sensitivity.
EXCELLENT RESOURCE OF INFORMATION! I thank you for your valient efforts to help the “regular” person with information to help us trying to keep our families healthy. Thanks Loads!!!
You are very welcome. It’s all a labor (and we don’t use that word lightly) of love in the spare time between a busy work and family life… gratitude is much appreciated.
Just a heads-up: your link to “Beyond Organic Grass Fed Beef” goes to a Chinese (?) website, as of 03/29/17. Not sure what the deal is.
We contacted them; they forgot to renew their domain and it was purchased by the Chinese company. They gave us the new URL and it has been corrected. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention!
Meijer grocery store was one of the major financial sponsors of “defeat gmo labelling”.
Hi i am a low income parent and have found Kroger simple truth organic dry oatmeal to be the most affordable for me. But do you know if this would be really organic or am I being fooled by a label and am still feeding my child a GMO product. Please help! Also any suggestions for organic instant oatmeal brands would be truly appreciated.
Rx Bar claim on their website that they are non-GMO, but decided it was unnecessary to get certified as non-GMO because their ingredients are “inherently Non-GMO”. Are there ingredients that can be considered “inherently Non-GMO’? Their ingredients are : egg whites, almonds, cashews, and dates.
Buy certified USDA organic & premium meat from Beck & Bulow (https://www.beckandbulow.com). If you are local person in Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can visit our store and shop your favorite meat. If you want to shop online you can visit our website and order your favorite meats with great offers & discounts.
You can add https://centralmilling.com/ they are employee owned for making organic flour and others