Jeffrey M. Smith, the author of “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives” stated to CNN NEWS that “says several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.”
The five most common GMOs — corn, canola, soy, cotton and sugar beets — often end up as additives (in the form of corn syrup, oil, sugar, flavoring agents or thickeners) in packaged foods, says Gruver, so check ingredient labels carefully.
What does “Non-GMO Project Verified seal” mean?
The verification seal indicates that the product bearing the seal has gone through our verification process. Our verification is an assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance:
We require ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product.
We use an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This is in alignment with laws in the European Union (where any product containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled). Absence of all GMOs is the target for all Non-GMO Project Standard compliant products. Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the Participant’s quality management systems.
After the test, we require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
For low-risk ingredients, we conduct a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to determine absence of GMO risk.
Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products.
The following Non-GMO Sourcebook is the “world’s only “farm to fork” directory of non-genetically modified (non-GMO) food and agricultural products.”
With growing concerns about health and environmental risks of genetically modified (GM) foods, millions of people worldwide are demanding non-GMO food products.
The Non-GMO Sourcebook serves this growing trend by providing the most comprehensive list—more than 750 companies—of suppliers of non-GMO products and related services.
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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).
Here are the brands that the NON GMO Project recommend that you support because they are organic + GMO free + private-/family owned. The list is always growing based on brands that we’ve had time to research first-hand. Please comment and suggest new companies—as long as they are family/privately-owned, and dedicated to organic, GMO free products.
NOTE: If you don’t see your favorite brand here, check our Corporate-Owned Organics page… many organic brands are now owned by major food manufacturing conglomerates.
• Amy’s Kitchen: canned soups, chili, beans, pasta sauce, salsas and frozen meals including Light and Lean, Gluten Free, and Light in Sodium for customers with special dietary needs.
• Applegate Farms: this company is co-owned by the McDonnell family, and another family-owned company called Dietz and Watson. They maintain both a “natural” product line and an “organic” product line — deli meats, hamburgers, hot dogs, bacon, sausage and more — all of their organic products are GMO-free, and they specifically address GMOs on this page of their website. Their “natural” products are *not* organic *nor* GMO-free.
• Artisana Nut Butters: organic and GMO-free nut butters, coconut butter and oil, and chocolate spreads. They appear to be independently owned but we are unable to verify…
• Bearded Brothers: this small, family owned company from Austin, Texas makes organic, non-GMO energy bars.
• Betty Lou’s Bars: be sure to look for this family-owned company’s organic line of bars, since not all of their products are organic.
• Bionaturae: this “family-oriented, privately-owned” company offers organic pasta, fruit nectar, fruit spreads, olive oil, vinegar, and tomato sauces and pastes.
• Bob’s Red Mill: most (though not all) of their milled grains and grain products (flours, cereals, etc.) are organic and GMO-free; check your labels.
• 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.
• 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.
• Clif Bar: the majority of these energy / nutrition bars are not entirely organic / GMO-free (while Clif is committed to sourcing ingredients that are not genetically engineered, only 70% of the company’s purchased ingredients are certified organic). However, Clif Bar just introduced a brand new USDA Certified organic line called Kit’s Organic Fruit and Nut bars. Because these bars are USDA Certified, this means they are GMO free (read more about USDA labeling and organics here). Plus Clif Bar gets big kudos for donating $100,000 in support of California’s GMO Labeling Proposition 37. They were founded and are still run by a husband (Gary Erickson) and wife (Kit Crawford) team.
• Core Foods: founded and still run by Corey Rennell, this not-for-profit company creates USDA Organic (which is GMO-free), fresh, whole food raw bars (which they call “meals”).
• Dave’s Killer Bread: USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Certified breads from a family-owned and operated company.
• Eden Organic: the oldest independent organic food producer in the U.S. makes a wide variety of organic, GMO-free products including soy milk; whole grains and flours; dried fruit, nut, seeds and snacks; canned beans (black, kidney, navy, pinto, garbanzo and cannellini); canned chili; canned and jarred tomatoes and sauces; fruit juices, 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.
• Edward & Sons Brands: this privately? family?-owned company is responsible for a number of organic and natural products, under the following brands: Let’s Do Organic | Native Forest | Nature Factor | Road’s End Organic. They also take a clear stance against GMOs on their website. Thanks to Shaela for bringing them to our attention!
• 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.
• Grindstone Bakery: 100% organic, whole grain, GMO-free bread that is wheat-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, and gluten free.
• Grown Right: owned by the Lassonde family in Canada and distributed under their “Clement Pappas” brand, this label includes organic and natural lemonades, limeades and cranberry sauces.
• Healthy Times: premium baby food, cereal, biscuits and snacks that are USDA certified organic, GMO-free, certified kosher, with special formulas that are wheat free, dairy free, soy free products for sensitive babies
• Late July: organic snacks including chips, saltine crackers, sandwich crackers, cookies, and sandwich cookies (think healthy Oreos!). Note: in 2007, Snyder’s Lance Corporation bought a minority stake.
• Let’s Do Organic: see Edward & Sons Brands above.
• Lotus Foods: this family-owned California company offers a multiple (and unusual) varieties of organic rice. Check the labels closely, as not all of their product line is organic.
• Nature’s Path: breakfast cereals, granolas, hot oatmeal, waffles, toaster pastries, pancake mix, and granola / snack bars.
• Newman’s Own Organics: still owned by Paul Newman’s daughter Nell, this company produces all organic products including pretzel snacks, cookies, dried fruit, coffee, tea, oils, vinegars and salad dressings, and pet food. All of the ingredients used in all of their products are grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more; the farms and processors have likewise been certified by an independent third party. All of their products are certified organic by Oregon Tilth; and Kosher certified by Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, 333 Seventh Avenue, New York.
• NuGo Nutrition bars: be sure to look for this family-owned company’s organic line of bars (not all their products are organic).
• 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.
• One Degree Organic: cereal, bread, flour and seeds—sourced from growers who use“veganic” farming methods—no animal waste or byproducts whatsoever.
• Organic Food Bar: family-owned manufacturers of organic energy “food” bars. Thanks to Shaela for bringing them to our attention!
• Organic Valley: a full range of dairy products, eggs and some produce produced by a cooperative of (mostly) family farms. While this brand is still doing the majority of things correctly, the Cornucopia Institute has downgraded them in recent years due to a growing lack of corporate transparency.
• Pacific Beach Peanut Butter: family owned and operated manufacturer of peanut butter, including two organic varieties (salted and unsalted), although the label does not carry any third party organic certification insignia (USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project).
• Pascha Chocolates: family-owned maker of organic, Non-GMO Project certified chocolate and candies.
• Pure Bar: all bars are certified GMO free; they have both a USDA Organic line, and a “made with organic ingredients” line.
• Que Pasa: tortilla chips made with GMO-free, 100% organic corn and oil
• Road’s End Organic: see Edward & Sons Brands above.
• Rudi’s Bakery: 100% organic GMO-free bread, rolls and other baked goods; Rudi’s is part of a small, independently owned company called Charter Baking Co., which also owns The Baker, Vermont Bread Company and Matthews All-Natural brands.
• Sambazon: fresh superfood drinks, energy drinks, frozen sorbets and smoothies, and acai supplements, “fiercely committed to Sustainability + all things Organic/Non-GMO”
• SOL Cuisine: organic, Non-GMO, Kosher, Halal, wheat-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan protein products including tofu, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, veggie ribs, falafel, veggie burger dry mix, veggie crumbles and more, including soy-free options.
• SquareBar: Sarah Crawford and Andrew Gordon started these USDA organic, Non-GMO Project certified, gluten-, dairy- and soy free square-shaped bars in their San Francisco kitchen just last year. These are one of the few bars on the market that seems to meet everyone’s dietary issues. If you can’t find them at a store near you (their website has a handy locate map), you can buy ’em on Amazon.
• 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.
• 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.
• Yogi Tea: independently-owned maker of organic tea.