I’m guessing most people have seen the Kashi picture going around Facebook and Twitter that says,
“You might be wondering where your favorite Kashi cereals have gone. It has recently come to our attention that 100% of the soy used in Kashi products is genetically modified, and that when the USDA tested the grains used there were found to be pesticides that are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors.”
If you did see this, were you surprised? I wasn’t, this info isn’t new and it isn’t just about Kashi. It’s estimated that 90% of soy, corn, sugar beets, and canola in the U.S. are GMO. So if you are eating food that isn’t certified organic you are likely eating GMOs.
Now the reason Kashi is getting picked on is the fact that they call themselves natural and they aren’t the only “natural” brand getting flack, Ben & Jerry’s, Naked Juice, Snapple, Frito-Lay and Trader Joe’s are all named in a lawsuit against brands using the term ‘all natural‘.
Unlike USDA organic products, “natural” is not regulated and therefore companies can use it to mean what they want. This is a big reminder, or wake-up call, to read labels. It also shows the need for labeling for GMOs. A nationwide telephone poll taken in October 2010 by Thomson Reuters and National Public Radio found that 93 percent want GMOs labeled.
First, read Just Label It’s list of 8 ways to avoid GMO’s, it contains a lot of good tips for avoiding GMOs. After you read that head over to there petition telling the FDA that we deserve to know what’s in our food and that we want GMOs labeled. And of course share the message, if all of the estimated 93% of American’s that want GMO’s labeled spoke up they would have to listen.
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