Kashi Controversy

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┬ánationwide telephone poll taken in October 2010 by Thomson Reuters and National Public Radio found that 93 percent want GMOs labeled.

Take Action

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.
Photo Credits: elisasizzle

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  1. says

    I’ve become pretty skeptical of everything. This is why I’m trying to get as much of my food from local producers as possible. If you eat processed foods, I think you have to know that you are eating GMOs. Even if you shop at a “natural” food store.

    • says

      Yeah, my mom and I were talking about this the other day while shopping. Even if it’s organic processed food I would guess there is a chance of GMOs because they are getting into crops that weren’t planted as GMOs. And I will say while I want them labeled and I avoid them, I don’t freak every time I eat something packaged. I don’t eat much packaged food but I do sometimes. I wish there was no such thing so I could eat my organic junk food without that added bit of guilt ha.

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