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Kashi, Healthy Choices & GMO Labeling

Kashi, Healthy Choices & GMO Labeling

Like many opponent’s of genetically modified foods, I was outraged this week when I read about the recent controversy surrounding the use of GMO’s in Kashi cereals. For years, I have been under the apparently false impression that Kashi products are healthy and “natural” – though of course that term is not regulated and can mean whatever a company wants it to mean.

Quickly, though, I realized that of course Kashi would contain GMO’s – it’s owned by Kellogg. Large food corporations are not primarily concerned with the health of the their customer – they will slap anything with a “natural” label if it means increasing sales. This is what is dangerous about the corporate control of our food supply. At least in my experience, smaller food companies and local, organic farmers take pride in the quality of their products in a way that large corporations do not.

Of course, some of the responsibility lies with the consumer, as well, who can choose to purchase whole, healthy foods or processed junk foods.  With GMO’s, however, the choice is not as clear because companies are not required to label products that contain GMO’s. This is why the campaign to label such products is vitally important. In an economy governed by a reverence for the bottom line, it is our responsibility to vote with our dollars. But we need transparency and access to truthful information to do so.

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Any product containing GMOs must be clearly labelled so that the public has a choice in whether or not this item is purchased.

We have to be aware of ingredients and other things that are hidden from us such as whether a product is genetically modified.

Huge corporations will not rest until everything is GMO!

11:44PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

And a lipidologist recommended Kashi cereal...

7:15PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

I thought Kashi was good too--what an utter disappointment!

12:35PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Wow! an example of WHY i want labling- the word natural is thrown around by anyone!

6:21AM PDT on May 26, 2012

Erin....when I called Kashi about a year ago, they admitted that they did use GMO in all but the 7 products they call organic.
If they changed, then it's news to me.
The best thing to do is call their customer service phone number and ask them about their current policy. The number should be on their website or any package of their food.

7:28AM PDT on May 25, 2012

I just read on Kashis website that they do NOT use GMOs and have partnered with the NON-GMO project. So which is it?

11:41AM PDT on May 24, 2012

and what is our FDA doing for their pay!!!!!!!?????????????

10:31AM PDT on May 24, 2012

go figure

6:21AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Marc...yes...I agree...especially about buying from local farms where you KNOW what you're getting.

11:42PM PDT on May 23, 2012

Interesting.

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