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.

 

81 comments

Dale Overall

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!

Lika S.
Lika S.4 years ago

And a lipidologist recommended Kashi cereal...

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

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

Julianna D.
Juliana D.4 years ago

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

MarilynBusy ForCharities
4 years ago

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.

Erin Cavanaugh
Erin Cavanaugh4 years ago

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

Nadine Hudak
Nadine H.4 years ago

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

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan4 years ago

go figure

MarilynBusy ForCharities
4 years ago

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

Mercedes P.
Mercedes P.4 years ago

Interesting.