Here is the start on my GMO/non-GMO Gluten-Free Food List as I contact gluten-free companies one by one while adding each response to this list. Keep in mind that if companies are certified with the Non-GMO Project, I will not be contacting them.
Unlike like me, my husband and my girls consume small amounts of gluten-free processed foods. However, with each day that passes, with the more I learn and with the more I educate Greg, Greg and I both try to reduce those now small amounts of processed foods consumed in our home even more (GMOs, inorganic arsenic in rice, breads converting to sugar upon ingestion, the list goes on…). Nevertheless, whether whole foods or healthy processed foods, Greg and I are both committed to ensuring that the food consumed in our home is as non-GMO as possible. However, since most GF processed foods (especially GF flours for baking) are not organic, avoiding GMOs becomes more of a challenge, and as Bob’s Red Mill states below, I realize that avoiding GMOs 100% is next to impossible with cross pollination from the enormous GMO crops in our country and throughout the world, but I will continue trying my best to avoid GMOs to the best of my ability.
As a side note, it is easy for me to eat a fully raw organic diet because I have an all-or-nothing personality boarder lining addictive (I try to use it for good, not evil), but if your husband is like mine, getting the entire family onboard with a fully plant-based diet with no processed foods proves a bit challenging at times, especially when it has been less than a year since my husband transitioned from an entirely processed, casein-filled unhealthy vegetarian diet that remained exactly the same for well over 20 years. I have to pick my spots, and Greg and I have compromised – if it is organic and non-GMO, exceptions can be made (like I said, I am all or nothing and I prefer no GMOs). Nevertheless, Greg has been drinking green juice and a smoothie everyday for over a year now while more recently creating plant-based meals in the kitchen. Greg realizes that he is setting such a great example for our girls. Greg and I used to be polar opposites, but with each day, we become a lot more alike…
Without further ado, here are the GMO responses thus far (GMO and non-GMO responses are not separated because this is a difficult claim with many grey areas – it’s up for you to decide where each company stands):
Ancient Harvest: “Please note that all of our products are NON-GMO, we used to state this on our boxes, and when we went organic we took the statement off our boxes, but next year we will be re-instating it just so there is no confusion to this fact” (webpage: 25 October 2012).
Authentic Foods: “Yes” (all ingredients are non-GMO): (email: 24 October 2012).
Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods: “All of our products originate from identity-preserved, non-GMO seeds. This means that the seed planted in the ground is non-GMO. We do not guarantee the complete absence of GMO materials in our products because of wind drift, pollinators and our lack of testing equipment” (Website: 19 October 2012).
Chebe: “Yes!” (Website: 19 October 2012).
Ener-G: “Ener-G Foods has had some items listed on the NonGMO project but due to the high cost we didn’t list the entire line (over 120 items). The Non-GMO Project does not guarantee that products are Non-GMO they just say that they have looked at the products and they conform to their standards. It is not legal in this country to make a NON-GMO claim on any product. The FDA and FTC have ruled that statement as being an ‘unfair trade’ comparison since there has been no testing of Non-GMO products verses GMO products. It should be noted however that Ener-G Foods exports to Europe, Asia, Central and South America and other regions of the world (that are not controlled by the petroleum and pharmaceutical companies) that require a Non-GMO declaration of products at their customs houses” (Email: 19 October 2012).
I am sure you are having the same reaction that I had when I read Ener-G’s response and accusations towards the Non-GMO Project’s certification, especially if you are like me and look for that beautiful butterfly when buying food for your family and your little ones. Needless to say, I needed to contact the Non-GMO Project with Ener-G’s claims (but without the identity of whom made those claims).
Here’s the Non-GMO’s Response: Non-GMO Project: “You can access more information about our verification process at: http://www.nongmoproject.
GF Harvest: “No GMO seed stock used” (Website: 19 October 2012). They are organic too!
Glutino: “Some of our products are GMO-free. However, we are not allowed to label it on the package because it is not regulated in North America (“GMO-free” labeling is not permitted, but “non-GMO” is welcomed in North America, especially by us moms!)
The following Glutino products are GMO free:
Genius Sandwich Bread
Pizza Duo Cheese
Pizza Spinach Feta
Pizza Chicken BBQ
Pizza Duo Cheese – Brown Rice Crust – Multipack
Pizza Spinach Soy Cheese – Brown Rice Crust
Pizza 3 Cheese – Brown Rice Crust
Cereal Sensible Beginnings (all)
Cake Mix Chocolate
Gluten Free Pantry (all mixes except the Yankee Cornbread and Muffin Mix)” (Email: 18 October 2012).
Jules’ Gluten Free: “No, Jules’ products are not organic or GMO free – sorry” (Reply from company: 19 October 2012).
King Arthur: “While we strive to offer non-GMO ingredients across the board, some of our suppliers are unable to verify that their products are 100% non-GMO, due to the complexity of sourcing some of their components. Thankfully, there’s no GMO wheat grown for commercial sale in the U.S.; so all of our wheat-based flours are non-GMO” (Website: 19 October 2012).
Mrs. Glee’s Gluten Free Foods: “All Mrs. Glee’s products are non-GMO. We use the Michigan navy bean as a base for all our products. We use beans for a superior nutritional/fiber profile and have created a proprietary process to eliminate the bean flavor. All our products are made in a dedicated GFCO certified gluten-free facility. We have two flours, a one-for-one substitute called Performance Blend and we also sell the Navy Bean Flour that you can use to custom blend your own flour mixes and pastas” (Reply from company: 19 October 2012).
Namaste Foods: “All Namaste Foods LLC products and ingredients are, to the best our knowledge, considered to be non-GMO in that they are produced with the addition of no genetically modified organisms” (Website: 19 October 2012).
Nutiva: “None of our products have GMO ingredients in them. Our entire product line is 100% third party certified USDA Organic” (Email: 19 October 2012).
Pamela’s Products: “We have statements from all of our suppliers verifying our ingredients are non-GMO. We are currently preparing to join the non-GMO Project, and are working closely with our vendors to assure the quality and source of all our ingredients” (Website: 03 December 2012).
Udi’s Gluten Free Foods: “At Udi’s, we use ingredients from natural sources, our products are verified non-GMO by third party testing. We appreciate the question and please let us know if we can help with anything else” (Email: 11 October 2012).
XO Baking Company: “Never. We only use unmodified ingredients” (Website: 19 October 2012).
Much Love! Priscilla