Mini Non-GMO Shopping Guide–Applies to Products, NOT Brands

7 Jul

A few days ago, I was devastated to find out that my favorite chocolate from Endangered Species is not GMO-free unless it is labeled organic.  I literally felt like I was going to throw up, from both shock of the news and disgust that I was eating it thinking it was GMO-free.

I read the label on their new packaging (and perhaps reformulated product, I’m not sure?) The red flag went off when I saw that their sugar came from beet sugar, a common GMO.  But, I swear, it wasn’t always this way. I tweeted the company, and they responded that only their organics line is GMO-free (duh), but the they’re “working on” getting their naturals to be GMO-free and to give them a call.

When I have the time to, I will call.  But this is seriously inconvenient and I do feel deceived as a consumer.  Until they figure out how to make their product GMO-free, I will not be buying anymore chocolate from Endangered Species Chocolate while actively seeking a chocolate replacement.

It’s too bad, because their chocolate was awesome AND went to a great cause.  Oh well.

I thought–but how could this be, they are in the Non-GMO Shopping Guide.  I even double checked.

The other day I was thrilled to see literature about the danger of GMOs included in the Non-GMO Shopping Guide at our local health food store.  It is great that this information is getting out there.  Later, I’ll use that literature (along with others) to share just how harmful GMO food is.

?However, I just have one beef with the Non-GMO Shopping Guide: they include brands who have enrolled with the Non-GMO project in the little guide that I found at my store–BUT not all of the products from all of these brands are GMO free! 

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that it took me a year to figure out that out–the hard way.  I thought this was supposed to make the process easier–but again, it is still confusing!

In short, the mini Non-GMO Shopping Guide is good for information about GMOs, but don’t buy based on brand.  For the full information (to check on each and every product that is not listed as organic), use the full Non-GMO Shopping Guide or download their app.

I think the mini publication Non-GMO Shopping Guide should really just include brands that are completely GMO free, which does simplify the process of buying GMO-free.  Otherwise, it is just promoting products that aren’t GMO free and potentially raising sales for companies that have some GMO and some non- GMO products.

I sure do miss my chocolate fix :( –it sure is hard to find some quality, “healthy” sweets.

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