I’m sure I’m a bit late on this bandwagon, and although I’ve heard about the issue that recently went public with Kashi brand products, I’m just now getting around to writing about it. Just in case you need to catch up:
Obviously everyone is entitled to their own opinion on this interesting new information regarding Kashi products. I think my major issue is not necessarily what Kashi has done (used GMO soy in some of their products), but instead their reaction to it. Kashi responds by arguing that the term “natural” is not regulated by the FDA, and that by coining their products “natural,” they were not doing anything wrong. This kind of statement infuriates me as a consumer of Kashi products. I understand that the USDA Organic sticker is truly the only way to ensure your products are being treated with organic standards, however by using the term natural, Kashi has misled it’s consumers into thinking that “natural” meant organic, or close to it. I am aware that the two words are not synonymous, but not everyone is. I can guarantee that if Kashi had advertised their product as being full of GMO ingredients, their sales would drop dramatically. I don’t believe this is all Kashi’s fault, they are just the ones being thrown in the limelight for consumers discovering this. Other companies are most likely doing similar things, and that’s where being aware comes in. Please, PLEASE do not sweep things like this under the rug! It is so difficult living in today’s society to know what you’re actually putting into your stomach, what you’re drinking, and even what you’re breathing. It’s sickening if you really consider it. I have a lot of research and learning to do, but every little bit helps. Here’s something to consider:
The Difference Between Natural and Organic
“It’s important to understand that the “natural” label is not regulated and does not provide a guarantee of being free of genetically engineered ingredients or synthetic pesticides and additives. Currently, the ONLY label that can protect you against genetically engineered ingredients and other unsavory additives is the USDA 100% Organic label.
The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) took effect October 21, 2002, and regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced. The labeling requirements of the NOP apply to raw, fresh products and processed products that contain organic agricultural ingredients. In order to qualify as organic, a product must be grown and processed using organic farming methods that recycle resources and promote biodiversity.
Crops must be grown without synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes, petroleum-based fertilizers, or sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Organic livestock must have access to the outdoors and cannot be given antibiotics or growth hormones.
- Products labeled “USDA 100% organic” must contain only organically produced materials
- Products labeled simply “USDA organic” must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients, whereas
- The label “made with organic ingredients” can contain anywhere between 70 to 95 percent organic ingredients
Organic products cannot be irradiated, are not allowed to contain preservatives or flavor enhancing chemicals, nor can they contain traces of heavy metals or other contaminants in excess of tolerances set by the FDA. Additionally, the pesticide residue level cannot be higher than 5 percent of the maximum EPA pesticide tolerance.” Source
(Healthy) food for thought, folks!