Kashi and the Non-GMO Project

Kashi and the Non-GMO Project

We're excited to share an update on our work with the Non-GMO Project, a leading North American independent Non-GMO verification program. Eleven of our foods are now officially Non-GMO Project Verified including Autumn Wheat, Cinnamon Harvest, Island Vanilla, Strawberry Fields, 7 Whole Grain Flakes, 7 Whole Grain Puffs, 7 Whole Grain Pilaf, Simply Maize, Indigo Morning, Blackberry Hills, and Berry Fruitful. This is the first step in our phased approach, and we're committed to this journey! Check out our product pages at Kashi.com or search for Kashi at www.nongmoproject.org for updates as we continue to make progress.

What are GMOs?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms that have been created through techniques of biotechnology, also called genetic engineering (GE). This process combines DNA from one species with another species.

What's Kashi position on GMO?

At Kashi, we've been helping to create positive change in the food system since 1984 when the company was founded. Currently, more than 80% of many crops are grown using genetic engineering in America and only 0.7% of U.S. cropland is organically grown so we believe the food system still needs to evolve. That's why we have nearly tripled our use of organic ingredients since 2005. Now we're partnering with the Non-GMO Project to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification, which is another important milestone on our journey.

Do you use GMO ingredients?

The foundation of our foods is our unique combination of seven whole grains which are not grown using GMOs. However, the majority of food crops grown in the U.S. are genetically engineered. In addition, factors such as pollen drift from nearby crops and current practices in agricultural storage, handling, and shipping, has led to an environment in North America where GMOs are not sufficiently segregated. As a result, some of our foods include ingredients made from genetically engineered crops.

What is the Non-GMO Project?

The Non-GMO Project is the leading independent verifier of non-GMO foods and the only third-party verification system in the U.S. They are a non-profit multi-stakeholder collaboration committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

The Non-GMO Project works with FoodChain Global Advisors, an independent consultant and administrator of the Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program.

To learn more about the Non-GMO Project, please visit http://www.nongmoproject.org

How does the Non-GMO Project Verification Process work?

Our Non-GMO Project Verified products are produced in compliance with the rigorous Non-GMO Project Standard. The Non-GMO Project Standard includes ongoing testing of risk ingredients and does not test finished products. For more information about the Non-GMO Project Standard please visit http://www.nongmoproject.org/product-verification/non-gmo-project-standard/overview-of-the-standard/

How long do you anticipate the Non-GMO Project Verification process taking?

Timing for Non-GMO Project Verification can take up to several months or years and depends on many factors including how many products a company enrolls at one time, the number of ingredients in a product and the level of evaluation required for each ingredient. We are continuing to take a phased approach to achieve compliance with the rigorous Non-GMO Project Standard.

What foods will this affect?

Currently, eleven of our foods are now officially Non-GMO Project Verified including Autumn Wheat, Cinnamon Harvest, Island Vanilla, Strawberry Fields, 7 Whole Grain Flakes, 7 Whole Grain Puffs, 7 Whole Grain Pilaf, Simply Maize, Indigo Morning, Blackberry Hills, and Berry Fruitful. A number of our other foods are currently in process with the Non-GMO Project.

As our foods achieve Non-GMO Project Verification we will share this information through our product pages on Kashi.com. This information will also be available on the Non-GMO Project website (http://www.nongmoproject.org/consumers/search-participating-products/search-by-name/).

Are foods that contain GMOs harmful to your health?

The scientific community has not established a causative link between GMOs and any impact on human health.

Which of your products are organic?

Is a Non-GMO Project Verified or USDA Organic product healthier than one that is all natural?

Not necessarily. There are many factors that determine whether a food is “healthy”. Nutrition, farming practices and environmental impacts are all factors to consider when making a decision about whether a food is appropriate for you or your family.

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