This is one in a series of stories; visit The Daily Meal Special Report: GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) for more.
In today’s day and age, it’s easier than ever to find foods that suit your specifications to a tee. Organic? You got it. Gluten-free? No problem. Thankfully, it’s also easier than you might think to find food products that are GMO (genetically modified organism)-free. And from a popular brand of chewing gum to a favorite gelato to a few well-known cereal brands, we tracked down 15.
There are plenty of reasons why brands would want to cut GMOs out of their foods. There’s no denying that it’s great for the brand’s image; just look at all the positive press that Cheerios got when they went GMO-free recently, even though the only ingredient that was genetically modified was the tiny bit of cornstarch that dusts them.Many of these brands are already organic, gluten-free, etc., and excluding all genetically modified ingredients is a no-brainer, aligned with the overall branding of the company.
Brands that are interested in being certified GMO-free must first go through a lengthy certification process that requires paperwork, fees, and turning over data including ingredient lists, production facility information, test results. It's not easy, but it's absolutely worth it.
If you’re looking for even more brands that are GMO-free, as well as a wealth of GMO-related information, we suggest you pay a visit to the website of the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization committed to educating consumers, preserving and building a GMO-free food supply, and certifying brands and food products that are GMO-free. All of the brands we discuss here are certified by this organization; we’ll include a link to their company’s Non-GMO Project page in each of our captions; this way you can double-check for yourself before you make any purchases.