July 19, 2012

Natural Snacking: TLC Soft-Baked Apple Spice Bars and Non-GMO Verification

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Back in the spring, I recall GMO controversy surrounding Kashi products. I was upset, as my son loves Organic Autumn Wheat cereal. Fortunately, this is one of their products that is certified GMO-free.

Kashi explains the problems with GMOs and how difficult it is becoming to ensure products do not contain these ingredients due to their prevalence in agriculture.

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 in 2002 we began significantly ramping up our use of organic ingredients, which has increased seven-fold since that time. 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.

Seven Kashi products are verified as Non-GMO. The product we were sent to try is not one of them. Kashi TLC Cereal Bar Baked Apple:

Our Tasty Ingredients: Apple Filling (Pear Juice Concentrate, Evaporated Cane Juice, Tapioca Syrup, Apple Powder, Water, Unmodified Corn Starch, Vegetable Glycerin, Spices, Natural Flavor), Kashi Seven Whole Grains & Sesame® Flour (Whole: Oats, Hard Red Winter Wheat, Long Grain Brown Rice, Rye, Triticale, Barley, Buckwheat, Sesame Seeds), Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Organic Whole Oats, Honey, Tapioca Syrup, Gum Arabic, Oat Fiber, Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Soy Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Natural Falvor. Contains Wheat and Soy Ingredients

I like that Kashi products are regularly available in large conventional grocery stores. It is one of the few choices for whole foods you can find. I wish more organic ingredients were used, and the company would move quickly towards GMO-free verification.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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