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Kashi Cereal in Hot Water Over Genetically Modified Controversy

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If you are an avid health food nut, you are likely aware of the controversies surrounding genetically modified foods.  One set of controversies involves concerns that these foods may pose health risks.  The other set of concerns revolves around a push by the manufacturers of genetically modified foods to not be required to label them for consumers to be able to identify.

These two issues came to a head recently in a New England grocery store, Green Grocer, who made the decision to remove Kashi from their shelves and post a sign in its place.  This sign read, "You might be wondering where your favorite Kashi cereals have gone.  It has recently come to our attention that 100% of the soy used in Kashi products is genetically modified, and that when the USDA tested the grains used there were found to be pesticides that are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors."  The incident has gone viral, with a photo of this sign making its way around the Internet and Twitter.

According to Kashi's website, they are working directly with the Non-GMO Project to verify their products.  Kashi writes,

"We're excited to share an update on our work with the Non-GMO Project, North America's only third-party verifier of non-GMO foods. Seven 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 and 7 Whole Grain Pilaf. This is the first step in our phased approach, and we're committed to this journey! Check out our product pages at or search for Kashi at for updates as we continue to verify our foods."