Is Your Food Really Healthy?

By now I’m sure you are well aware of the increase of non-GMO and organic brands in stores. This is due to the growing wellness trend. 

More and more people are switching to non-GMO and/or organic foods. This is a good thing, and a trend I would like to see continue. However, were you aware that many companies and brands that sell perceivably healthy food are actually owned by corporations that are leading the way into GMO foods? Were you aware that CEO’s and other corporate leaders of these parent companies all believe in de-population, that food and water is a luxury, and they will do whatever they must to meet these ends?

Many of these companies will use terms such as “All Natural”, “non-GMO”, or “organic” specifically for marketing purposes. Many also have a govt certification or verification to “prove” their claims. You can’t really trust, and shouldn’t, labels issued by govt agencies because many politcians and higher-ups in these agencies are either in the pockets of big corporations or they have personal financial interests in the company. For these reasons, it is very important to:

  1. Know who is producing your food and who owns that particular brand;
  2. Know what all the ingredients are. Many companies will use the “scientific” term for vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients. So you need to be able to easily determine which ingredients are natural and which (if any) are synthetic and/or chemicals;
  3. Look for third-party verification. USDA, FDA, AHA, etc seals are great; but only if a third-party seal is present as well. Especially if it’s a brand owned by a larger corporation;
  4. When possible, buy your non-GMO and organic products from small businesses and brands that still own themselves.

Trusted third-party seals to look for include Vegan Action, The Non-GMO ProjectFriend Of The Sea, Fair Tradeand The Marine Stewardship Council. Friend of the Sea and Marine Stewardship Council work primarily with fish and seafood brands.

The organic industry is largely becoming consolidated, which means fewer and fewer people make decisions on how it’s grown, processed, and sold. This isn’t good, but can be fought. Many non-GMO and organic brands thought to be independent are actually owned by Big Food. Organic is legally defined, so buying organic you’re safe. However, WhiteWave has destroyed non-GMO brands they own by switching to GMO ingredients. And buying organic brands owned by larger corporations, you are funding the fight against GMO labeling and you are funding the consolidation of the industry and food supply et al.

The best way to fight Big Food and prevent consolidation, is to buy from truly independent brands. The brands offered on this website are trustworthy, and I will be posting a list of trusted brands not offered directly through this site in the future. You could also buy locally owned brands in your area. Local brands may be more expensive only because Big Food can afford to sell at lower prices without effecting profits. Also, by buying locally, you’re supporting your local economy and a local family.

We all know about companies like Monsanto. A quick search will expose their hostile takeover of many farms, seeds, etc and their push to be one of the sole seed suppliers. Many are also aware of Nestlé’s CEO wanting to own natural sources of water and his beliefs water is a luxury, not a necessity.

There are a lot of articles across the internet that suggest Monsanto owns different food companies. This is both true and false at the same time. I haven’t found hard evidence that show’s they own the rights to any brand. However, Monsanto and other GM seed companies do force farmers to use only their seeds and products. So whereas they might not out-right own the brand itself, they do own it in the sense they have a forced contract. Whether the farm uses Monsanto products, or another GM companies products, the GM seeds and other products do tarnish the soil. Anything planted in that soil post-GM product usage, will be tainted by the products or seeds formerly used in that soil. So it would be smart to avoid all brands that go to Monsanto or similar companies for seed and/or other products.

I’m not necessarily saying all brands bought by Big Food are bad. But all too often, when these brands are bought out by larger corporations, they fight to keep their identity; and most of the time they lose. More often than not, smaller brands bought out by larger corporations shift their focus from people to profits. They lose their personality as they take on that of the parent company. In the process of losing their identity, the quality of the ingredients (and products et al) are diminished.

Personally, I don’t trust Nestlé, General Mills, Post, Kellogg, Mendelez, Kraft Heinz, Perdue Farms, Coca-Cola, or PepsiCo and don’t use any of their products or brands. Campbells is pushing a better image and is seemingly starting to go non-GMO, but check the labels, not all their products are verified non-GMO. Kraft Heinz has also been making headlines that they may be heading in a better direction as well. So keep an eye on KraftHeinz; under their new ownership they may actually be trying to shed their messy past for a healthier image. I’m also not a fan of USDA certified, as Big Food have been known to buy their certifications even if the product fails. And the USDA also happens to be part of the government. However, if you know for certain the brand you are buying is in fact an independent brand and they opted for a USDA certification over third-party verification, that is fine. But I personally prefer third-party verification over USDA certification or third-party as well as USDA.

It may seem as though the fight for truly healthy foods is a losing battle, but we can and will win. As long as we continue to bring awareness and make our voices heard, we haven’t lost. The possibility to win is there as long as we refuse to be silenced. To win this fight for our food, we must:

  1. Spread awareness; (start by sharing this post)
  2. Only buy truly independent brands, even if that means buying the more expensive locally owned brands;
  3. Make our voices heard;
  4. If you know anyone wanting to start their own brand, encourage them to do;
  5. If you know anyone that owns a food brand, convince them to switch to only non-GMO and/or organic ingredients.

Big Food owning non-GMO and organic brands isn’t the only concern in the industry either. Not only are they buying and destroying non-GMO brands and taking over organic brands, organic eggs may not be organic either. There’s currently a lawsuit against WalMart and Cal-Maine foods over mis-labeled eggs as organic. When we think of eggs, or even chicken for that matter, as being organic, we think of hens that can roam free in the outdoors on natural land in the open air and eat a non-GMO diet. However, the USDA doesn’t have set guidelines for this. The current guidelines for organic eggs allow for a loophole that doesn’t necessarily allow the hens complete outdoor access. For further information on eggs, click here.

Each of the parent companies on the following list have spent millions to prevent GMO labeling, hide what’s in our food, and control what we eat. Here is a breakdown of who owns who (this list is always changing and will be updated as my team learns of the changes, likewise this list is only of brands that are advertised as healthy, non-GMO, or organic and are owned by Big Food):


PepsiCo

  1. Naked Juice

Nestle

  1. Sweet Leaf Tea
  2. Tribe Mediterranean Foods

AB InBev

  1. Goose Island

General Mills

  1. Annie’s Homegrown
  2. Immaculate Baking
  3. Food Should Taste Good
  4. LaraBar
  5. Cascadian Farm
  6. Muir Glen

M&M Mars

  1. Seeds of Change

Coca-Cola

  1. Green Mountain Coffee
  2. Honest Tea
  3. Honest Kids
  4. Vitamin Water
  5. Odwalla
  6. Zico Coconut Water
  7. Simply Orange
  8. Peace Tea

ConAgra and Ralcorp

  1. Alexia Foods
  2. Lovin Oven
  3. Bloomfield Bakers

Kellogg

  1. Wholesome & Hearty
  2. Bear Naked
  3. Kashi
  4. Morningstar Farms and Natural Touch

Miller-Coors

  1. Crispin
  2. Fox Barrel

Mondelez (Formerly Kraft Foods)

  1. Green & Black’s
  2. Boca Foods

Kraft Heinz

  1. Back To Nature
  2. DiGiorno Organic
  3. Heinz Organic
  4. Kraft Organic

Hershey Foods

  1. Dagoba

Bimbo Bakeries

  1. Olafson’s Baking

J.M. Smucker

  1. Enray
  2. Millstone
  3. Santa Cruz Organic
  4. R.W. Knudsen

Campbell Soup

  1. Plum Organics
  2. Bolthouse Farms
  3. Wolfgang Puck

Hillshire Brands

  1. Van’s Natural Foods
  2. Aidell’s Sausage

Perdue Farms

  1. Coleman Natural
  2. Draper Valley Farms
  3. Hans
  4. Petaluma, Rosie

Rich Products

  1. French Meadow

Foster Farms

  1. Humboldt Creamery

TreeHouse Foods

  1. Sturm Foods

White-Wave (owned by Danone)

  1. So Delicious
  2. Earthbound Farm
  3. Horizon
  4. Silk
  5. Alta Dena
  6. The Organic Cow of Vermont

Snyder’s-Lance

  1. Late July
  2. Cape Cod

Danone

  1. Happy Family
  2. Stonyfield
  3. Brown Cow
  4. Dannon Yogurt
  5. Evian Water

Hain Celestial

  1. Rudi’s Organic Bakery
  2. Ella’s Kitchen
  3. BluePrint
  4. SunSpire
  5. MaraNatha
  6. TofuTown
  7. Spectrum Organics
  8. Walnut Acres
  9. Imagine, Rice Dream and Soy Dream
  10. ShariAnn’s
  11. Mountain Sun
  12. Millina’s Finest
  13. Frutti di Bosco
  14. Celestial Seasonings
  15. Earth’s Best
  16. Breadshop
  17. Health Valley
  18. Casbah
  19. Nile Spice
  20. DeBole’s
  21. Arrowhead Mills
  22. Garden of Eatin’
  23. Westbrae
  24. Little Bear
  25. Bearitos
  26. Westsoy

Post Foods

  1. MOM Brands, Malt-O-Meal and BetterOats
  2. Michael Foods
  3. PowerBarPria
  4. Golden Boy
  5. Dakota Growers Pasta
  6. New Morning
  7. Erewhon
  8. Golden Temple
  9. Peace Cereal
  10. Willamette Valley Granola

Diamond Foods (owned by Snyder’s-Lance)

  1. Kettle

J&J Snack Foods

  1. Kim & Scott’s

Uni-Lever

  1. Ben & Jerries Ice Cream
  2. Breyers Ice Cream

This is a continuation ofAre You Really Healthy?

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