The Monsanto machine in cahoots with the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association has spent tens of millions of dollars to prevent GMO labeling, which has left many Americans scrambling for information when it comes to buying their favorite snacks.
Most processed or packaged foods contain genetically engineered ingredients, hidden in the byproducts of corn and soy as well as many other ingredients like sugar beets and canola oil.
But now one of the country’s most popular “healthy” snacks is eliminating confusion by officially going non-GMO, and getting verified in the process.
Non-GMO Triscuits (But There’s a Catch)
The product in question is Triscuits, the wheat crackers from Nabisco that have long been seen as a “healthier” alternative to traditional crackers.
The company announced via the Non-GMO Project Verified organization that they will now be non-GMO, making an effort to eliminate any potential GMO ingredients within its three main ones of wheat, oil and salt.
The new Non-GMO change will take place across the product line’s entire portfolio of products, with the rollout having begun in July and scheduled to be completed by September of this year.
The change is being seen as a victory in consumer power to create change in how companies formulate their products.
“The Triscuit brand has evolved throughout its 100-plus-year history by delivering what consumers want, whether that’s new flavors; quick, everyday recipe solutions; or now, Non-GMO Project Verified snacking options,” said Kailey Clark, Brand Manager, Triscuit North America. “The Non-GMO Project Verified seal is the gold standard. It is the most trusted label among consumers, and we are proud to offer that level of product transparency to Triscuit customers.”
While wheat is not GMO, processed vegetable oils such as soybean, canola, and cottonseed oil in the United States mostly fall under this category. A press release from the company did not say which ingredient(s) would be switched in the recipe.
In the United States currently, wheat is not genetically engineered, although it may possibly be produced with mutagenesis, a controversial seed treatment process that large portions of U.S. seeds are subjected to each year before being grown. The process is unfortunately allowed even in organic agriculture and no information is available as to how often it is used.
Also of concern for anyone who chooses to buy the new non-GMO Project Verified Triscuits should be the fact that they are not organic, which means that they may in fact be sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup and other potentially harmful agrochemicals (Nabisco does offer an organic alternative for those who wish to avoid this).
The issue is an important one for anyone who truly values their health considering that such chemicals are cumulative toxins, and Roundup’s main ingredient glyphosate was declared a “probable human carcinogen” by the IARC of the World Health Organization in spring 2015.
For more information, check out the full release by clicking on this link. It should also be noted that Nabisco is a part of Kraft Foods, which has given more than $2 million against GMO labeling, therefore consumers who care about labeling may want to choose an alternative independent cracker brand.
Thumbnail picture via LeanItUp.com.