As you might have noticed from my posts, as a Mom I’m concerned about our family eating genetically modified foods. I was reading a pocket shopper’s guide from the Center for Food Safety about GMO’s. (Great guide, btw). It talks about the “Big Four” GMO foods in the US – corn, soy, canola, and cotton. Which led me to thinking about one of MonkeyWrench’s favorite snacks – Veggie Booty! How many of us Moms rely on veggie booty to get us through a car trip, visit to the park, grumpy moments, etc.? They’ve got vegetables, the kids like ‘em, what’s not for Mom’s to like? Well, Veggie Booty’s first ingredient is cornmeal, one of the “Big Four” for GMO’s (and the third ingredient is soy flour, another Big Four). And nowhere on the label does it say GMO-free.
Concerned, I wrote an e-mail to the Pirate’s Booty company, asking if they used GMO ingredients. They responded promptly, with a nice e-mail that I am still puzzling through. Here is the relevant quote “Our supplier cannot guarantee their corn is GMO-free, which is why we do not put it on the bag. We have very specific quality specifications that they must meet for us to continue to purchase from them and they can no longer guarantee that their corn is GMO free because of the existence of cross pollination and storage silo conditions.”
Hmm…I’m not sure if this means that it is mostly GMO-free, but they can’t guarantee it, or if they just don’t know. Since “don’t know” often means “probably GMO”, there is a difference in my mind. I am glad that the company is concerning itself with these issues, and as a Mom, maybe I need to start thinking about unknowning contamination of organic food with GMO’s, too.