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Organic Cereal Scorecard

Commitment to Organics
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Brands in the 5-Grain category are trustworthy and committed to organics, produced by true heroes in the organic industry. All products under the brand name are certified organic, and the company markets exclusively organic products. These foods were produced without genetically engineered organisms, toxic pesticides, petrochemical solvents, and other inputs that are strictly prohibited in organics.
Ambrosial
by Ambrosial Organic Inc./Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/by fully committed organic company
700
Back Roads Granola
by Back Roads Food Co./Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/by fully committed organic company
700
Country Choice Organic
by Country Choice Organic/Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/by fully committed organic company
700
Farm to Table
by Farm to Table Foods, Inc./Independent company
100% of oatmeal products are certified organic
700
Go Raw
by Freeland Foods/Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/by fully committed organic company
700
Grandy Oats
by Grandy Oats/Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/by fully committed organic company
700
Great River Organic Milling
by Great River Organic Milling/Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/company is fully committed to organics
700
Kaia
by Kaia Foods/Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/by fully committed organic company
700
Laughing Giraffe
by Laughing Giraffe Inc./Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/by fully committed organic company
700
Lydia's Organics
by Lydia's Organics/Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/by fully committed organic company
700
Nature's Path
by Nature's Path/Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/by fully committed organic company
700
Pure Bliss Organics
by Pure Bliss Organics
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/company is fully committed to organics
700
Tierra Farm
by Tierra Farm/Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/by fully committed organic company
700
Two Moms in the Raw
by Two Moms in the Raw/Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/by fully committed organic company
700
Brands in the 4-Grain category are committed to organics, but either the company does not market exclusively organic foods, or some of the products contain some conventional ingredients. All products under 4-Grain brands are produced without genetically engineered ingredients and without the use of petrochemical solvents.
Eco-Planet
by Heaven Scent Natural Foods/Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/company also markets conventional foods
610
Grawnola
by Grawnola/Independent Company
All granola products are 70% organic
610
Green Barn Organics
by Cream of the West Inc./Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/company also markets conventional foods
610
Food for Life
by Food for Life Baking Co. Ltd./Independent Company
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/company creates consumer confusion by also marketing conventional foods under brand name
595
Brands in the 3-Grain category are either owned by corporations without a serious commitment to organics, or do not contain many organic ingredients. All brands listed under the 3-Grain categories have policies not to source genetically engineered ingredients or use ingredients extracted with petrochemical solvents. Consumers should choose products in this category only if they are labeled "organic," since "natural" products could be contaminated with pesticide residues, genetically engineered ingredients, and toxic solvent residues.
Cascadian Farm
by General Mills/Public Corporation
100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic/corporate owner is one of nation’s largest agribusinesses involved in GMO/ chemical agriculture
410
Cream of the West
by Cream of the West Inc./Independent Company
CautionCereal Products are not certified organic
410
Erewhon
by Ralcorp Holdings/Public Corporation
8 of 9 products are certified organic, 1 of 9 is 70% organic/company also markets conventional foods
404
Grizzlie's Brand
by Wildtime Foods/Independent Company
only 8 of 22 cereal products are certified organic, 3 are 70% organic, 6 contain some organic ingredients and 5 are conventional.
375
Ruth's Hemp Foods
by Ruth's Hemp Foods/Independent Company
CautionCereal Products are not certified organic
350
New England Naturals
by New England Naturals/Independent Company
Caution: only 12 of 28 granola products are certified organic (includes bulk granola)
346
Weetabix
by Weetabix/Lion Capital
Caution: only 2 in 3 cereal products is certified organic
342
Annie's Homegrown
by Annie's/Solera Capital
Caution: only 1 of 5 cereal products is certified organic
325
Stark Sisters Granola
by Stark Sisters Granola/Independent Company
Caution: granola is not certified organic, contains some organic ingredients.
325
Brands lose points and fall under the 2-Grain category for various reasons; sometimes products contain genetically engineered ingredients (see our cereal residue test results) or solvent (hexane)-extracted oils, or corporate owners are not committed to organics. Some brands under the 2-Grain category do offer certified organic products, which are good choices. But the "natural" label, used on most products under 2-Grain brands, is largely meaningless marketing hype.
Arrowhead Mills
by Hain Celestial Group/Public Corporation
Caution: only 9 of 24 cereal/oatmeal/granola products are certified organic
273
Health Valley
by The Hain Celestial Group/Public Corporation
Caution: only 11 of 16 products are certified organic
271
Alpen
by Weetabix/Lion Capital
Muesli Products are not certified organic
250
Bob's Red Mill
by Bob's Red Mill/Employee-owned Company
Caution: only 9 of 50 products are certified organic
242
Skinners
by Ralcorp Holdings/Public Corporation
CautionCereal Products are not certified organic
185
Uncle Sam
by Ralcorp Holdings/Public Corporation
CautionCereal Products are not certified organic
185
Dorset Cereal
by Dorset Cereals
Caution: only 1 of 20 cereal products is certified organic
145
Back to Nature
by Kraft Foods/Public Corporation
Caution: only 1 of 9 granola products is certified organic
117
Mother's
by Pepsico/Public Corporation
CautionCereal Products are not certified organic
110
Peace Cereal
by Post Cereals
CautionCereal Products are not certified organic
110
Sweet Home Farm
by Hearthside Food Solutions/Wind Point Partners
CautionGranola Products are not certified organic
110
Brands with a 1-Grain rating are poor choices. The vast majority of brands in this category offer no certified organic products, and only a handful offer very limited organic choices. "Natural" products in the 1-Grain category contain ingredients that are likely produced with toxic pesticides, and could contain genetically engineered and hexane-extracted ingredients (see our cereal residue test results). The "natural" label on these products is largely meaningless marketing hype.
Newman's Own
by Newman's Own/Independent Company
CautionCereal products are not certified organic
100
Barbara's Bakery
by Weetabix/Lion Capital
Caution: only 4 of 21 products are certified organic
98
Three Sisters
by Malt-O-Meal/Independent Company
Caution: only 3 of 12 cereal/oatmeal products are certified organic
76
Kashi
by Kellogg/Public Corporation
Caution: only 4 of 24 cereal products are certified organic
54
Bakery on Main
by Bakery on Main Inc./Independent Company
CautionCereal and Granola Products are not certified organic
50
Udi's Granola
by Udi's Granola/Independent Company
CautionGranola Products are not certified organic
50
Bear Naked
by Kellogg/Public Corporation
CautionGranola Products are not certified organic
10
General Mills
by General Mills/Public Corporation
CautionCereal products are not certified organic
10
Nutritious Living
by Organic Milling Co./Independent Company
CautionCereal and Granola Products are not certified organic
10
Mom's Best
by Malt-o-Meal/Independent Company
CautionCereal Products are not certified organic.
0
OLA!
by OLA Foods, LLC/Independent Company
CautionGranola Products are not certified organic
0
Post Natural
by Ralcorp Holdings/Public Corporation
CautionCereal Products are not certified organic
0