Organic and Natural Cereal Scorecard

Updated September, 2017
Brand NameRatingOrganic StatusScore
5-Grain rating | ExemplaryBrands in the 5-Grain category are exceptional. They 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 GMOs, toxic pesticides, petrochemical solvents, and other inputs that are prohibited in certified organic food.
Kaia100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Nature's Path100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Back Roads Granola100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Grandy Oats100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Pure Bliss Organics100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Two Moms in the Raw100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Tierra Farm100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Lydia's Organics100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Laughing Giraffe100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Great River Organic Milling100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Go Raw100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Farm to Table100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Country Choice Organic100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
Ambrosial100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic by fully committed organic company700
4-Grain rating | ExcellentBrands 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.
Green Barn Organics100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic, company also markets conventional foods610
Eco-Planet100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic, company also markets conventional foods610
GrawnolaAll granola products are 70% organic610
Food for Life100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic, company also markets conventional foods under same brand name595
3-Grain rating | Very GoodBands 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 category 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 Farm100% of the brand's cereal and granola products are certified organic, corporate owner is one of nation's largest agribusinesses involved in GMO/ chemical agriculture410
Cream of the WestCereal products are not certified organic410
Erewhon8 of 9 products are certified organic, 1 of 9 is 70% organic, company also markets conventional foods404
Grizzlie's BrandOnly 8 of 22 cereal products are certified organic, 3 are 70% organic, 6 contain some organic ingredients and 5 are conventional375
Ruth's Hemp FoodsCereal products are not certified organic350
New England NaturalsCaution: only 12 of 28 granola products are certified organic (includes bulk granola)346
WeetabixCaution: only 2 of 3 cereal products is certified organic342
Stark Sisters GranolaCaution: granola is not certified organic, contains some organic ingredients325
Annie's HomegrownCaution: only 1 of 5 cereal products is certified organic325
2-Grain rating | FairBrands lose points and fall under the 2-Grain category for various reasons; sometimes products contain genetically engineered ingredients (see 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 MillsCaution: only 9 of 24 cereal/oatmeal/granola products are certified organic273
Health ValleyCaution: only 11 of 16 products are certified organic271
AlpenMuesli products are not certified organic250
Bob's Red MillCaution: only 9 of 50 products are certified organic242
Uncle SamCereal products are not certified organic185
SkinnersCereal products are not certified organic185
Dorset CerealCaution: only 1 of 20 cereal products is certified organic145
Back to NatureCaution: only 1 of 9 granola products is certified organic117
Mother'sCereal products are not certified organic110
Sweet Home FarmGranola products are not certified organic110
Peace CerealCereal products are not certified organic110
1-Grain rating | PoorBrands 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 cereal residue test results). The "natural" label on these products is largely meaningless marketing hype.
Newman's OwnCereal products are not certified organic100
Barbara's BakeryCaution: only 4 of 21 products are certified organic98
Three SistersCaution: only 3 of 12 cereal/oatmeal products are certified organic76
KashiCaution: only 4 of 24 cereal products are certified organic54
Udi's GranolaGranola products are not certified organic50
Bakery on MainCereal and granola products are not certified organic50
General MillsCereal products are not certified organic10
Bear NakedGranola products are not certified organic10
Nutritious LivingCereal and granola products are not certified organic10
Post NaturalCereal products are not certified organic0
OLA!Granola products are not certified organic0
Mom's BestCereal Products are not certified organic0