Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Grocery Store Blacklist: 12 Food Companies to Avoid (and 95 Sneaky Aliases)

Daisy Luther
Activist Post

A genetically modified rose by any other name may smell sweet, but it could still have frankenthorns that might independently detach themselves and lop off your finger while you’re smelling it.  That’s not unlike a trip to the grocery store these days. There are a lot of ugly surprises in pretty, charmingly-named packages.

It seems like no matter how hard you try to avoid them, GMOs and toxic foods creep into your life.

Take for example, the earthily-packaged “natural” foods that are showcased in your grocery store aisles. They cost twice as much, have obscure brand names, and tout their health benefits and natural sources.  You can almost smell the freshly tilled soil when you pick up the box.

Unfortunately, this is nothing more than corporate sleight-of-hand.

Many of the products that seem so good are actually just subsidiaries of the companies that were most complicit in blocking GMO labeling, aided and abetted by everyone’s favorite purveyor of death, Monsanto. (Monsanto, incidentally, donated $7,100,500.00 to the fight against the labeling of GMO-containing products.)

Don’t forget that Monsanto is now above the law due to the Monsanto Protection Act, a traitorous rider that Senator Roy Blunt managed to attach to a bill that was subsequently signed into law by President Obama. (you know, that guy in the White House, who made the labeling of GMOs one of his 2007 campaign promises?)

I wish I could make a comprehensive list, but there are more stealthily labeled toxins on the shelves every single day.  It all boils down to a these big companies that own nearly all of the foods sold in the United States. Some of the quietly owned subsidiaries may surprise you.  Included is the amount that the company (and its subsidiaries) donated to defeat California Proposition 37 which would have required GMO labeling.

Not every item on this list contains genetically modified ingredients. The list is based on the duplicitous marketing of the companies.  More consumers are trying to make healthy choices at the grocery stores, but it’s difficult when companies push their toxic wares and dress them up as health food. Young people in particular fall victim to these schemes.  You have to give a kid credit for purchasing something called “Vitamin Water” over a soda pop, and it’s infuriating that the kid, trying to make a good choice, has been tricked into the purchase by deceitful advertising and marketing.
Some of the products listed, may in fact be exactly what they are portrayed to be, but I choose not to financially support the corporations behind them.

Protect your health and help starve the beast by avoiding products distributed by these companies and their subsidiaries:

Campbell’s - $250,000.00

  • Healthy Request
  • Wolfgang Puck Soups
  • Pace Foods
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • V-8

Cargill, Inc - $202,229.36

  • Truvia Natural Sweetener
  • Shady Brooks Farms
  • Diamond Crystal Salt
  • Liza
  • Nature Fresh
  • Peter’s Chocolate
  • Wilbur Chocolate
  • Honeysuckle White
  • Rumba Meats
  • Good Nature

Coca Cola -  $1,164,400.00

  • Vitamin Water
  • Smart Water
  • Dasani
  • Nestea
  • Minute Maid
  • Honest Tea
  • Odwalla
  • Vitaminenergy

Con-Agra - $1,076,700.00

  • Orville Redenbacher’s Organic
  • Hunt’s Organic
  • Lightlife
  • Alexia
  • Healthy Choice
  • Hebrew National

Dean Foods -  $253,950.00

  • Horizon
  • Silk
  • White Wave

General Mills - $908,200.00

  • Nature Valley
  • Fiber One
  • Cheerios
  • Cascadian Farm
  • Muir Glen
  • L√§rabar
  • Gold Medal Organic
  • Food Should Taste Good

Heinz/Hains Celestial - $500,000.00

(Hains is actually owned by Heinz, Phillip Morris, Monsanto, Citigroup, Exxon-Mobil, Wal-Mart and Lockheed Martin)
  • Earth’s Best
  • Spectrum Organics
  • Garden of Eatin’
  • Casbah
  • Rice Dream
  • Soy Dream
  • WestSoy
  • TofuTown
  • MaraNatha
  • Mountain Sun
  • Walnut Acres
  • Fruiti di Bosco
  • Health Valley
  • Bearitos
  • Bread Shop
  • Celestial Seasonings

Kellogg’s - $632,500.00

  • Kashi
  • Muslix
  • Nutrigrain
  • Bear Naked
  • Morningstar Farms
  • Gardenburger

Kraft - $551,148.25

  • Snapple
  • ReaLemon
  • Triscuit
  • SnackWell’s
  • South Beach
  • Boca
  • Back to Nature
  • Nabisco

Nestle -   $1,169,400.00

  • Pure Life
  • Pelligrino
  • Perrier
  • Poland Spring
  • Gerber
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Tribe Mediterranean
  • Sweet Leaf Tea

PepsiCo $2,249,661.61

  • Miss Vickie’s
  • Sun Chips
  • Aquafina
  • SoBe
  • Harvest Crunch
  • Dole
  • Ocean Spray
  • Tropicana
  • Miranda
  • Tazo
  • Quaker
  • Naked Juice
  • Mother’s

Unilever – $467,000 (source)

  • Salada
  • Knorr
  • Ben & Jerry’s

A little bit of good news…

It isn’t all bad news.  There are a few companies you can still count on – keep in mind that corporate mergers take place every day.  When businesses change hands, there is no obligation to notify the public.  One such cautionary tale took place with the company Dean’s, which acquired Horizon foods.  They quietly phased out the use of organic products without making any changes to the label and used non-organic milk produced under factory farm conditions.  As well, they dropped the quality of their organic soy and began purchasing cheaper harvests from Asia.  Meanwhile, unwitting retailers had no idea that the company had ceased producing the items organically, and continued to promote the products as they had previous to the acquisition.

Right now, these are some labels to look for.

  • 7th Generation
  • Amy’s Kitchens
  • Apple and Eve
  • Applegate
  • Azumaya
  • Blue Diamond
  • Bob’s Red Mill
  • Bossa Nova
  • Cal Organics
  • Cedarlane
  • Cell-nique
  • Choice Organic Teas
  • Clif Bar/ Nectar Fruit
  • Coombs Family Farmers
  • Cosorzio All Natural
  • Country Choice
  • Crystal Geyser Alpine Water
  • Doctor Kracker
  • Dr. McDougall’s
  • Dr. Praeger
  • Eat Raw
  • Echo Farms
  • EcoMeal
  • Eddie’s Pasta
  • Eden Foods (The only company NOT
  • using harmful plastic in the lining of their
  • cans as bonding agent!)
  • Edward and Sons
  • Endangered Species Chocolate
  • Ener-G
  • EnvironKiz
  • Fantastic Foods.
  • Giving Nature
  • Golden Temple
  • Go Naturally
  • Greenway Farms
  • Harvest Bay
  • Hawthorne Valley
  • Ian’s Natural Foods
  • Koyo Organics
  • Lakewood
  • Lesser Evil
  • Let’s Do…Organics
  • LifeStream
  • Living Harvest
  • Lundberg Family
  • Madhava
  • Murray’s Chicken
  • Nasoya
  • Native Forest
  • Natural by Nature
  • Nature Factor
  • Nature’s Path
  • Newman’s Own Organic
  • Organic Prarie
  • Organic Valley
  • Pacific Naturals
  • Pamela’s
  • Peace Cereal
  • Petalumi
  • Rapunzel
  • Real Foods
  • Republic of Teas
  • Road’s End Organics
  • San J
  • Sensible Foods
  • Seven Star Farms
  • Sunergia
  • Tasty Bite Indian
  • Terra Nostra
  • Texmati
  • Theo chocolates
  • Think Organic
  • Turtle Mountain Toferky
  • Vermont Mystic Pie
  • Vitasoy
  • Vita Spelt
  • Vivani Chocolate
  • Wizard’s Saucery
  • Woodstock Farms
  • XOXOXO chocolate
  • Yogi Tea
  • Zija
  • Zoe’s Granola
Another way to avoid unscrupulous food producers is through an App called Buycott.  If you happen to have an iPhone, this App can be used to check a product that you see in the stores to see what corporate links exist.  You can find it HERE. (Thank you to Miranda for this link!) If I had a cellphone, I would definitely download this tool.

Of course, the best ways to avoid GMOs and toxic additives are to avoid packaged foods altogether.

Please add your own blacklisted items in the comments section below!

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, where this article first appeared, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at


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Chuck Moon said...

Great piece--as always.
This is an awesome list to have, and yeah--surprising who is owned by who. I wonder if you follow the progressive Radio Network? Gary Null has a show on WBAI that I listen to. You'd probably like the programming. It's another source speaking the truth about what is happening around us.
We're listening. We're reading. Rightfully cautious and incurably optimistic, we carry on, as we have carried on before and as we shall do so onward into the future.
You can't stop people.
You can't control them.
You can't enslave them--not for long.
You can try, oh Powers That Be, but you will not win. When it's scumbags verses the human spirit, scumbags always fail.

Anonymous said...

Forget the Buycott app. It forces Facebook or other registration.

Angela said...

I am SO disgusted with Horizon!!! >:/ I am on Foodstamps and sacrificing to get that milk and eggs for my son! How is that even legal?! Now I have to take two busses on an hour and a half trip to get my food from Trader Joes!

Anonymous said...

so is Vita SOy and Nature's Path and a few others in your list non-GMO?

Anonymous said...

I'm so disgusted with Activist Post's hypocrisy. There sponsor is Adya Clarity, a known poison as it has been proven to be a fraud as it is battery acid you are supposed to drink. Yet, Activist Post has the gall to recommend what to eat and what to avoid???? You people are pure evil.

ED said...

I will stick to non GMO fruits and veggies and grass fed and free range animal proteins.Nothing with labels for me.

Anonymous said...

A good topic with lots of good info.

Since big evil corporate scum continually buy up small honest food producers.........the information and facts are always changing.
We all have to keep paying attention, and we need to learn from each other about which companies are safe or not. A list put up here once a month, that allows people to weigh in would be helpful. There are too many food products for one person to keep track of. A cooperative socialistic approach where we all share what we know would help us all.

Anonymous said...

Ya know, as an old geezer of 60 years age, between having to buy all my foods processed, due to food allergies and medical conditions, now ya's put this list up.

Great! Fine! Thank you for informing me.

However, with all the 'good labels', ya just raised my food bill $150.00!!

Are YOU gonna pay that difference?
I don't think so.

Thanks for all your work and effort, but i'll have to pass on this one.

Anonymous said...

Remember.... take the time/energy to make foods from scratch. Why pay someone else to make your foods? And.... bread machines make it easy to have homemade breads.

Anonymous said...

Ya know, as a doctor of 60 years of age....I recommend good clean non processed food to cure food allergies and medical conditions.
But my cure does not make me any money, so I am a small time doctor, and TV ads targeting dumb people make my patients think they are smarter than me. So they keep eating crappy processed food, and their food allergies and medical conditions continue to get worse. Very sad.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see Organic Valley is on the good list,it is the countries largest organic food coops and is only blocks away from me.I am also fortunate to be surrounded by organic farmers and Amish farmers (the original organic farmers).I also enjoy growing my own veggies,I love my veggies...

Anonymous said...

Growing your own food is like printing your own money ;)

Katheen said...

Great information!

Watch Bob's Red Mill - if it's not marked ORGANIC it may contain GMO's. In particular, Bob's cornmeal.

Anonymous said...

Great information. It'll be hard, but I'll try. When I started reading the first list, all I could think was, "Sh*t! I'm gonna starve!"

Gloria Lau said...

I guess my husband and I are healthier than we thought. We only ever get Silk soy milk and Triscuit, but we'll get something else from now on. It never stops to amaze me how much people rely on processed food. We make everything from scratch and that's definitely what I'd recommend!

Anonymous said...

REPUBLICAN Senator Roy Blunt???

Anonymous said...

Taco Bell isn't listed and last I heard, they were owned by PepsiCo.

Darcy Webb said...

This list basically covers all that I eat! I wonder what would happen to shipping companies in Ontario if all of these companies took a nose dive?

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