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Organic, Natural—and Corporate?

 by Keith Goetzman


Tags: Environment, food, organics, food labeling, corporations, independent brands,

Arrowhead Mills productsYou can be forgiven if you’ve grown somewhat cynical about food labeling in the organic and natural aisle: Lately it always seems to turn out that brands with names like Grandma’s Garden are fabricated and owned by Acme Evil Megafoods Inc. At EcoSalon, Vanessa Barrington sizes up 10 big organic and natural food brands to explore who owns what, and what they’re putting into their products.

Can you guess which of the following brands on the list are still independently owned, even though they’ve grown large enough to make it to your local market?

  • Amy’s
  • Arrowhead Mills
  • Cascadian Farms
  • Eden
  • Horizon
  • Nature’s Path
  • Newman’s Own Organics
  • Organic Valley
  • Stonyfield
  • White Wave/Silk

Read Barrington’s full post at EcoSalon for her thoughtful analysis and commentary on these 10 brands. The website has become a must-bookmark destination for people interested in solid, sane advice on living green. Recent topics have included the Purell-ification of flu-panicked America, a new Levi’s clothing tag that promotes Goodwill donations, and seven delicious non-tofu meat alternatives.

Thanks, Alternet.

Image by arincrumley, licensed under Creative Commons.

Source: EcoSalon