October 11, 2012

Non-GMO Masa

Did I mention this already? I was searching for GMO-free masa (because we hate GMOs but loooove tamales) and contacted Bob's Red Mill about their masa...

Hi Annie,
Thank you for your e-mail. Here at Bob’s Red Mill, we only purchase identity-preserved products that originate from non-GMO seed. We think it is very important to offer the most natural, wholesome flours and grains. You can purchase our products knowing that we make honest decisions on behalf of our customers.
I will note that the reason we do not label our products as non-GMO is because we cannot guarantee the complete absence of genetic modification in our products because of wind drift, pollinators and our lack of testing equipment. We are, however, venturing into GMO testing so that we can guarantee our products’ GMO-free status. This is a new venture that will hopefully be in fruition by next year.
Let me know if you have any further questions, take care.
Andrey Gorban
Customer Service Representative
Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods

Yay Bob's Red Mill! 

I'm very happy to see that they're going to start a testing program.

More on GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms):
Mark Bittman in the NY Times on GMOs and Prop 37 in CA
The Non-GMO Project
GMO Myths and Truths from the Organic Consumer's Association


  1. This is wonderful! And good for them writing back to you in such a professional and detailed way. Love it!

  2. I asked the same question and got the exact same response. This indicates that Bob's Red Mill is concerned enough with the GMO issue to format a standard reply. They must have been getting this question a lot.

    1. Oh yeah, I'm sure they're getting that getting that question a ton. People are becoming much more aware. I hope prop 37 passes!