This is a beautifully designed restaurant you should check out in the south bay of San Francisco. The owners are VERY committed to organic and non GMO food. See below for more specifics on what they use. The space is designed in an eco friendly way as well. Please support this restaurant, they are going the extra mile on everything to make sure they use the cleanest and healthiest ingredients.They use organic corn tortillas for the wild cod tacos.The only oils used are: Rice bran oil to fry our organic hand cut frie, Olive oil to sauté, Extra virgin olive oil to make dressings, Organic olive oil pan spray.Organic tofu for our organic kale saladOrganic sugarOrganic honeyTheir chicken and turkey (for the burger) comes from Coastal Range OrganicsAll beef and pork and lamb products come from Marin Sun Farms Green label 100% pastured and grass fed.Eggs are all organic pastured hen eggs from Alexander Kid farms.Dairy is from Strauss creamery and Clover OrganicsProduce is purchased from: Happy Boy Organic Farms, Fifth Crow Organic Farms, and Nunez Organic FarmsPastas are made from organic flour.They make their ketchup from all organic ingredients.Almost everything they use is organic about 80 to 90%, and they are not using any known GMOs.
We are so excited to have recently discoverd Mindful Meats, a local bay area company committed to certified organic, non GMO verified, Pastured raised local beef. It doesn't get any better than this. I don't know of any other beef company that has both organic and non gmo certification. Please support this amazing company!
Here is a list of local bay area grocery stores and restaurants that are carrying Mindful Meats products.
Currently, we are carried in the following Grocery Stores:
- Andy’s Produce, in Sebastopol, California
- Arcata Co-op, Arcata, California
- California Fresh Market, Pismo Beach, California
- Chautauqua Natural Foods, Garberville, California
- Deluxe Foods of Aptos, in Aptos, California
- Driver’s Market, Sausalito, California
- Earthbeam Natural Foods, Burlingame, California
- Food for Humans, Guerneville, California
- Good Earth Natural Foods, in Fairfax, California
- Good Life Grocery, San Francisco, California
- Lake County Co-op, Lakeport, California
- McKinleyville Central Market, McKinleyville, California
- Mill Valley Market, in Mill Valley, California
- Mariposa Market, Willits, California
- New Leaf Community Markets, in Felton, California
- North Coast Co-op, Eureka, California
- Oliver’s Market – Stony Point, Santa Rosa, California
- Oliver’s Market – Cotati, Cotati, California
- Oliver’s Market – Montecito, Santa Rosa, California
- Outer Aisle Foods, Murphys, California
- Palace Market, in Point Reyes Station, California
- Sonoma Market, Sonoma, California
- Shelton’s Natural Foods Market, Healdsburg, California
- Spencer’s Fresh Markets, San Luis Obsipo, California
- Sunshine Health Foods, Morro Bay, California
- Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Sacramento, California
- Real Food Company, San Francisco, California
- Three Stone Hearth, Berkeley, California
- Alex Italian Restaurant, Rutherford, California
- Bar Tartine Restaurant, in San Francisco, California
- Barn Diva, Healdsburg, California
- Big 3 Cafe at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, Sonoma, CA
- Caleruega Hall at Dominican University, San Rafael, CA
- Country Fresh Cafe, Cotati, CA
- Cowgirl Creamery Cantina, Point Reyes Station, California
- Diavola Pizzeria, Geyserville, California
- The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, Sonoma, CA
- Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, CA
- Fork Full of Earth, organic catering services in Fairfax, CA
- Gather Restaurant, in Berkeley California
- Grapevine Catering, local food catering services, Santa Rosa, CA
- Harvest Moon Cafe, Sonoma, CA
- Jordan Vineyard and Winery, Healdsburg, CA
- Konjoe Burger, San Jose, California
- Mustard’s Grill, Napa, CA
- Osteria Stellina Restaurant, in Point Reyes Station, California
- Petaluma Pie Company, Petaluma, CA
- Peter Lowell’s, Sebastopol, California
- Piazza de Campovida, Hopland, California
- Pizzalina, San Anselmo, CA
- Verbena Restaurant, San Francisco, California
- Vin Antico, San Rafael, CA
After many years of searching, I finally found an amazing Non GMO Gluten Free bread that I love. Happy Campers Gluten Free bread is 100% Non GMO and mostly organic. They sell to restaurants, and they carry a variety of flavors and even buns. The buns are great options for those great grass fed burger places, or for a veggie burger. So few restaurants are carrying gluten free breads and buns, I would like to see more restaurants add this to their menu. The restaurants where I have seen gluten free bread almost always carry Udi's which is not Non GMO and is not organic. You can also order and have it delivered to your house too, it makes the best toast ever.
Super Duper Burger is using GMO fed meat provided by Niman Ranch. So many people believe that Niman Ranch is 100% natural and grass fed and even organic, not TRUE! Niman Ranch uses GMO feed to feed their cows and they do not disclose it on their website. You can see the facebook post below where they openly admit to this. I also have a couple of emails from Niman Ranch directly admitting that they are totally fine with their farmers using GMO feed, which totally contradicts what they have on their website and seems very dishonest to me. I have a post about Niman Ranch using GMOs here and the info on their website. I went to Super Duper in the city and was told by the manager that their burgers are 100% grass fed, this is NOT TRUE, and I find this kind of misinformation and greenwashing really frustrating. If you want to use regular "all natural" beef which is another way of saying GMO fed meat, then by all means do it, but you should not be saying your meat is grass fed in your advertising and your employees should understand the difference between grass fed, and just regular "all natural" meat, which again is not really "all natural" because the animals are eating GMOs, and GMOs are anything but natural. If you want to learn more about the "all natural" scam, you can read more about it in this article. Please Email Super Duper Burger and let them know you don't want to eat GMO fed meat. There are plenty of other meat producers that really are grass fed or organic and are not using GMO feed. Super Duper Burger is using Strauss Organic ice cream for their shakes which I think is one of the best dairy companies out there, Strauss is Organic and Non GMO verified. The chicken on the Super Duper Burger menu I assume is GMO fed because every chicken producer that is not organic is now using GMO feed. I think they also fry the french fries in rice bran oil, not GMO canola oil, at least when I asked that is what I was told. I am not sure about the rest of the condiments and sauces and the GMO status of those, but I will email the company to find out and post results here. Update two months later: Never heard back from the company on my questions.
Chipotle has taken a bold stand againist factory farming, it's the only fast food chain that I know of that has done this. Even though it is still very difficult to get a non gmo meal there, they are at least revealing which food ingredients have GMOs in them, and they are striving to eventually reduce or eliminate GMOs in their menu, but it will take some time. I have a lot of appreciation and respect for a company that is willing to be honest and up front about their ingredients with full disclosure. Not many companies are willing to do this. For now you can look at their menu ingredients to see what is GMO. Be sure to read their comments under GMOs on the right hand side on the bottom. I love this company and the honesty they have demonstrated by giving full disclosure to their customers. I heard recently that they are in the process of switching out their soybean oil for their fryer and cooking oils, but only some locations have implemented this. Also, keep in mind, the meat is currently fed GMOs, but is not factory farmed. They recently released a statement acknowledging this and that they are looking into the issue of trying to get more Non GMO ingredients including the meat. But I imagine this will take quite awhile given that there is hardly any animal feed that is not GMO anymore, unless it is certified organic.
I am very moved by their videos they have done to shed light on the horrors of factory farming. Check out the Chipotle scarecrow video above and back to the start video. If you are going to eat fast food this is the place to do it, even though they are not Non GMO YET, they at least care about animal welfare and their ingredients and do NOT support facotry farming, and they are working on going Non GMO. What other fast food chains can say that? Email Chipotle and tell them you want Non GMO food and meat and that you care about these issues and are willing to pay a litlte more in prices to not eat GMOs. I still won't eat at Chipotle right now because of all the GMOs, but I will become one of their most loyal customers once they have some Non GMO meal options on their menu.
I recently found this great article which was just released in October 2013 with more current information on Chipotle and GMOs. Love what Chipotle is doing, they are setting such a great example of integrity in fast food!
Amazing Organic Restaurant in San Diego - Haggo's Organic Taco
We are so excited to have found another organic and 100% GMO free restaurant in San Diego. Hagoo's Organic Taco in Encinitas. This is our new favorite place to eat in San Diego. Adorable little quirky place on the coast, the food is absolutley delicious! 95% to 98% certified organic and 100% Non GMO. The owner is super knowledgable about food and his sources and he investigates them thoroughly to avoid all GMOs. It is so inspiring to meet someone who is so passionate and cares so much about food and what he serves his customers. Meeting Haggo made our trip and gave us hope that some people really do care about the food they serve. Thank you for inspiring us Haggo, you have serious food integrity and we really appreciate it! They use certified organic Mary's Chicken, and 100% grass fed beef from Grateful Harvest. They have options for both vegetarians and meat eaters. Almost all produce is certifeid organic except for limes. Uses organic saflower oil for cooking. Buys produce from Alberts Organics and Coral Tree Organic Farm, also has a small organic garden on property. All plates and forks are made with plant based non GMO materials. This place is the real deal! They are only open for lunch right now 11 to 3, closed Mondays.
I am so thrilled that Plant Organic Cafe has opened up in Mill Valley. Marin County really didn't technically have a fully organic restaurant now that Cafe Gratitude closed in San Rafael this year. All of that has changed. The Plant Cafe is here and it's the real deal, they do not serve GMOs and almost everything is organic. There are a few non organic items which are listed on the menu, also some of their snack bags and bars by the counter are not organic and their gluten free bread is not organic. This is my favorite organic restaurant to eat at in San Francisco, so excited that they have finally come to Mill Valley/Marin County. We really needed this! If you want to eat out at a restaurant and be sure you are getting pure, clean, local, organic, real GMO free food, this is THE place to go. They serve organic meat and vegan/vegetarian food with gluten free options as well. There is something for everyone.
The nearly all organic restaurant menu items range from grains and pastas, house-made pastries and desserts, and soups, salads, sandwiches and more. almost everything is made from scratch in the kitchen. It also features fresh squeezed juice bar and smoothies, and special cleansing packages. Many items are seasonal, and almost everything is made from scratch in the kitchen. They also have free range certified organic poultry and sustainable seafood. They get most of their produce from the Marin Civic Center Farmers Market.
They just opened and don't yet have much info on the Plant Organic website. The location is Suite 801 at 800 Redwood Highway in Strawberry Village in Mill Valley.
Yes, Niman Ranch uses commercial GMO feed.
I can't tell you how many times I have been told by restaurant servers, managers or chefs that Niman Ranch is "all natural, organic and/or pasture raised meat", not true! So much misinformation out there about Niman Ranch. Some Niman Ranch ranchers and farms use commercial GMO feed for the animals and they are not organic and not 100% pasture raised and they do not segregate the animals based on what animals are receiving GMO feed. I have confirmed this with Niman Ranch directly on two seperate occasions. I have a problem with this because they make it seem like this is not the case in their advertising and on their website. I find what they say on their website downright dishonest. I asked them why they state on their website that they try to avoid GMOs when in fact they do not, and they never responded to that question.
Here is what their website says:
Does Niman Ranch use genetically modified (GMO) feeds or animals?
Unfortunately, use of GMOs is now prevalent in the U.S., and cross-contamination of non-GMO fields due to wind drift from genetically modified crops does sometimes occur. Consequently, while we make every effort to keep GMO material out of our feeds, we cannot guarantee that our feeds are 100% free of GMOs.
Here is their response to my email asking them if they use any GMO feed:
Thank you for contacting Niman Ranch. Although many of our farmers and ranchers do not use GMO feed there are some of our farmers and ranchers that do use GMOs in the feed. We do not segregate the animals based on this before processing.
Niman Ranch Customer Service
Also, here is a facebook post where they admit to this as well.
The problem I have with this is that they make it sound like the only GMOs in their feed is from cross contamination, this is NOT true. There is a big difference between .05% cross contaimination of GMOs versus using straight up commerical GMO feed which is 90% to 100% pure GMO. They admit that some of their farmers are using straight up commercial GMO feed (which is almost pure GMO) and yet they advertise to consumers on their site that they only have GMOs because of "cross contamination." This is very deceptive to consumers. Yes, there is cross contaimination of GMOs in micro amounts even in organics, but using this as an excuse to just not even try and go ahead and use full on commercial GMO feed while at the same time advertising that they have GMOs only because of cross contamination is not accurate.
They also say they make every effort to keep GMO material out of their feed, NOT true. If they were making every effort, then they would require their ranchers to use organic feed or Non GMO feed, and/ or their animals would be 100% grassfed/ pasture raised and finished, that is what defines "making every effort," and there are a lot of meat ranchers doing just this, this is the only way to keep GMOs out of their feed. I don't trust this company or their advertising and won't eat their meat. I hope consumers put pressure on them to remove this deceptive info from their website and advertising. I have no problem with them using GMO feed if that is what they want to do, but I do have a problem with them advertising that they are not and only have micro amounts due to cross contamination, when this is just totally false.
I understand that they are running a business and need to make a profit and many farmers are in a position of being stuck using GMO feed when they would strongly prefer to not use it. There is no Non GMO feed anymore, feed is now either GMO or it's organic. Farmers are in a tough position because they need to raise their prices in order to not use GMOs and go organic, and customers want low prices. Customers need to be willing to pay higher prices to have the luxury of not eating GMOs and to demand that their restaurants and farmers take a stand on this and support them in raising prices. I empathize with farmers and restaurants who are struggling with this issue, at the same time, I do not appreciate being lied to and told that companies like Niman Ranch make all efforts to avoid GMOs when they do not. I also am frustrated when I go to a restaurant and am told the meat is Niman Ranch and it is organic, when it is far from it. This is just not right and I feel the need to speak up about it. I know there are a lot of people out there being told they are eating organic or pasture raised "sustainable" meat at restaurants when they in fact are not, so my intention is to help educate people.
Niman Ranch used to be all natural and grass fed when it was run by the original owner Bill Niman. It is now owned by Chicago's Natural Food Holdings LLC. Bill Niman has stated that he will no longer eat their products. Here is an article about this. Bill Niman is now the owner of BN Ranch and BN Ranch meat is truly sustainable, grass fed, and Non GMO.
Please email Niman Ranch customer service and let them know how you feel about GMOs and to encourage them to remove GMO feed from their products. Also let them know if you think they are being dishonest on their website by saying that they try to avoid GMOs, when in fact, they allow their farmers to use GMO commercial feed, this does not add up and is downright deceptive advertising in my opinion.
Please educate restaurants that serve Niman Ranch, most of them are innocently serving Niman Ranch products not knowing that they are fed GMOs. Click here for some suggested farms/ purveyors sources for truly organic, 100% pasture raised / grass finished raised Non GMO meat.
This is a great blog post on having healthy skepticism towards companies using greenwashing claiming they are "all natural". The meat at Chipotle is fed GMO commercial feed, this is not all natural, far from it. The corn products, tortillas and chips are also not organic and most likley GMO. Dairy is not organic either. They have very little organic items too, last I checked the cilantro and 40% of the beans, the rest is not. I won't eat at Chipotle because of this. Their marketing sounds great, but they are full of GMOs. I hope they really do go "all natural" someday.