I’m back at it. I’m on a quest for easy shopping GMO Free. Its proving to be more difficult than I thought. So Foster Farms says they don’t use hormones and their chickens are fed an ‘vegetarian diet’. Well, that should be a given. So I called them to find out if their vegetarian diet included Monsanto seeds, CORN. The consumer affairs person told me that they grow their own corn, and that when they run out then they buy off the commodities market. Great! So my next question is what percentage of what is bought, is used?
I received a canned response from them titled:
2008? Really? Can’t update this document that parafrased says this. While they are sensitive to the growing GMO Concern they buy (corn/soy) ingredients from a variety of suppliers and they ‘MIGHT’ containe biotechnology components, but they are met by the FDA requirements. They go on to say that testing now shows that animals digesting genetically modified grains, show no difference between them and natural grains. Foster Farms says they will continue to watch science and monitor it, but for now its all good.
Then at the very bottom I’m sent this:
Foster Farms does also have an organic line of product called “Coastal Range Organics”. If you are interested, here is the link to the website for that product line www.coastalrangeorganics.com
So I checked out the site, and here the chickens are fed 100% a fully-organic diet with all-natural, 100% vegetarian grain feed, free of any animal by-products and synthetic additives. That’s why they are naturally great tasting.
So I went back to Foster Farms and asked if the corn that the chickens eat were verified NOT MONSANTO. I was told ” GM grains are not allowed in organic feed for certified organic chicken, so there is no GM corn or soy in the feed. ” I was also given a link to their listing on a Quality Assurance Certified Organic Website. Yeah!
You want Non-Monsanto Chickens, eat Foster Farms Organic Brand – Coastal Range Organics. I asked where I can buy them. No response… So I googled it. Still no response. Hmmmm. I’m open to suggestions, does anyone know where I can buy Organic Chickens in South County, OC?
Here’s their website for more details. At least it appears they are making an effort… why is this not more available to us though? We want change FOSTER FARMS… IT WOULD BE BETTER IF I KNEW WHERE I COULD BUY THEM.
Update: After getting a free coupon from Foster Farms, Thanks! I still had no idea where to buy them. Finally, after a third request to them I got this email:
Dear Alexandra Teklak:
Thank you for contacting Coastal Range Organics. We distribute our products to the list of major retailers below that appear to be in your area. Because we often deliver to centralized distribution centers, not every location carries our full line of products. We recommend that you call the meat or grocery department of a specific location to confirm that the item you are looking for is currently in stock before making a special trip. Additionally, many stores will special order an item for their customers, so long as their distribution center carries that item.