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At GrandyOats, we honor our hippie heritage as more than just some psychedelic sideshow that’s long since had its day. In fact, the movement that first dawned 50 years ago was ignited by the same call for natural harmony that inspires GrandyOats today. As Real Granolas, we put that principle into practice with a sustainable focus on physical, social, and environmental health.
Our commitment begins with products made from 100% organic ingredients, all natural sweeteners, and a decision to always say NO! to GMO's. And it only makes sense that food fashioned with a focus on purity is handmade in small batches to match Mother Nature's care.
Those products come from people, and our universal concern for them starts very close to home. We hire workers near our rural Maine bakery to build the local bonds and economy that spreads enduring social benefits beyond our front door. Our community is also home to the organic business partners who make our combined efforts so much greater than the sum of its parts. And any capital we need comes from the neighbor banks who share our goal of acting locally to inspire global change.
Moving from our former digs in a restored dairy barn to our new home in an abandoned elementary school follows the earth's elegant lead in bringing new life from the old. But the best tribute we've found to honor our world is building a business that taps directly into its power.
Our Hiram, Maine home is a 100% solar-powered bakery that generates enough clean, renewable energy to offset 145,000 pounds of greenhouse gasses every year (more than the output of seven average American homes).
As New England's first net zero food production facility, we've proven that the vision that sparked a generation of starry-eyed hippies is still shining brightly at GrandyOats today.
Becoming certified organic in 2004 was a huge accomplishment for us that we are extremely proud of. Having over 10 years under our belt, it has become second nature to us, but we realize not everyone understands the importance of organic. You read and hear about non-GMO all the time now. Being organic means being non-GMO. We are now Non-GMO Verified! See next section for more information on Non-GMO and become aware.
Since we became certified organic, our business has grown tremendously and unlike many businesses, we know our growth has not come at the expense of our planet’s resources.
We estimate that over 300 acres of organic oats are grown for us. When you include our other ingredients, our positive impact is substantial. The land used to cultivate ingredients made for our products has no chemical fertilizers or pesticides and is harvested by farmers who did not have to handle chemicals. We believe, in our own way, we're making our world a better place simply by using food that was grown in a sustainable way.
Here are just a few of the benefits to eating organic:
• Organic Foods are more nutritious, especially raw and minimally processed foods. On average, organic foods are 25% more nutritious, with more beta-carotene and other vitamins, antioxidants (cancer-fighters), flavonoids (help stave off heart problems), polyphenols and essential fatty acids.
• NO chemical additives, artificial sweeteners, chemical preservatives or contaminants that are known to cause health problems.
• Less negative environmental impact. Organic farming has been shown to improve wildlife habitats, increase soil health, and create more jobs than industrial farming. We produce our granolas, nuts and trail mixes the way nature intended. We give back to the earth and the earth gives great ingredients back to us!
Our products became Non-GMO Verified in 2014 and we proudly show the seal on our packages and bulk bin tags right next to the USDA Organic logo. You will never find GMO's in our products! We never use artificial ingredients or refined sweeteners in our food.
What are GMOs?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
We do not use any ingredients that are GMO. Here are the current GMO crops that are the real issue. We use none of these at GrandyOats.
To learn more about GMOs, visit the NON-GMO PROJECT.