Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Our Next Group Switch: Soy Sauce

Now that everyone has switched to organic ketchup, here’s my idea for our second group change: soy sauce.

Since over 90 percent of the soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified (and sprayed with pesticides), it’s safe to assume that the popular domestically-produced non-organic soy sauces are using GM crops.

Remember, organic foods cannot contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and are grown without pesticides.

Similar to ketchup, I find that a bottle of soy sauce lasts a long time, so I have no qualms about spending a little more in order to avoid the GMOs and pesticides.

By far the best deal I found—organic or conventional—is at Whole Foods, where the store’s house brand (365 Everyday Value) of organic soy sauce is $2.49 for a 10-ounce bottle.

Conventional soy sauce from Kikkoman (the leading national brand), sells for $2.89 and higher (10 ounces) in other markets. Kikkoman also makes an organic soy sauce, found at Whole Foods for $3.99 (10 ounces) and $4.99 (15 ounces).

San-J makes quality organic soy sauces which can be $1 to $2 more expensive than conventional soy sauces, depending on where you shop. Cheaper options from San-J are its conventional soy sauces, which—good news—also don’t contain GMOs (but use soybeans grown with pesticides).

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