Supplier(s): Grain Millers Inc. (Minnesota) and Avena Foods (Canada)
Grown in: Upper Midwest & Canada
Why We Love Them: We love oats because they are naturally gluten free, high in protein and fiber. They also have a soft, chewy texture and subtly sweet taste.
Sustainability Factors: When raised rotationally amongst corn and soy bean crops, oats can improve the health of soils, improve water quality and reduce chemical inputs. In addition, diversifying the crop rotation can lead to greater profitability for farmers. You can read more about small grains sustainability here.
The non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently found glyphosate residues in dozens of oat-based products. We have been working closely with our out suppliers for the last few years to address this issue and both of our oat millers have had policies for at least 3 years regarding the use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest desiccant.
In September 2018, we had our products lab tested for glyphosate residues and glyphosate was not detected. The lab detection limit was 5 parts per billion (ppb) which is even lower than the EWG study. We will continue to implement a routine glyphosate testing of our products and the results will be posted here. Hopefully other companies will follow suit.