Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Arran Stephens, CEO of Nature’s Path. For those who don’t know, Nature’s Path is the largest organic breakfast foods company in North America, and one of the biggest supporters of the initiative to have genetically modified foods labeled. (Nature’s Path donated $660,000 to Prop. 37.) Nature’s Path is an independent business, owned by Stephens and his family.
Stephens believes strongly that GMOs are harmful to the land and its people. He has witnessed, as the rest of us have, that some organic companies have sided with the opposition of the labeling initiative. He views that this was done because these companies were sold to junk food companies who made the decision to donate to the other side. Stephens vows not to follow in their footsteps. That’s why he’s keeping Nature’s Path in the family. “We’re not for sale,” he says.