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Hello, my name is Megan Gerard and this is my very first blog for Cadre Company, I am very excited to share this journey with you. My husband came up with the name Cadre Company because Cadre’s definition is “framework,” here at Cadre Company we believe in providing the framework to those who search to incorporate a more self-sustainable lifestyle into their homes. As we have seen the great need in our own lives to bring back into focus whats important that,

when you live, life, simply you are able to live,
life more fully.

I am a stay at home mom of four Children, three young boys and a daughter. I have loved being a stay at home mom running here and there enjoying my children and their activities. In doing so, I think I have every fast food menu memorized. As the years have gone by raising my family through sicknesses, changes in our lives, the rushing from here to there, all the activities were taking its toll. I started to look more seriously at the direction my husband began in leading the way to a sustainable life. I have always been interested in the organic lifestyle, Non-GMO seeds, eating more organic, growing a garden, even having chickens and using fewer chemicals in our everyday life. I have read many books on organic living, I have followed many bloggers, I use essential oils in my everyday life and herbs but, my life was, is, too busy to put any or all of it into action or so I thought.
I have realized as my husband has, how we have given our lives and health over to convenience, we hope with Cadre Company we can form the framework and products to build a community that supports one another in a self-sustainable lifestyle wherever they are in their journey. At Cadre we are here to encouraging one another in growing gardens, canning, sharing recipes, using whole grains, ensuring pure drinking water, and in using the old ways that are tried and true but, not neglecting the technology that is available to us.

Welcome to Cadre Company,



Recently I have been trying to wrap my head around the term Non-GMO. With many news articles circulating on foreign countries refusing our genetically modified products and the adverse side effects makes me wonder, “why are we are letting GMO’s into our food?”

I am constantly left with the same question, how can I figure out how to reduce our exposure until we know for sure this is safe for our families? That’s when I found the NON-GMO Project on a friends FB page. I hope you to find the following information as helpful as I found it in explaining what GMO’s are and what to avoid.

According to the NON-GMO Project, “GMOs are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.”

The following information is also from the Non-GMO Project of what are high risk crops, common ingredients derived from GMO risk crops as well as food items you might be wondering about;
High-Risk Crops (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):

  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.
You may also be wondering about…

  • Tomatoes: In 1994, genetically modified Flavr Savr tomatoes became the first commercially produced GMOs. They were brought out of production just a few years later, in 1997, due to problems with flavor and ability to hold up in shipping. There are no genetically engineered tomatoes in commercial production, and tomatoes are considered “low-risk” by the Non-GMO Project Standard.
  • Potatoes: Genetically modified NewLeaf potatoes were introduced by Monsanto in 1996. Due to consumer rejection by several fast-food chains and chip makers, the product was never successful and was discontinued in the spring of 2001. There are no genetically engineered potatoes in commercial production, and potatoes are considered “low-risk” by the Non-GMO Project Standard.
  • Wheat: There is not currently, nor has there ever been, any genetically engineered wheat on the market. Of all “low-risk” crops, this is the one most commonly (and incorrectly) assumed to be GMO. It is a key commodity crop, and the biotech industry is pushing hard to bring GMO varieties to market. The Non-GMO Project closely watches all development on this front.
  • Salmon: A company called AquaBounty is currently petitioning the FDA to approve its genetically engineered variety of salmon, which has met with fierce consumer resistance.
  • Pigs: A genetically engineered variety of pig, called Enviropig was developed by scientists at the University of Guelph, with research starting in 1995 and government approval sought beginning in 2009. In 2012 the University announced an end to the Enviropig program, and the pigs themselves were euthanized in June 2012.”

To learn more go to, they also have a fantastic app where you can find Non-GMO products, brands, as well as supporting retailers.

Live Life Simply


Finding the best products to make
this lifestyle happen.

We are so excited to get Cadre Company up and going and bringing our fantastic line of products to you. We hope you make this journey with us wherever you are in the organic community. We are just beginners, educating ourselves for the past few years and finding the best products to make this lifestyle happen. My hope with our blog and outside social media sources I hope to bring you relevant information that has shaped our family to your family. I hope we can create a community here where we can share ideas and support each other to live simply. At Cadre we are creating and finding the framework for a line of recipes for cleaning supplies, baking mixes and food recipes all in one place as a resource for you to use in our specialty containers and spray bottles. With the cost of living soaring and the amount of waste we our producing daily it’s time to choose to live simply.

Please email us at with your ideas and products you hope to see us carry in the future. And, maybe your idea will make it to our blog to share with our Cadre Company community.

Live Life Simply



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