Non-GMO Project Verified
What are GMO’s?
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) 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. GMO’s are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. A growing body of evidence connects GMO’s with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
Are GMO’s safe?
GMO’s have not yet been properly tested for human safety. In nearly 50 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are restrictions or bans on the production and sale of GMO’s. In the U.S., the government has approved GMO’s based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them. However, without conducting government-regulated controlled studies on large populations, the long-term effects GMO’s may have on public health remain unclear. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.
What is the NON-GMO Project?
The NON-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of NON-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified NON-GMO choices. Offering North America’s only third party verification and labeling for NON-GMO food and products. The NON-GMO Project also works to educate consumers and the food industry to help build awareness about GMO’s and their impact on our health and food systems. The NON-GMO Project began as an initiative of independent natural foods retailers who were interested in providing their customers with more information regarding the GMO risk of their products. The NON-GMO verification seal indicates that the product bearing the seal has gone through the NON-GMO verification process. An assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance.
With the help of organizations like the NON-GMO Project, consumers can determine what products to watch for and how they can make the right choices to suit their lifestyles. A complete list of over 6,000 products that are NON-GMO Project Verified is available in an online directory and as an iPhone app to make shopping easier.
How common are GMO’s?
In the US and Canada, GMO’s are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. The annual June Agricultural Survey compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service showed that between 2000 and 2011, 81–86% of all corn and 87–90% of all soybeans planted in the US were genetically modified crops.
What if I only buy organic?
Shopping organic is a terrific way to eat the healthiest foods possible. Although GMO’s are an excluded method under the National Organic Program, organic certification does not require GMO testing. Choosing products that are Certified Organic AND NON-GMO Project Verified is the best way to make sure you are getting the highest-quality food for your family.
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