What are GMOs?
A genetically modified organism is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Although labeling of genetically modified organism (GMO) products in the marketplace is required in 64 countries, it is not required in the United States and no distinction between marketed GMO and non-GMO foods is recognized by the US FDA.
A variety of classification schemes have been proposed that order genetically modified organisms based on the nature of introduced genotypical changes rather than the process of genetic engineering. GMO crops can, however, result in genetic contamination of native plant species through hybridization.
This product list highlights products in each store that have been verified under the Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program. The Product Verification Program uses a process that combines on-site facility audits, document-based review and product testing to verify compliance with the standard at every level of the supply chain, from manufacturing facilities to ingredient suppliers.
For a product to be verified and bear the seal, it must undergo a process through which any ingredient at high risk for GMO contamination — soy or corn, for example — has been proven to meet the standard through avoidance practices and testing.
Speak out about GMOs
Put your talents and creativity to work to improve the quality of life in your community. Whether it's organizing a farmer's market, painting a mural, composting, or launching a camp, community projects bring about awareness.
There are a vast number of people in the U.S., Canada, and the world who know nothing about GMOs. Most are happy to find out, and people are listening. Businesses are listening. Numbers are growing. Mother's Market chain has embraced the cause. Other grocery stores are coming on board. Kean's Coffee is supportive. Sharky's Woodfired Grill chain has vowed to not use GMOs.
Support efforts to label GMOs
If you want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats or MSG, you simply read the label. But if you want to know if your food is genetically engineered (GE), you’re not going to find any information on the package.
Why? Because unlike most other developed countries—such as the 15 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and China—the U.S. has no laws requiring labeling of GE foods. Yet polls have repeatedly shown that the overwhelming majority of Americans—over 90% in most polls—believe GE foods should be labeled.
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