The Non-GMO Project

As we know, to create a genetically modified organism, the DNA from one species is literally injected into the DNA of another.  Examples of crops that have been genetically modified include: alfalfa, canola seed, corn, and soy.  Although I’ve blogged about genetically  modified organisms in the past and their hazards to our health, this week I wanted to report some great news regarding the labeling of products that contain them.

Have you heard about the Non-GMO Project?  This Project consists of an alliance among consumers, seed breeders, farmers, distributors, processors, retailers, and manufacturers who have come together to form North America’s first independent third-party Non-GMO Product Verification Program.  Their program uses a multi-level process in order to verify compliance with the non-GMO standard at every level of the supply chain.  This insures that producers follow exacting best practices for GMO prevention.

In addition, the Project’s seal helps consumers make more informed choices at the supermarket.  So the next time you’re at the grocery store, make sure to scout out the non-gmo seal (it has a small orange butterfly in the top left-hand corner of the label!)  Let me know how many you find in your favorite grocery store!

Until Next Week…Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

PS – If you’d like more information about the non-gmo project, check out their website at: http://www.nongmoproject.org

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3 thoughts on “The Non-GMO Project

  1. Sam L.

    Hmm… So I did some googling (to get over my stubbornness about GMOs once and for all) and I have to say, science is sort of split 50/50 over them. Although each and every gene in a GMO has been taken from another organism (ranging from fish to bacteria) , they can still have unintended consequences. Some theorize that they have contributed to food allergies, others are simply afraid of creating “super-plants” that have previously unheard-of properties. Still, the science against GMOs is just as sketchy as the science FOR them. The largest issue, though, is gene patenting, and the fact that the crops are cross-pollinated very often. This give farmers little to no choice in whether or not they will use GMOs, and that, quite frankly, seems to be a crime in and of itself.

    I personally am in awe of biotechnology, in the same way that many were amazed by airplanes at the turn of the 20th century. It seems that many claims against genetic modification are unfounded alarmist statements, just as they were when human flight was declared “unnatural.” Still, I have to agree with the fact that the side effects are unknown. Scientists and engineers are famous for making grave miscalculations when something new comes up (just look at how long it took us to learn about pollution from the internal combustion engine or ozone layer damage from aerosols). Quite simply, scientists and engineers are lazy, sometimes stupid humans like the rest of us. It does stand to reason that better testing and risk assessment needs to be done, still, genetic modification could still stand to change the human race (and Earth) for the better. Banning the ability to change organisms in a world that we are already causing drastic changes to could turn out to be a detriment to the whole planet (other GMOs are used to clean up toxic chemical spills,or manufacture ethanol from waste products, for example).

    Sorry for the really long rant, but I just want to show that there are two sides to every story, especially the GMO one.

    1. Thanks for your comment Sammy. You are absolutely right, there are always two sides to every story. However, in this case, I choose to advocate for non-gmo foods for many reasons, with probably the most important one being that GMOs don’t exist in nature. This is followed closely by the overall health of the GMO, which is less than what’s found naturally. Finally, you are what you eat. In this case, I’d rather eat what I absolutely know, rather than the DNA of something I don’t know and which could lead to disaster in later years.

  2. El

    I can’t wait to look for the butterfly, I knew nothing about this. Some days I think I’m on another planet. I can always count on you to educate me, thank heaven.

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