October is National Non-GMO Month.
Did you know:
- In the US, foods with genetically modified (GM) ingredients do not have to be labeled as containing GM ingredients
- More than 80% of the packaged and processed foods in the US contain GM ingredients
- 90% of the corn, canola & cotton in the US is GM
Think this doesn’t affect you? Think again…because it does!
GM corn becomes GM animal feed, high fructose corn syrup and corn oil. GM canola and cotton turn up in your foods as canola oil and cottonseed oil.
So unless you are eating 100% organic – it’s pretty safe to assume you are eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Genetic modification is the use of the experimental technology called gene splicing to add DNA from one organism into another, creating a potentially unstable end product.
Because these products have only been in our food supply for a few decades, the jury is still out on whether or not GM foods are safe; however, many health advocates maintain that as a consumer, you should have a right to know what is in your food.
Enter the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project is the only independent 3rd party verifier of GM-free foods in the US. Their mission is to:
- Preserve and build sources of non-GMO products
- Educate consumers about GM ingredients
- Provide verified non-GMO choices
You can find a list of GM-free products, restaurants and retailers on their website here.