You’ve most likely heard the term GMO and Non-GMO, but do you know what they mean and why it’s important to learn more? As a proud company with Non-GMO Certified products, we’ve put together a list of some frequently asked questions about GMOs so you can better understand what they are and why our Non-GMO certification is so important.
What does GMO/ GMO Food mean?
GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are living organisms that have been manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering technique. GMO food refers to foods that are produced using GMO technology and possibly poses greater risk to human health than conventional food.
Why should I be concerned with GMO Foods?
There has been speculation that the introduction of GMOs in our diets has caused increased food allergies, reproductive disorders, digestive problems and an increase in other chronic illnesses. Genetically modified crops are also bad for the environment. They can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable. They increase herbicide use because of their tolerance and they contaminate the gene pool forever, continuing to put future generations at risk.
What is the Non-GMO Project?
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. They strongly believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms. Look for their butterfly seal of approval on our packaging!
How do I find Non-GMO verified products?
For consumers such as yourself, it can be difficult to understand what does and does not include GMOs since the list of at-risk ingredients is always changing. The Non-GMO Project is a great resource that can help you find products that are Non-GMO certified. From processed foods to raw fresh vegetables, you’ll find a full directory at your fingertips right here. Since September 2013, Mucci Farms has been certified by the Non-GMO Project and continues to add new produce offerings to their ever-growing list. We’ve been advocates of a healthy lifestyle since the beginning, so being able to promise our customers that our produce is Non-GMO certified is very important to us!
What does “Non-GMO Project Verified seal” mean?
You may have seen this seal on our packaging and wondered what it meant or why it was important. The verification seal shows that the product bearing the seal has gone through the Non-GMO Project’s verification process. The verification logo indicates that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for avoiding GMOs:
– They require ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product.
– They use an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This is in alignment with laws in the European Union (where any product containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled). Absence of all GMOs is the target for all Non-GMO Project Standard compliant products. Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the Participant’s quality management systems.
– After the test, they require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
– For low-risk ingredients, they conduct a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to determine absence of GMO risk.
– Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products.
What should I do now?
We’re glad you took the time to read this blog post! What you see here is just the basics pertaining to GMOs and Non-GMO. If you’re concerned or just curious about learning more, visit the Non-GMO Project online to get educated and get involved.
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