October is Non-GMO Month
Here are some tips for seeking out Non-GMO products at Valley Natural Foods.
What are GMOs?
According to the Non-GMO Project, “GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” 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.”
Easy ways to avoid GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)
Look for the USDA certified organic label, because the organic standards do not allow GMOs in certified organic foods. Look for products labeled “100% organic,” “organic” or “made with organic ingredients.” You may also look for Non-GMO claims that are independently verified, for example by the Non-GMO Project.
Learn which products contain GMOs
According to the Non-GMO Project, the following are considered to be “high risk” crops:
•Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash
What is Valley Natural Foods doing about GMOs?
Valley Natural Foods continues to stay abreast of USDA and Non-GMO Project information to help us provide the healthiest choices in the store. Our buyers do research to find products that do not contain GMOs. We label all of the products that are Non-GMO Project verified. We encourage customers to make their own purchase decisions and support their right to accurate information to make those decisions.
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