October is Non-GMO month, and the Non-GMO Project asks that you help spread the word and stand up for the right to know what ingredients are in our food.
Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, exist in one form or another in 80% of conventional American packaged foods, and can be found primarily in foods that contain corn, soy, canola and sugar beets. These ingredients are artificially manipulated to combine genes from other sources, through processes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding.
Though GMOs are used with specific goals in mind such as resistance to pests or increased yields, the long-term effects of GMOs on our health and our environment are not yet fully known or understood. In fact, 60 countries around the world, including all members of the European Union, have banned or restricted the sale of food with GMO ingredients.
The Non-GMO project wants everyone to know what’s in their food, so you can make the right choice for you and your family, as well as protect a non-GMO food supply so that customers always have a natural option available to them. The non-profit organization is North America’s only third-party verification for Non-GMO products, and any product that bears their orange butterfly logo has been tested and verified to be free of genetically modified ingredients. Currently, over 36,000 products meet this standard.
If you wish to help the Non-GMO project spread awareness of their cause to inform the consumer about the ingredients in their food, visit livingnongmo.com, and look for the butterfly!