What are GMOs?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals.
These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide.
Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.
In the United States, our government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.
THE “NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED” SEAL
The retailers who started the Non-GMO Project were motivated by a simple idea: they believe that consumers in North America should have access to clearly-labeled non-GMO food and products, now and in the future.
That conviction continues to guide the Non-GMO Project, which is North America’s only independent source for verification of products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance.
From their website: “Non-GMO Project Verified is the fastest growing label in the natural products industry, representing $6 billion in annual sales and more than 16,000 verified products. With consumers today, the Non-GMO Project seal is the most trusted sign that a product comes from best practices for GMO avoidance.”