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October, Non-GMO Month
October 1, 2018
October is the Month we all celebrate Non-GMO.
What Are GMOs?
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. To give you an idea of just how weird this can get, in 1991 a variety of tomato was engineered with genes from arctic flounder to make it frost-tolerant. Fortunately that product was never brought to market, but it is a good illustration of how unnatural GMOs are.
Almost 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.
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. We believe that everyone has a right to know what’s in the food they’re eating and feeding their loved ones.
Our mission is to preserve and build sources of non-GMO products, educate consumers, and provide verified non-GMO choices.
What The Non-GMO Project Do
The Non-GMO Project works in several different capacities to ensure the availability of non-GMO products and to help support informed choice. We offer North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products. We also educate consumers and the food industry to help build awareness about GMOs and their impact on our health and food systems.
The Project Impact
The Non-GMO Project began verifying products in 2010. Since that time, we have worked with thousands of brands and manufacturers to avoid the use of GMOs in their products. We also have collaborated with more than 14,000 retailers to help them deepen and share their non-GMO commitment.
For more information about Non-GMO go to: https://livingnongmo.org/learn/gmo-faq/