October 17th, 2013
When October rolls around, most people are expecting to hear about ghosts and jack 'o' lanterns, but we’ve been hearing a lot about Franken-foods, a.k.a. foods made from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Did you know October is Non-GMO Month?
What we believe. We strongly advocate transparency in labeling both with our own products and others’. We adhere to strict standards of sourcing through our Certified to the Source program that includes not using ingredients that have been genetically modified in any of our products. All of our suppliers are required to provide non-GMO statements so we can be confident in all of our products and ingredients.
Our Non-GMO Project History. Non-GMO has been a policy of ours for a long time, and all of our products, organic or not, are proudly GMO-free. The year before the Non-GMO Project launched its verification seal on approved products, we were lining up to get our first group of items reviewed.
We started with our Rice, Oat, Almond and Hemp Non-Dairy Beverages, and now we have 33 products verified through the Project. More of our soups and broths are patiently waiting in line for their Non-GMO verification or transition over to organic.
Organic, Natural and Non-GMO. All organic items are inherently non-GMO, but there are no current standards for natural products and GMOs. So, we’ve created our own here that take that a little further. Our Hemp Non-Dairy Beverages, for example, are not USDA certified organic, but they do meet the Non-GMO Project requirements. This is something we feel is only possible with a system like the one we use, requiring all of our suppliers to provide those non-GMO statements.
A little background. For those of you who aren’t so familiar, GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. GMOs are plants, seeds or animals whose genes are modified in a lab with DNA from other species (including pesticides, animals or other plants). These are things that would not happen in nature or through typical crossbreeding of plant species.
In the United States, foods that contain GMOs aren’t required to disclose that fact on their labels. But, we believe in truth in labeling and that it’s your right to know whether there are genetically modified ingredients in the foods you eat.
Why do you believe in labeling? Go spread the word!