October Is Non-GMO Month – You Have the Right To Know!

You have the right to know what’s in the food you eat and feed your family. Most governments agree — nearly 50 countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, Russia, China and all of the EU member states, have either banned genetically modified organisms (GMOs) completely, or require that food containing them be clearly labeled. The experimental technology of genetic engineering forces DNA from one species into a different species. The resulting GMOs are unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional breeding. GMOs have not been adequately tested, and have not been proven safe for human consumption.
 
The U.S. does not have mandatory GMO labeling, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require safety assessments of GMO foods or even review all of the GMO products hitting the market. Meanwhile, close to 75% of our conventional packaged foods now contain GMOs. In response to this dire situation the Non-GMO Project was founded, with a mission of protecting consumer choice and preserving and rebuilding our non-GMO food supply. By offering North America’s only third party standard and labeling for non-GMO products, the Project helps fill the information gap for the increasing number of Americans who are concerned about the health risks and environmental pollution associated with GMOs. This October is the third annual Non-GMO Month, an event created to help raise awareness about the GMO issue and celebrate Non-GMO Project Verified choices.
As part of Winter Ridge’s participation in Non-GMO Month, we are sharing this article to help you understand what Non-GMO Project Verification is all about.
 
Since late 2009, the Project has verified over 5,000 products to its rigorous standards for GMO avoidance, and this number increases daily. Companies enroll in the Non-GMO Project for many reasons. For some, it is part of their company’s mission. For other companies, verification is driven by the demands of retailers and consumers. Doug Foreman, the founder and chairman of Beanitos says, “We were totally unaware of what GMOs were until a health food store questioned us on whether we were verified Non-GMO. This was an eye-opening moment for us. We found an abundance of evidence revealing possible problems with genetic modification in our food supply and immediately began the process of verification.”
 
More and more people are looking for the Non-GMO Project Verified label, and asking their favorite brands to participate, but what does that really mean? The butterfly on the “Verified” seal is a real eye-catcher, but many people are still curious about what it takes for a food producer to earn that lovely lepidopteran. When you see the Non-GMO Project Verified seal on a product it indicates that the product is compliant with the Non-GMO Project’s Standard – a transparent document requiring producers to meet strict requirements for GMO testing, segregation, and traceability. The butterfly’s cute, but it represents a tremendous level of commitment on the part of the brands that have earned it.
 
Non-GMO Verified SealAs you walk through Winter Ridge this month keep an eye out for the many Verified products we sell. In honor of Non-GMO Month, we’ve taken the time to hang special tags so they’re easier to find, and the sale items on our specials flyers and promotional displays are verified too.
 
Supporting manufacturers who have committed to Non-GMO Project Verification sends a powerful message about what you want on your family’s table, and helps support some of this country’s best farmers.
In this day and age, it can take a lot of extra energy to provide reliable Non-GMO products, but consumers want to eat food that is safe, and being Verified is a big part of making sure that happens.”

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