Non-GMO Month – What Does This Mean for You as a Consumer?
By Nikki McCord and Shoshana Romer
So Many Terms, But What do They Mean?
GMOs, non-GMOs, Organic, Fair Trade, Free Range. There are a lot of buzz words thrown about in the food vocabulary and it’s hard to distinguish what all these terms mean. During non-GMO month, organizations likeJust Label It and the Non-GMO Projecteducate consumers about the facts surrounding GMOs. Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, are organisms whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Foods like corn, sugar beets, and soybeans that are genetically modified are currently available to purchase in the United States market. Although there is no research that has been conducted on humans, lab rats have been shown to have reproductive issues and develop allergies to non-GMO foods after they have been injected with the gene Bt-toxin.
Non-GMO and Organic – One and the Same
Because there are no laws that require companies to label their products if they contain GMOs, it can be difficult for consumers to understand what’s really in their food. A good way to make sure you’re not consuming GMOs is to choose organic. In order for a product to be labeled organic, the product must not contain GMOs, must be produced per the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, and must follow all USDA organic regulations.
You’re Safe with America’s Best Organics
You don’t have to worry about GMOs when you buy from America’s Best Organics because all of the brands we offer contain 70% or more certified organic ingredients! We only partner with companies that are committed to using USDA certified organic and non-GMO ingredients. Whether you purchase a gift basket with Sum-Bo-Shine for a dad with a new baby, some Hail Merry Macaroons for your sweetie orNumi Organic Tea for yourself so you can relax after a long day, you can rest assured that all products in baskets from America’s Best Organics are certified organic and therefore free of GMOs.