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Non-GMO Project Information



Information on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and the Non-GMO Project.


What is GMO?

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) began to show up in the food supply a few decades ago as major manufacturers and chemical companies modified seeds in order to change their attributes. This included increasing pest resistance or making a crop more drought resistant.

On the surface, this may sound like a good thing, but playing with Mother Nature is a two-edged sword. We have seen over the years how making changes to our environment brings unintended consequences, many of which we don't fully see or appreciate for generations.

At shopOrganic.com, we support and offer certified organic products that are, by definition, free of GMOs. We also support non-certified organic products that obtain the Non-GMO Project Verification. We believe reducing the threat of GMO contamination is a good thing and we're proud to support this initiative.

What is the Non-GMO Project?

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization, created by leaders representing all sectors of the organic and natural products industry in the U.S. and Canada, to offer consumers a consistent non-GMO choice for organic and natural products that are produced without genetic engineering or recombinant DNA technologies.

The Project began as an initiative of independent natural foods retailers who were interested in providing their customers with more information regarding the GMO risk of their products. As the Project evolved, it became clear that in order for the initial vision of standardized labeling to be possible, a 3rd party verification program was needed that would identify products compliant with a uniform, consensus-based definition of non-GMO. With the help of technical consultants FoodChain Global Advisors, and fueled by the passion of a dynamic array of industry leaders, the Non-GMO Project has successfully created a collaborative non-GMO verification program that began enrolling products in the fall of 2008. Working at every level of the supply chain, all the way back to the seeds, the Project’s role is to inspire and ensure viable non-GMO alternatives long into the future.

What's the difference between organic and non-GMO?

The National Organic Program (USDA NOP) specifies that organic products cannot contain genetically modified organisms, so products that are certified organic do not contain GMOs. However, many manufacturers, organic and natural, are choosing to take this additional step to verify their source ingredients for crops that are at risk of GMO cross-contamination.

Keep in mind that there is no national standard or certification for products labeled "all natural", so the Non-GMO Project VERIFIED seal on natural products is worth looking for. Natural products carrying this seal have gone through a testing and verification process to ensure these products are GMO-free.

How can I find Non-GMO Project Verified products on shopOrganic.com?



shopOrganic is a proud participant in the Non-GMO Project and you'll see the NGMO Verified seal on products we carry that are verified. Support small and large companies in this quest for keeping the food supply clean, pure and organic. We do!

How can I get more information on the Non-GMO Project?

For more information about this project, visit Non-GMO Project. Of course, you can contact us anytime, too. We're here to help.


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