Have you heard much of the buzz about GMO labeling or seen the non-GMO label on products at the grocery store? The “Non-GMO Project Verified” label is the fastest growing label in the natural products industry, representing $11 billion in annual sales and more than 27,000 verified products.
Consumer demand for accurate labeling has been one of the prime drivers in the rising outcry against genetically modified organisms in our food supply. We are always encouraged to see this kind of heightened engagement in how our food is produced and where it comes from. But we have also noticed an intriguing development:
while labels can clarify, they also have the potential to confuse.
So here’s a question for you…
Given the choice, would you purchase an organic product or a non-GMO product?
Whichever option you chose, we first honor you for making food choices with your and your family’s health in mind!
Now, let’s try to make sense of your choice and maybe clear up some potential confusion.
Here is the scoop:
All certified organic food is, by definition, non-GMO.
But not all non-GMO labeled food is organic.
Let’s dig into what that means…
The “organic” label is a federally regulated designation. According to the USDA, the federal department that regulates organic certification,
“The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients. To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, such as GMOs, from farm to table.”
But “non-GMO” is just the beginning of all that “organic” entails! Here is a handy chart that details the distinctions between these two increasingly familiar labels:
So what if you pick up a product at the store and don’t see the non-GMO label on it? Should you, for example, be concerned that your glass bottle of Traders Point Creamery yogurt or milk doesn’t carry the non-GMO seal? Well, if the product carries an organic label, you don’t need to worry – it’s non-GMO already by definition!
For our products, that means there are no GMO plants growing in our pastures. And as a 100% grassfed dairy farm, the question of GMO grain or feed becomes irrelevant because our cows eat only grass, all the time. No grain or corn, ever.
Being informed to make your own conscious choices about what you put in your body is one of the greatest ways to empower yourself in the increasingly complex world in which we live.
We strive as a company to equip you with information and tools that help you to do just that. And we hope that when you see Organic or Non-GMO Project Verified labels, you will know each time which product you want to take off the shelf and put in your mouth.