I came across a very interesting and useful website today and decided on it as the topic for today’s post. I have been reading up about GM(Genetically modified) crops for some time now and have been writing about it too. The thing that worried me the most was that in the US we did not have a choice as to at least know what kind of food we were consuming. GM or non-GM does not seem to matter as far the FDA is concerned.
The Non GMO Project is 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.
What does it provide?
It has a consumer section with an abundance of information about GMO products, a printable shopping guide with a list of brands which are non-GMO and tips as to what you need to look for etc…
The NonGMO Product website answers the question Are GMOs safe? as follows:
In 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe. In the U.S. on the other hand, the FDA approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale. Many health-conscious shoppers find the lack of rigorous, independent, scientific examination on the impact of consuming GM foods to be cause for concern.
The iPhone app for non-GMO shopping – There is an iphone app which verifies whether a product is non-GMO certified you can download it here
Check the website out and bookmark it (I already did). It has a lot of information and a lot of help if you care about what you eat. Being informed that is the least we should be expecting when making our choices. Looking forward to an informed and non-GM, Sustainable lifestyle! Live Green!
My favorite book to learn about the realities of Genetically Modified Crops
Genetic Roulette Digest