My husband has been doing our grocery shopping as of late and I usually send him with a list of what I’m looking for. Yesterday I went with him and I saw for the first time a very interesting label while I was picking out granola: “Non GMO Project Verified“
A brief summary for what Non GMO Project Verified means: “The retailers who started the Non-GMO Project were motivated by a simple idea. They believed that consumers in North America should have access to clearly-labeled non-GMO food and products, now and in the future. That conviction continues to guide the Non-GMO Project, as North America’s only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance.
What is a GMO? GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. The United States currently DOES NOT require labeling of foods that have GMOs in them.”
How have I not heard of such label before? If President Obama and our Congress will NOT require the labeling of our GMO foods, why not have a label for everything else does NOT use GMOs? Could they ever stop this type of labeling? If every person only purchase foods with this label, could we put Monsanto out of business? Isn’t amazing how one tiny label on food can be such an empowering tool for Americans?
What a brilliant idea.