The Nature’s Path commitment to organic simultaneously ensures that our products are non-GMO. We believe it’s important to know what you’re eating, and that’s why we voluntarily have our products third-party certified organic and Non-GMO Project verified and display those verification labels clearly on our packaging. No surprises, just great taste and peace of mind.
The Nature’s Path family believes that Certified Organic is the gold standard when shopping for food for your family. Certified Organic products ensure that not only have genetically engineered ingredients not been used, but also that the product has been grown without toxic synthetic chemicals and does not contain artificial colors or flavors. But having a better understanding of GMOs will help you appreciate the importance of keeping them out of farms and our food.
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What are GMOs?
GMOs or “genetically modified organisms,” are experimental plants or animals that have had their DNA altered in a laboratory to express traits such as herbicide resistance.
- Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide.
- Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
What is the Non-GMO Project?
The non-GMO project is “a mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to building and protecting a non-GMO food supply”.
Non-GMO Project Verified is a third party verification and standard for non-GMO foods and products. As an increasing number of consumer become educated about GMOs and the prevalence of GMOs in ingredients and food, they are watching for the trusted verification seal.
Are GMOs safe?
GMOs have not yet been properly tested for human safety. In nearly 50 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 and sale of GMOs.
In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.
- By not conducting government-regulated controlled studies on large populations, the long-term effects GMOs may have on public health remain unclear.
- Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment by choosing non-GMO foods.
How can I avoid GMOs?
- Eat organic foods. Organic regulations prohibit the use of genetic modification, so this is the best way to avoid foods that may have been genetically altered.
- Identify non-GMO foods by looking for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. This initiative, started by the Non-GMO Project, is North America’s only independent verification process for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance.
- Avoid products potentially produced with GMOs. See this complete list of over 6,000 products that are Non-GMO Project Verified or download this iPhone app to make shopping easier for you.
How common are GMOs?
In the US and Canada, GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food.
- The annual June Agricultural Survey compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service showed that between 2000 and 2011, 81–86% of all corn and 87–90% of all soybeans planted in the US were genetically modified crops.
It can be difficult to stay up-to-date on food ingredients that are at-risk of being genetically modified, as the list of at-risk agricultural ingredients is frequently changing. As part of the Non-GMO Project’s commitment to informed consumer choice, they work diligently to maintain an accurate list of risk ingredients.
What are the impacts of GMOs on the environment?
Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance.
- The use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced.
- The emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs:’ which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange).
GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.
How do GMOs affect farmers?
Because GMOs are novel life forms, biotechnology companies have been able to obtain patents with which to restrict their use. As a result, the companies that make GMOs now have the power to sue farmers whose fields are contaminated with GMOs, even when it is the result of inevitable drift from neighboring fields.
GMOs pose a serious threat to farmer sovereignty and to the national food security of any country where they are grown, including the United States.
How can I be an agent of change against GMOs?
- Get informed and help others do the same.
- Support non-GMO agriculture – buy certified organic and Non-GMO Project verified products.
- Grow your own food organically.
- Support local, state-wide and federal GMO labeling initiatives.