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Genetically Modified Organisms

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We're putting our money where our mouth is. On Sunday, October 27, New Leaf Market Co-op will donate five percent of sales to the Non-GMO Project. Join us in our stand to demand for GMO labeling and third-party verification of non-GMO products.

October is Non-GMO Month

We have the right to know what's in our food.

We believe people have a right to know what’s in the food they’re eating and feeding their families. That’s why New Leaf Market Co-op has joined other food co-ops across the country in support of the Just Label It (JLI) campaign, a national coalition of more than 650 organizations dedicated to bringing about mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods in the U.S.

To learn more and take action, visit www.justlabelit.org.

What Is A GMO?

A GMO is a plant or animal that has been genetically altered by scientists to improve its ability to grow in non-native environments, resist pests, tolerate extreme weather conditions, produce more food (like milk in cows), or show other desired traits. In other words, a GMO is a new version of a food plant or animal created by scientists through genetic engineering (GE) techniques. - See more here at StrongerTogether.Coop.
 

How Do I Avoid GMOs?

Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance. The Non-GMO Project Verified seal indicates that the product bearing the seal has gone through Non-GMO Project's verification process. Their verification is an assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance:

  • We require ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product.
  • We use an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This is in alignment with laws in the European Union, where any product containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled. Absence of all GMOs is the target for all Non-GMO Project Standard compliant products. Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the Participant’s quality management systems.
  • After the test, we require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
  • For low-risk ingredients, we conduct a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to determine absence of GMO risk.
  • Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products.

Find Non-GMO Choices

Search verified products here or download 2013 Non-GMO Shopping Guide.

 

 

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