The Co-op supports consumer education and awareness regarding GMOs in food. We do our best to provide as much information to our members and customers so you can make informed decisions about the food you eat. You have a right to know if the food you are eating contains GMOs, and what are the potential health risks of consuming them.
What are GMOs?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Are GMOs safe?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. 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 US, the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.
Are GMOs labeled?
Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve.
What foods have GMOs?
In the US, GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. The eight GM food crops are corn, soybeans, canola, cottonseed, sugar beets, papaya from China or Hawaii, and a small amount of zucchini and yellow squash. GM alfalfa is also fed to livestock.
How can I avoid GMOs?
Choose food and products that are Non-GMO Project Verified! For a complete list visit www.non-gmo.org.
The best way to avoid GMOs is to make your own food. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store—produce, meat, dairy, and bulk—then make your food from scratch.
Buying Certified Organic products also means you avoid GMOs—these products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients.
The Co-op offers tons of great recipes on our website, at the register, and in our newsletter to help you plan meals and snacks you can make yourself.
Remember, you are what you eat!
Learn more about GMO foods and related issues at these sites:
Or, talk to the knowledgeable staff at the Co-op location near you.