What are GMOs?
GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
I am worried abut GMOs in food. What should I buy?
Look for the USDA certified organic label, because the organic standards do not allow GMOs in certified organic foods. You may also look for non-GMO claims that are independently verified, for example by the Non-GMO Project.
Can you tell me what non-organic products contain GMOs?
There is no regulated labeling protocol for products containing GMOs. Look for certified organic products, and products that make third-party verified ‘non-GMO’ claims. Fresh whole foods are less likely to contain GMOs than processed foods.
Are there specific products that might contain GMOs?
The first genetically modified crops were corn, soybeans, and cotton, which were engineered to control the growth of weeds and resist insects. Sugar beets are another crop which has recently been deregulated. Since these are common ingredients in processed food, GMOs are appearing in more and more products.
What is the Co-op doing about GMOs?
We are members of National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), which works with many organizations on behalf of all food co-ops to fight the deregulation of GMOs at the regulatory and legal level.
What can I do to fight GMOs?
Contact your legislators and add your voice to the campaign to prevent deregulation of GMOs and label GE foods. Visit the Center for Food Safety