Celebrate Non-GMO Month!
This October is the 6th Annual Non-GMO Month!
Even though there’s still a very long way to go with handling genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), we’ve come quite a distance already. As a company, we were part of the vanguard that led to Vermont becoming the first state in the country to approve a GMO labeling law without the requirement that other states do so as well. (Hooray!) This law will require that all products which contain a GMO notify the consumer of the fact. At this point, the date for the new labeling law to go into effect is set for July 1, 2016.
However, it’s going to be a battle getting to July- in fact, it has been already- because the Grocery Manufacturers Association, along with the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers, has been fighting tooth and nail against the law, claiming it would cause too great a ‘harm to industry’ and that the cost of re-labeling would drive up the cost of goods. However, we know in the grocery industry, labels change all the time.
Another obstacle is the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, which would create a federal standard for the voluntary labeling of foods with GMO ingredients. The act would keep states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods that contain GMOs, and was passed by the House, but hasn’t yet reached the Senate.
We think it’s our right to know what we’re eating. We think it’s perfectly reasonable and important to ask the question: “What’s in our food?” It’s as simple as that. Besides, shouldn’t the food industries be supporting us rather than the other way around?
Thankfully, a lot of the brands we love feel the same way we do and have already started to voluntarily label their products as GMO-free when applicable. Many companies are going the extra mile of becoming verified GMO-free and they have a beautiful little logo from the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply. Companies which sport this logo have proven to the Non-GMO Project that their ingredients are free from GMOs so we, and you, can make more informed decisions as we purchase our food.
For more information on GMOs, check out this blog we posted a few years ago: it has tons of good info and a great list of resources for you to dig into if you’re interested in finding out more about this crucial topic.
Happy Non-GMO Month!