October Is Non-GMO Month

Along with being National Co-op Month and Fair Trade Month, October hosts World Food Day and is designated Non-GMO Month.

As consumers, we have a right to know what’s in our food so we can make informed choices about what we buy, eat and feed our families.

Food co-ops have long supported consumers’ right to know about the food they eat. NCGA (National Cooperative Grocers Association) is partnering with Just Label It, a national coalition of more than 650 organizations dedicated to bringing about mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

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

What are GMOs?
A wide variety of genetically engineered (GE) foods, also known as genetically modified (GM) foods, have entered the U.S. food system. More than 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. Over 64 countries around the world, including all of the EU, Russia, Brazil, India (even China), already require labeling of genetically engineered foods.

GMOs are organisms that have been created through the application of transgenic, gene-splicing techniques that are part of biotechnology. In other words, genetically modified plants or animals have had their genetic makeup altered in a way that does not occur in nature.

How can consumers avoid GMOs?
By law, organic products must be created with non-GMO ingredients. Buying organic is a reliable way for consumers to avoid genetically engineered foods. Other third-party certifications, such as Non-GMO Project Verified, are reliable ways to avoid GE foods.

To learn more about individual states’ efforts to label GMOs, visit www.righttoknow-gmo.org/states.