Non-GMO Project Verification

All of our sauces are Non-GMO Project Verified because we believe that food should be pure and simple and because we believe you have the right to know what is in the food you choose to nourish yourself and your family.

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Want to learn more about GMOs? Keep reading to learn more about GMOs and the difference between Non-GMO verification and Organic Certification. 

 

What is a GMO?

A GMO is a genetically modified organism.

What does that mean?

A GMO has genes that have been modified by scientific technology. The modifications are typically meant to make the organisms (typically plants) more resistant to pests and capable of producing more abundantly.

Are GMOs dangerous?

Most health and food organizations have now concluded that GMOs are safe for animals and people. Nonetheless, many are concerned about the eventual side effects of producing and consuming GMOs. One concern is the possibility of environmental damage. Modified genes have the potential to flow from crops to other plants—such as weeds—and therefore transfer traits meant to aid the crops in resiliency. This could result in “superweeds” – weeds more resilient to common herbicides. In turn, farmers would have to alter their current, environmentally-safe options in order to get rid of the weeds.

What is Non-GMO Project Verification?

Non-GMO Project Verification follows a specific standard developed by dozens of experienced individuals with insight into the food industry and the science of genetic modification to determine whether a product can be labeled non-GMO. According to its website, “The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. We believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.” The Non-GMO Project is the only standard of non-GMO verification that follows a set of tested rules for determining GMO content.

Why do people care?

There is a sense of comfort in non-GMO products because they are grown using more traditional farming methods. There is also concern that people are not being given the facts about what is in their food. Regardless of the benefits or dangers of genetic modification, people feel the need to know what is in the food they consume. At Organico Bello®, we believe that food should be simple and true, and that you have the right to know what is in your food. This is why we have put the Non-GMO Project Verification label on our products.

What’s the difference between Non-GMO verification and Organic Certification?  

According to the Organic Trade Association, genetically modified organisms cannot be used in the production of organic foods. This means that Certified Organic products are technically non-GMO. So why did we choose to go through the process of verification through the Non-GMO Project? For one, we want to include the label to offer our consumers that added assurance that what they are feeding their families is free of genetically modified organisms. In addition, we believe in building a better food supply in general, so we decided to join the Non-GMO Project in their effort to preserve and build the non-GMO food supply.

 

If you want to learn more about GMOs, Organic Certification, and the arguments for and against the use of genetic modifications, here are some helpful resources:

THe Non-GMO Project

The Non-GMO Project Standards

USDA on Organic Agriculture

The Wall Street Journal on Required GMO Labeling

National Geographic on GMOs

The Washington Post on People's Concern