We are proud to be a supporting retailer of the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit initiative of the North American organic and natural product industry created to form a standardized definition of non-GMO and a 3rd party verification program to assess product compliance with this standard. They began enrolling products in the fall of 2008 working at every level of the supply chain, all the way back to the seeds. This year they named October “Non-GMO Month” to help bring awareness to this important standard for the food industry.
At Native Sun, Owner Aaron Gottlieb began requiring written verification from manufacturers confirming their use of Non-GMO sources back in 2001. “We have always done our own research in-store to verify products meet ALL of the Native Sun Standards including Non-GMO sourcing and we welcome the Non-GMO Project as a new 3rd party verifier for this standard,” said Gottlieb.
As we celebrate “Non-GMO Month” this October, look for signage in-store highlighting all of the Non-GMO products we carry year round!
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.
Are GMOs safe?
In 30 other 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 of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe. In the U.S. on the other hand, the FDA approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale. Many health-conscious shoppers find the lack of rigorous, independent, scientific examination on the impact of consuming GM foods to be cause for concern.