Your salve making oils (coconut, sesame, wheatgerm oil, aloe vera gel, cocos butter, and so forth)… or, the Castile Soap you’re using, or even the seeds you’re using for sprouting (broccoli and wheatgrass, or your Barley Grass or Beet Root powders) are all candidates for being GMO contaminated.
The retailers who started the Non-GMO Project were motivated by a simple idea. They believed that consumers in North America should have access to clearly-labeled non-GMO food and products, now and in the future. That conviction continues to guide the Non-GMO Project, as North America’s only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance.
The Non-GMO Project was created for consumers. The Non-GMO Project believes that everyone has the right to an informed choice about what they eat.
In celebration of Non-GMO Month, we want to spread the word about safe, sustainable agriculture!
What does the “Non-GMO Project Verified seal” mean?
The verification seal indicates that the product bearing the seal has gone through the Non-GMO Project’s verification process. Their verification is an assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance:
- Non-GMO Project requires ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product.
- The Non-GMO Project uses an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This is in alignment with laws in the European Union (where any product containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled).
- Absence of all GMOs is the target for all Non-GMO Project Standard compliant products.
- Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the Participant’s quality management systems.
- After the test, the Non-GMO Project requires rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
- For low-risk ingredients, they conduct a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to determine absence of GMO risk.
- Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are products bearing the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal GMO free?
A: Unfortunately, “GMO free” and similar claims are not legally or scientifically defensible due to limitations of testing methodology. In addition, the risk of contamination to seeds, crops, ingredients and products is too high to reliably claim that a product is “GMO free.” The Project’s claim offers a true statement acknowledging the reality of contamination risk, but assuring the shopper that the product in question is in compliance with the Project’s rigorous standard. While the Non-GMO Project’s verification seal is not a “GMO free” claim, it is trustworthy, defensible, transparent, and North America’s only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance.
Q: What about the other products that I see on the store shelf that claim they are “GMO free?”
A: While you may see other claims regarding GMO status (e.g. “GMO free”), these are really not legally or scientifically defensible, and they are not verified by a third party. The Non-GMO Project is the only organization offering independent verification of testing and GMO controls for products in the U.S. and Canada. Buying products that are verified by our program is the best way to support the sustained availability of non-GMO choices in North America.
Q: Does purchasing “Non-GMO Project Verified” products help make a difference?
A: Yes! As a non-profit organization, the Non-GMO Project commitment not only to verifying and label products, but also supports and coordinates efforts between seed breeders, farmers, processors and manufacturers. These efforts are allowing the Non-GMO Project to protect and even expand the availability of non-GMO seeds, ingredients and products.
Where to Buy Non-GMO Products & Herbs
My favorite herb company, Mountain Rose Herbs, has been working with the Non-GMO Project to verify a selection of their products as GMO-free. These ingredients have been chosen specifically because they’re produced from plant crops that are known to be at risk of GMO contamination.
Thankfully, most of the herbs and spices that we use for food and medicine are not in danger of industrial genetic modification at this time, so organic certification is our go-to for ensuring that our herbal products are grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, GMO seed stock, or irradiation.
Taking this commitment one step further, they listened to the herbal community’s concerns and verified the products below through the Non-GMO Project and we’ll be working toward adding more products to this list in the future!
A List of Mountain Rose Herbs Non-GMO Project Verified Products
These items, from Mountain Rose Herbs, have been verified with the Non-GMO Project as being GMO-free:
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Organic Barley Grass Powder
- Organic Beet Root Powder
- Organic Broccoli Sprouting Seed
- Organic Cocoa Butter
- Organic Cocoa Butter Wafers
- Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
- Organic Refined Coconut Oil
- Organic Flax Seeds
- Organic Papaya Leaf
- Organic Sesame Oil
- Organic Sunflower Oil
- Organic Wheatgrass Powder
- Organic Wheatgrass Sprouting Seed
- Wheat Germ Oil
- Castille Soap
You may be surprised, like I was, to learn that the items on this list can oftentimes be GMO contaminated… be sure to read your labels when buying any pre-made product or food if you are a person who wants to be proactive against GMO consumption… look for the Non-GMO Project Verified label when making your choices!
I sure am happy that my favorite herb company has stepped up to the plate and had their products tested and verified, thank you Mountain Rose Herbs – you continue to be the best!
Be the Change You Wish To See…
See the list of other products that have been verified as non-GMO.
Encourage Brands you use to also Participate in the Non-GMO Project.
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When you do make a purchase you are showing me that you support my efforts, time and expenses… I am very grateful to those who have both chosen to come by to read what I have written, and at times utilize my referral of a service or product that I completely believe in.
Thank you very much!
This site does not provide medical advice. My purpose is to share experiences and information as I seek to improve the health of my family through a real food and natural lifestyle. Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any foods or supplements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.