Some products from retailers shown to the right will also bear the seal. Visit NonGMOProject.org for a complete list of products and retailers that endorse the Non-GMO Project's certification.
Why choose Non-GMO?
The FDA does not require labels on foods that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, claiming they are "substantially equivalent" to non-bioengineered foods. However, use of genetically engineered crops have profound environmental and human-health impacts, especially related to pesticide use. Also, although the FDA considers GE foods "no different" from their non-GE counterparts, there has not been adequate testing for their long-term health effects.
Chemicals used on GMO crops (genetically engineered to resist the chemicals, or to make their own pesticides) promote development of pests and other invasive insects and plants that are resistant to these chemicals, requiring their increased use.
These chemicals are a public health problem - on the farm, in the environment, on our plates:
"The human health impacts linked to pesticide exposure range from birth defects and childhood brain cancer in the very young, to Parkinson's’ Disease in the elderly. In between are a variety of other cancers, developmental and neurological disorders, reproductive and hormonal system disruptions, and more."It's encouraging to see US businesses jumping on the GMO-labeling wagon, a wagon most of the developed world has boarded (a wagon the US government has avoided):
- What's On My Food?
"In 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan and all of the nations in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs, due to environmental impact and concerns about GMO safety."
- Megan Thompson, executive director of the Non-GMO Project
Whole Foods Market® Partners with Non-GMO Project to Label Company’s Private Label Food Products Using New Third-Party Standard