There’s a lot of talk on social media about GMO’s – are they safe? Unsafe? Normal? If anything, they are in almost everything you eat.
There is just as much buzz about GMO labeling – consumer demand for labeling has been one of the drivers against GMO’s in our food supply. It’s great to see people so engaged, and interested in knowing where their food is produced.
But…. while labels can be great, they can also confuse, too.
80% of processed food at the supermarket is genetically modified – and that is some scary stuff.
Which is Better? Organic or Non-GMO?
Certified Organic Foods prohibit any genetically modified food ingredients in organic foods.
Not only that, organic crops are pesticide free, while non-GMO products can still be heavily sprayed with pesticides. Grape Nuts is a great example of a Non-GMO product, yet it’s far from being organic.
Non-GMO labels are also not regulated – there is no set standard from the FDA to regulate the Non-GMO claim – misleading yes, but it’s the truth.
All certified organic food is (by definition) – Non-GMO. But.. not all non-GMO labeled food is organic
The Organic label is a federally regulated designation. To meet that regulation, farmers and processors must ensure they aren’t using GMO’s AND that they are protecting their products from prohibited substances – ie. from farm, to table essentially.
One of the best ways you can empower yourself is to be informed enough to make your own conscious choices about what you put in your body, and where your money goes – the people it supports.
Every time you see that Organic or, Non-GMO Project label, we can only hope you know which product you will want to put in your mouth.