There’s a lot of confusion about GMOs (also known as GM or GE foods), and we want to set the record straight.
GMOs are “genetically modified organisms”—living things whose DNA includes additional genetic material from other, unrelated organisms. Farming with GMOs promotes an increase in the use of toxic pesticides, which studies have shown to have harmful effects on both your family’s health and the environment.
Worse, the rise of GMOs has created pesticide-resistant “super weeds” on more than half of American farms. Those “super weeds” require ever-more-toxic pesticides to kill, and even then, some “super weeds” survive the new pesticides and pass on their resistance to the next generation. It’s a vicious cycle.
Dozens of countries around the world—including most of the European Union—ban GMOs in part for this reason. But in the United States, you’ll find GMOs throughout our food supply.
Right now, federal law does not require labels that tell consumers when their food contains GMOs.
We think that’s a bad idea.
At Organic Valley, we’re working to change the way GMOs are labeled. Beyond pleading our case in Washington, we’re spreading the word about what GMOs are and how engineered food has taken over our kitchens.
For now, however, the only way to know for sure that you’re not eating GMOs is to look for the certified organic label—because while not all non-GMO foods are organic, all organic foods are non-GMO. Organic Valley’s products are non-GMO, and they always will be.
The USDA Organic seal (left) tells you a product meets strict organic standards and has been certified by an independent, accredited 3rd party. Our Non-GMO barn (right) is a reminder that all certified organic products are non-GMO.