Join us as we celebrate “Non-GMO Month” this October!  Non-GMO Month is an awareness month sponsored and created by the Non GMO Project.

What are “GMOs” and what do they mean for the food that you are consuming?

Over the last couple of years, genetically modified foods (GMO) have been a topic of conversation across all news platforms. Many shoppers and consumers may not even realize that organic labeled products are made without the use of GMOS.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and discuss the “Non-GMO Project” and “Organic” label differences.

The “Non-GMO Project” label proves that a product does not contain a genetically modified ingredient. If a product or brand only claims the “GMO Free” label, that does not mean the product is clear from being produced with pesticides or antibiotics.

Confused? Don’t worry, a lot of us are!

Essentially, if a product has a “Certified Organic” label than it is GMO Free. This is strictly enforced by the USDA, which regulates that all “Organic” labeled ingredients, products and farms protect soil quality without the use of any type of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Animals must be raised without the consumption of antibiotics or growth hormones, which is why “grass-fed products” are trending!

Fun Fact: When a farmer decides to take the leap and become “Certified Organic”, they must complete a transition period. The land is allotted time that the USDA National Organic Program regulates before they can be Certified Organic. For land and agriculture, that means up to 3 years!

You have the right to know!

Okay, now we know the difference between the “Non-GMO Project” label and the “USDA Organic” label. Why is the Non-GMO Project important, then?

The U.S. does not have mandatory GMO labeling laws, meaning an alarming percentage of our conventional packaged foods contain genetically modified ingredients. The Non-GMO Project was founded to protect the consumers’ choice to know what our food is made with.

This organization has made a huge impact on creating a GMO free market by raising awareness. As more and more Americans become informed and educated about the environment and food process, they are shaping the demand and forcing companies to become Non-GMO verified.

One of the best ways I shop is to look for both the USDA Organic and Non-GMO Verified label; that butterfly is hard to miss!

Corporate Essentials supports manufacturers who have committed to the Non-GMO Project.

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About Tia Franzone

Tia graduated with BA in PR and Minor in Communication Studies from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. With a background in specialty foods account management, Tia has extensive knowledge in organic & natural lines for those who seek an alternative to what the mainstream marketplace has to offer. At Corporate Essentials, Tia does double-duty as a Customer Success Manager and Product Specialist. Tia believes in a healthy sustainable work environment with the right assortment of products based on customer demographics and lifestyle.