100% Organic or GMO Free?

We all know it’s up to consumers like us to make the necessary changes in our own life in order to put a mark on how America handles the GMO and genetically engineered foods policy. Unfortunately, the majority of us do not know what foods are genetically modified when we go grocery shopping. In most cases there are no labels to know what contains GMOs and what does not.
It’s been thought that the PLU code of 8 was a way to identify GMOs. This has been believed for sometime and is in fact misleading many shoppers. One thing is for sure and that is that nearly all processed foods in America’s grocery stores contain GMOs. Anything containing corn or soybeans you can bet is not 100% organic.
Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods in the US has been proposed, but not enacted, at the national, state, or local levels. Most believe that the labeling of GMOs would be a great start in having a say on the foods we purchase and consume.
If this means a label saying “USDA Organic” we may be in trouble. Not too long back the USDA updated their definition of what is organic. Not all organic food is created equal in their eyes and you should keep that in mind with picking up those veggies.
In fact, there is most likely GMOs in organic foods, just not the concentration of non-gmo or “conventional” food. Much of the reason is simply that more and more organic crops are being contaminated by nearby GM crop fields. Also, the standards of being organic seems to lesson with each passing day.
A 100% organic certification does not imply it is GMO free. Rather it states it was produced without GMOs. There is no guarantee that the end organic product is 100% free. It seems that when we buy “organic,” we are buying products that are guaranteed to be produced without GMOs, but not guaranteed to be 100% GMO-free!
Some feel that a better fit for a label on organics or foods that contain GMOs would be from 3rd party organizations such as the Non-GMO Project. They have ushered in a program that sets a threshold for GM contamination at .9%, the same as the European Union. Although this still would not be 100% organic it’s much better that a policy that has no set threshold on the end product. A good rule of thumb is to read those labeling carefully. At this time buying food at you local grocer with the label 100% organic is your best choice.
Another route to go is to get to know your local farmers or participate in your area’s CSAs and farmers markets. If you’ve got the space, and you’re serious about being GMO free, maybe it’s time to start your own organic garden. Even if you have limited space you can grow on your apartments patio or back porch. Here’s some great books on organic gardening to get you started on a true organic lifestyle.
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