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March 16, 2016

Non-GMO Verified Project

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We recently interviewed Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project. She explains what it takes to be Non-GMO Project Verified—as Garden of Life is—and why it’s so important.

What does Non-GMO verification mean for consumers, companies and all of us?

Megan Westgate: Everyone has a right to know what’s in their food and products. In nearly 50 countries, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). GMOs are the product of genetic engineering that mashes together DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, no GMO trait offers increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, GMOs are connected with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Even though a majority of Americans want to know if their food contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby keeps this information from the public. The Non-GMO Project gives consumers the informed choice they deserve.

Extraordinary Health Magazine:
What are the steps in the Non-GMO verification process?

Megan Westgate: Our extensive verification process assures that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance through:

Ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients; any ingredient grown commercially in GMO form is tested prior to use in a verified product.

Action threshold of 0.9%. This aligns with laws in the European Union, where products containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled.

Rigorous traceability and segregation practices (after testing) to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.

A thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to determine absence of GMO risk. Verification maintenance through an annual audit and onsite inspections for high-risk products.

Extraordinary Health Magazine:
What else do people need to know?

Megan Westgate: GMOs are present in at least 80 percent of packaged goods sold in the average U.S. grocery store. If you want to avoid GMOs, it’s important to choose products that are Non-GMO Project Verified.

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization to help preserve a non-GMO food supply and to give consumers an informed choice. We offer North America’s only third-party verification program for non-GMO. Choosing Non-GMO Project Verified helps ensure that our children and grandchildren have safe, healthy food.

There are over 3,000 Non-GMO Project Verified Products currently available. Search for them using our online shopping guide.

What does the future hold for the Non-GMO movement?

Megan Westgate: In the last 5 years, Non-GMO has become an established trend and core value of the natural and organic products industry. Shoppers increasingly seek out non-GMO products, and in 2011, we hit the $1 billion mark in annual sales of Non-GMO Project Verified products. Non-GMO is also a top trend for 2012, according to SPINS and more. Mambo Sprouts Marketing Research says, “Among consumers who seek out non- GMO foods (66%), a large majority (85%) want food products to be specifically certified and labeled as non-GMO.” The Non-GMO Project label is the only such certification.

Extraordinary Health Magazine:
Any additional insight?

Megan Westgate: We want to empower people to make informed choices and to avoid GMOs. In addition to our online shopping guide, here is another key resource we’ve developed:

Our What is GMO Page

November 17, 2015

MegaFood Vitamins Announces More Non GMO Verified Products

MegaFood Whole Food Supplement Company is excited to add even more products to the list of their supplements that have received the Non-GMO Project Verified seal from the Non-GMO Project.

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