The Non-GMO Project

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization based in North America that is committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The organization believes that everyone has a right to know what is in their food and deserves access to non-GMO choices.

History[edit | edit source]

The Non-GMO Project was founded in 2007 by two grocery stores, The Natural Grocery Company and The Big Carrot Natural Food Market. They were concerned about the prevalence of GMOs in the North American food supply and the lack of regulations for GMO labeling. The project started as an initiative to provide consumers with information and choices about GMOs.

Non-GMO Project Standard[edit | edit source]

The Non-GMO Project Standard is a consensus-based document crafted with the insight from dozens of industry experts, reflecting a dynamic range of perspectives. It is a comprehensive document that provides a framework for verifying the non-GMO status of natural and organic foods, supplements, and personal care products.

Verification Process[edit | edit source]

The Non-GMO Project Verification Process involves a rigorous review of a product's ingredients, supply chain, and manufacturing facilities to ensure it meets the Non-GMO Project Standard. The process includes ongoing testing of high-risk ingredients and periodic facility audits.

Non-GMO Project Label[edit | edit source]

The Non-GMO Project Label is a seal that signifies a product has been verified to the Non-GMO Project Standard. It is one of the most trusted labels among consumers when it comes to GMO avoidance.

Impact[edit | edit source]

The Non-GMO Project has had a significant impact on the food industry. It has verified tens of thousands of products and is recognized as the gold standard for non-GMO verification. The project has also influenced food manufacturers to source non-GMO ingredients and has increased consumer awareness about GMOs.

Criticism[edit | edit source]

Despite its success, the Non-GMO Project has faced criticism. Some argue that the project spreads fear about GMOs, which are generally considered safe by the scientific community. Others believe that the project's standards are too stringent and that it is difficult for small businesses to achieve verification.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

The Non-GMO Project plays a crucial role in providing consumers with non-GMO choices and increasing transparency in the food industry. Despite the criticism, it continues to grow and influence the food industry in North America.

See Also[edit | edit source]


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