Living non-GMO means making a commitment to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the products you buy, grow and bring into your home. It means understanding what is at risk for being GMO, reading labels and demanding transparency. It’s about your right to know, so that you can make non-GMO choices for you and your loved ones.

As you shop for food this summer remember that the most common GMO crops are corn, soy, canola and sugar beets. Less common GMOs are zucchini, yellow summer squash, Hawaiian papaya and cotton. It’s important to understand how those crops translate into potential GMO ingredients in the products we buy—such as high fructose corn syrup, soy protein, sweeteners from sugar beets, soybean and cottonseed oils, corn flour, and more. With GMOs hiding in so many ingredients, you can save time and worry by adding the Butterfly to your shopping list!

Whether you’re hanging out at home, hitting the road, or showing your plants some love in the garden this summer, here’s a handful of tips from brands that have sponsored our Non-GMO Educational Materials to help you keep your non-GMO lifestyle going strong.

Non-GMO at Home 

  • A well-stocked pantry means less time in the kitchen, be sure to look for organic and Non-GMO Project Verified for all your meals and snacks.
  • Unfortunately, many kid-friendly products contain GMOs. Eating non-GMO can be child’s play if you look for the Butterfly!
  • The bulk section can be a great place to find non-GMO products, save money and reduce packaging waste! Remember to check ingredients, because even bulk items can include high-risk ingredients.
  • Pay extra attention to products containing corn. For example, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and even fresh corn are generally GMO unless otherwise stated.
Non-GMO Camp Out

Non-GMO on the Road 

  • Pack Your Own Breakfast. When traveling bring a non-GMO and organic breakfast along for the ride—organic and Non-GMO Project Verified granola, cereal, nuts and dried fruit make for a deliciously convenient breakfast trail mix.
  • Look for Non-GMO Project Verified snacks! Kids on the road love snacks. Keep them happy with a fishing tackle box filled with all kinds of non-GMO edibles like cereal, nuts, pretzels and crackers. There are lots of Non-GMO Project Verified single-serve snack options ready for plane, train or automobile adventures!
  • When dining out, choose restaurants that source from local non-GMO producers and farmers first. Know where they get the ingredients for their menu.

Non-GMO in the Garden 

  • Grow easy seedlings with the kids! Start with organic and Non-GMO Project Verified seeds. Fresh basil and tomatoes are great fast growers for beginners. Gardens are a fun and tasty way to appreciate all that nature has to offer.
  • Many GMO crops require the aid of chemicals. But at home, you can use chemical-free gardening tactics instead of herbicides and pesticides. Many insects in your garden are actually your allies, helping to keep pests away! Focus on keeping plants healthy with compost and organic matter as pests prey on weaker plants.
  • Plant fast-growing non-GMO wildflower seeds that look beautiful and provide necessary nutrients for pollinators, like bees and butterflies.
  • Serve up what you grow. There’s nothing more satisfying or delicious than sharing the fruits of your labor with friends and family.

Thanks to our Non-GMO Educational Sponsors—Annie’s, San-J, Nature’s Path, Kettle Brand, Wedderspoon, and Natural Vitality—for providing non-GMO tips and Non-GMO Project Verified products. Download the complete Living Non-GMO Summer Guide to read more about how easy it is to live a non-GMO lifestyle, during the summer and beyond!

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Evelyn McHugh

Wonderful idea’s for families. However until GMA and corporate America developes a conscious and stops poisoning our food eating healthy can be a struggle for families with fixed incomes.


Awesome info. I’ve got a question?
I thought corn, soy and wheat were the most genetically modified foods. So, wheat is ok? I only eat w butterfly symbol. Its expensive to eat organic nongmo but I do it because I got really sick and allergic to glutens


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