You asked and we answered. In an effort to provide full transparency to our readers and make more readily available the information you want most, we’ve recently updated our frequently asked questions page.

Over the past year, your top three most frequently asked questions were:

1.  Why does the Non-GMO Project verify products like orange juice and salt?

Many products that seem unlikely to come from GMOs can actually contain hidden GMO risks.A few examples:

  • Salt isn’t genetically modified, but many table salts contain an anti-caking agent made with GMO corn.
  • Oranges aren’t a GMO risk, but orange juice often contains added vitamins from GMO microorganisms.
  • Kitty litter is sometimes made from non-risk sand or clay, but many brands contain GMO corn.

The average consumer doesn’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of all possible GMO risks, especially with new GMOs entering the marketplace so quickly. That’s why the Non-GMO Project has a team of full-time researchers devoted to tracking these risks so consumers don’t have to.

There are plenty more good reasons to label low-risk items, too. Please check out our blog to learn more.

2.  Are NGPV products tested for chemicals such as glyphosate?

The Non-GMO Project is a single-issue certification; the only thing the Non-GMO Project tests for is GMOs.

3.  Why did I see the word modified or artificial on the ingredient panel of a Non-GMO Project Verified product?

“Artificial” does not mean that an ingredient has been genetically modified, it means it is not found in nature and must be synthesized by humans in a lab. It is important to understand that while artificial does not inherently mean something is a GMO, some artificial ingredients do come from GMOs—especially GMO microorganisms. Those are the types of artificial ingredients that are addressed in the Non-GMO Project Standard.The “modified” in modified corn starch (and other types of modified starches) does not stand for genetically modified. In this context, “modified” simply means that the corn starch has been changed or altered in some way to make it more useful in food production. Corn starch is a GMO risk because it contains corn, NOT because it sometimes says “modified.” Rest assured, if a product bears the Non-GMO Project Verified mark, it has been found compliant with North America’s most trusted Standard for GMO avoidance.

To see our full list of frequently asked questions, please visit the new GMO FAQ page.

If there are additional questions that you’d like answered, please reach out to us at info@nongmoproject.org. We love to hear from you and are happy to help navigate the confusing landscape of GMOs!

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