Learn more about the seven belief statements behind the Non-GMO Project’s nonprofit mission. You’ll find information about how we support these beliefs within our organization and beyond, along with additional hyperlinks to learn more about each of these commitments.
1. We believe everyone has a right to know what is in their food and deserves access to non-GMO choices.
|This basic tenet is the first belief statement that supports the Non-GMO Project’s mission of preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.|
|Did you know that the Non-GMO Project has a full-time team of researchers who track the latest developments in all things biotech? Because of their watchful eyes, we’re able to stay on top of the latest GMO developments and consistently update the Non-GMO Project Standard to keep these genetically engineered ingredients out of products with the Butterfly. This is just one of the ways we support the right to know what’s in your food.|
|Our friends at Annie’s Homegrown are all about honest food. Ingredient transparency is one of the reasons why they offer over 100 Non-GMO Project Verified products!
“We each play a role. Together, we’re making an impact,” says the bunny company of their commitment to providing non-GMO choices that kids of all ages can enjoy.
2. We believe that, by voting with our dollars every time we shop, collectively we have the power to change the way our food is grown and made.
|The power of the people is strong. By making conscious purchasing decisions and investing in the products that support changes we want to see in the world, we can build a non-GMO food supply.|
|The Non-GMO Project was founded by a pair of concerned retailers back in 2007. Looking to provide their customers with more information on GMOs, The Natural Grocery Company in Berkeley, California and The Big Carrot Natural Food Market in Toronto, Ontario combined their efforts with the goal of creating a standardized definition for non-GMO products in the North American food industry.
With products bearing the Butterfly now in over 14,000 locations throughout the US and Canada, we’re proud to continue our longstanding partnership with retailers to bring shoppers like you more verified non-GMO products.
|“From the bean to the bar, our mission to create dignified trading relations that empower cocoa farmers highlights our commitment to non-GMO through transparency, inclusion, and fairness,” says Divine Chocolate of their commitment to non-GMO.
Each of Divine’s 19 Non-GMO Project Verified chocolate bars is made from cocoa supplied by the 85,000 farmer members of the Kuapa Kokoo cooperative in Ghana, which co-owns the company. As part owners, farmers are given a share of profits and a voice within the company and in the global marketplace
3. We believe preserving and building the non-GMO supply chain is a critical step of transitioning toward a safe, healthy food supply for future generations.
|By working with brands of all sizes, we help to shift toward a non-GMO supply chain. When brands make the choice to get their products Verified, they provide transparent choices for consumers and help to preserve and grow a non-GMO food supply, for now and generations to come.|
|The Non-GMO Project Verified butterfly mark, backed by our rigorous Standard and third-party testing, is North America’s most trusted and meaningful label for GMO avoidance. At the supply chain level, ingredients at a high risk for GMO contamination are tested as close to initial processing as possible before they can be used in a Non-GMO Project Verified product.
As an additional quality assurance measure, our surveillance team then has the opportunity to pull samples from finished products containing high-risk ingredients to be sent out for further testing at approved labs.
|Our friends at One Degree Organics are passionate about ingredient transparency. “We use technology to ensure that our consumers know exactly who grew the organic and non-GMO ingredients that go into our cereals, granolas, and oatmeals,” says the Canadian brand with over 50 Verified products.|
4. We believe the integrity of our diverse genetic inheritance is essential to environmental health and ecological harmony.
|GMO agriculture epitomizes our broken food system. Rather than considering the holistic systems impact, exploitation and extraction of our natural resources causes a severe imbalance in our ecological health. When you choose to go non-GMO, you support a more biodiverse agricultural system.|
|Did you know that the Non-GMO Project maintains a list of the crops at a high risk for GMO contamination? To land on our High-Risk List, GMO versions of these ingredients must be widely commercially available.
High-risk crops include alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, papaya, potato, soy, sugar beet, and zucchini/yellow summer squash. Additionally, animal products like meat, eggs, and milk are on the High-Risk List because of the prevalence of GMO ingredients in animal feed. Under the Non-GMO Project Standard, high-risk crops are handled with an additional degree of scrutiny because of their increased risk for GMO contamination.
|“We believe that GMO crops, and the dependency on pesticides they create, are in conflict with the wellbeing of people and the planet. That’s why our non-GMO formulas are produced with standards that reflect the best in each of us,” says Andalou Naturals of their commitment to quality ingredients.
The founders behind Andalou Naturals have been advocating for the consumers right to know what’s in their products for over 30 years. With more than 140 Non-GMO Project Verified personal care products, Andalou makes it easy to keep the wellbeing of people and the planet in mind.
5. We believe that by encouraging a non-GMO seed supply, we are supporting the restoration of traditional seed breeding and the right of farmers to save and plant their own seeds and grow varieties of their choice.
|Do we really want to live in a world where we depend on just a couple of companies for the whole world’s seed supply? At the Non-GMO Project, we don’t.
We do, however, want to live in a world where individual farmers have the power to collect, crossbreed, and save their own seeds.
|Did you know that just three companies control about 60 percent of the world’s food supply? Some of agriculture’s biggest corporations use patents to control how farmers grow crops. In addition to patents on the whole plant or seed, these corporations often hold utility patents—gaining ownership of all improvements or innovations, including the process.
We have the power to change the way our food is grown and made. We can choose not to support practices that privatize our food supply, hurt small farmers, and restrict the free flow of information. The non-GMO movement is about more than the right to know, it’s also about doing what’s right!
|“We believe that by providing a source of non-GMO seeds, we are empowering farmers to make an informed choice about the most fundamental element of food production in order to build a food system that can support health on all levels,” says High Mowing Organic Seeds about re-imagining what our world can be. With hundreds of Non-GMO Project Verified seeds to choose from, High Mowing Organic Seeds is helping to inspire a future based on better stewardship for our planet.
Every day that High Mowing Organic Seeds is in business, they are growing; working to provide an essential component in the rebuilding of our healthy food systems: the seeds.
6. We believe a verified non-GMO system supports organic agriculture by reducing contamination pressure and protecting the supply of non-GMO seed.
|We believe a verified non-GMO system supports organic agriculture by reducing contamination pressure and protecting the supply of non-GMO seed.
Non-GMO Project Verified products support a food system that relies less on toxic, unsustainable agricultural inputs, and practices—the same values promoted by Certified Organic. We’re big proponents of organic and believe that our acreage must shift to not only organic but regenerative to restore the health of our planet.
|The Non-GMO Project Verification program supports organic agriculture by reducing contamination pressure and protecting the supply of non-GMO seed.
While the Non-GMO Project is a single-issue organization, we are strong supporters of organic. For many of us here at the Project, buying products that are both Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified ensures that we can avoid chemicals and GMOs in the food we bring home to feed ourselves and our families.
|“Our commitment to verified non-GMO and organic ingredients works hand-in-hand with our broader mission to pass along a healthier and happier world for the next generation,” says Once Upon a Farm about nurturing our children and our planet.
A healthy planet is at the heart of everything Once Upon a Farm does, and so they do business in a way that minimizes their impact on the earth and maximizes proactive efforts to keep it healthy for generations to come.
7. We believe everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.
|We believe everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.
The GMO landscape is changing fast, but the Non-GMO Project’s commitment to being the most trusted standard for shoppers looking to avoid GMOs is unwavering. We are doing what it takes to keep new GMOs out of the program and out of our food system so that consumers like you can continue to trust the Butterfly.
|The Non-GMO Project was founded on the simple idea that everyone has a right to know what is in their food, and we are committed to helping make that right a reality for every shopper.
Consumers like you have been demanding transparency, campaigning for labeling, and voting for non-GMO options when you shop for decades. Your hard work created the Non-GMO Project and has helped bring more than 54,000 Verified non-GMO choices to consumers across the US and Canada.
|“The making of quality food begins with quality ingredients,” says Trans-Ocean about its mission of building trust with consumers.
Trans-Ocean is committed to building trust and transparency—values that have been historically lacking in the seafood industry. They believe in third-party verification and educating consumers about preserving and building our non-GMO food supply.
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