Way Better Snacks are Non-GMO Project Verified. After I started my Gluten Free Lifestyle I started becoming more and more aware of everything that I eat and feed my family. I really don’t have a choice because unless a product is Certified Gluten Free then I read the label. After I met the folks at Way Better Snacks I was really attracted to the brand for a variety of reasons. Not only that they are certified gluten free but also that they are Non-GMO Project Verified. I love that their products have easy to pronounce ingredients!
I also try to eat organic food when possible. You may be asking yourself What is GMO? GMO is short for Genetically Modified Organism. It means that is is in its original form. I am no expert in this field so I wanted to share with you a few thoughts from Way Better about organic and non-GMO Project Verified.
Is all organic food non-GMO?
To clarify, GMO avoidance is a central tenet of organic. Unfortunately, because of the increased proliferation of GMOs over the last 15 years, there is a growing contamination risk to all non-GMO crops, including organic. Organic products still have a much lower risk of contamination than conventional products, and the organic industry is working hard to keep organic non-GMO. What the Non-GMO Project does that the National Organic Program does not do is require testing and set action thresholds. These tools make it possible to exercise basic control over contamination, and give consumers reassurance that the most rigorous GMO avoidance practices possible have been followed for both organic and conventional products.
Can non-organic corn be non-GMO? Yes. Corn can be conventionally grown (non GMO), organically grown (non GMO), and conventionally grown (GMO). At this time approximately 88% of the U.S. Corn crop (as of 2011) is planted with GMO seed. While only conventional farmers can intentionally plant GMO corn, with the proliferation of GMO corn both conventional and to a lesser degree organic are at risk of GMOcontamination. We go to great lengths to ensure that our corn is non-GMO. Not only do we purchase non-GMO corn, our products are verified by the Non-GMO Project—the only third party verifier of non-GMO food and products in North America. For our products to carry the Non-GMO Project Verification mark they must be in full compliance with the Non-GMO Project’s standard. This means:
- There is ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form (like corn) is tested prior to use in a verified product. This PCR test is conducted to make sure that the ingredient is non-GMO.
- We have rigorous traceability and segregation practices in place in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product. To learn more visit: nongmoproject.org/learn-more/understanding-our-seal
- Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products
To learn more visit the Non-GMO Month website for more information: www.nongmomonth.org
Disclaimer: We are brand ambassadors for Way Better Snacks however all opinions are 100% our own.
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