What is a GMO?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
We want to avoid GMOs because we are concerned about potential health consequences, unsustainable farming practices, unethical business practices and the gaping lack of proof that they are safe. In most of the developed world, GMOs are viewed as dangerous because the data to prove their safety simply does not exist.
We believe the onus of proof of safety is on the side of biotechnology and until then we choose not to support their use. We believe it is best to leave our food supply in the hands of Mother Nature. We also rigorously support the labeling of any GMO products so the American public can be informed as to what they are eating.
What does the “Non-GMO Project Verified seal” mean?
The verification seal indicates that the product bearing the seal has gone through the Non-GMO Project’s (NGP) verification process. Their verification is an assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance:
- NGP requires ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product.
- NGP uses an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This is in alignment with laws in the European Union, where any product containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled. Absence of all GMOs is the target for all Non-GMO Project Standard compliant products. Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the Participant’s quality management systems. Our feeds, however, always test below 0.9% — the same high quality standard expected for human grade products!
- After the test, NGP requires rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
- For low-risk ingredients, NGP conducts a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to determine absence of GMO risk.
- Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products.
Why Non-GMO Project Verified AND Certified Organic?
Shopping organic is a great step towards ensuring that your family eats the healthiest foods possible. The challenge is that although GMOs are an excluded method under the National Organic Program, organic certification does not require GMO testing. Choosing products that are Certified Organic AND Non-GMO Project Verified is the best way to make sure you are getting the safest, healthiest, highest-quality food for your animals and your family.