Learn About Why Non-GMO is Important!
HAPPY NON-GMO MONTH!
October is Non-GMO Month! It’s a chance for to spread awareness about GMOs and why non-GMO is so important!
Crofters has always been committed to nutrition, quality, and organics. We do, indeed, create tasty spreads, but every time we get in more fruit, or start the boilers, or cap another batch, we have health in mind too. Because your taste buds’ happiness should never be separated from your body’s wellness!
Organic also means NO genetically modified organisms allowed, and we take this seriously.💯 It’s why we proudly display both the Organic and the Non-GMO Project Verified seal on all of our jars.🌱 It’s our promise that every ingredient in every jar has been verified to a rigorous standard for avoidance of GMO’s.😎🥄
WHY IS NON-GMO IMPORTANT?
GMOs have not always been in our food; they were introduced in the 1990’s and became common in the early 2000s. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. For example, Corn is the most commonly grown crop in the United States, and most of it is GMO. The DNA structure of the plant (GMO corn) has been altered in a way that would never occur in nature to resist insect pests or tolerate being sprayed with pesticides/herbicides. Companies sell GMO ready crops which are designed to survive several applications of these chemical sprays. These crops are harvested and put in the food supply chain.
The main ingredient in these harmful sprays is glyphosate. Glyphosate is a chemical known to cause cancer (a 2019 meta-analysis study showed glyphosate increases the risk of cancer by 41%!).
Strawberries continue to lead the “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and veggies that contain the highest levels of pesticides. Other fruits include nectarines, apples, grapes, cherries, peaches, and pears. Also, sugar cane is often directly sprayed with glyphosate to help ripen the crop before harvest. Currently, there is no scientific consensus on the safety of GMO foods, but the long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these organisms can’t be recalled.
We don’t want any pesticides or herbicides sprayed on the ingredients we use to make our tasty spreads, and GMO farming practices inevitably result in higher levels of chemical residue. Therefore, it’s important for our ingredients to be certified organic AND verified non-GMO . It’s healthier for you and our planet!
WHAT DOES NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED MEAN?
The Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program is North America’s only third-party verification for non-GMO food and products. Third-party verification is the highest quality system when it comes to product labeling and certifications. It ensures products have been comprehensively evaluated by an independent party for compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard.
The USDA estimates that up to 80 percent of groceries in North America contain GMOs and GMO derivatives, which reflects the fact that more than 90 percent of our farmland is planted in GMO commodity crops.
Corn and soy alone provide an almost infinite number of ingredients and additives found in many processed foods.
This is why consumers know, trust, and seek out the Non-GMO Project Verified mark in every aisle at the grocery store. Consumers know that preserving and building the non-GMO supply chain is a critical step of transitioning toward a non-GMO food supply for future generations.
(Source: The Non-GMO Project)
WHY ARE YOU NON-GMO PROJECT CERTIFIED IF YOU ARE ALREADY CERTIFIED ORGANIC?
Organic regulations clearly prohibit the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in organic agriculture and organic processing; however, this restriction has not been well communicated to consumers. Crofter’s Organic wants to be sure our commitment to non-GMO foods is loud, clear, and double checked by an organization that only focuses on making sure foods are GMO-free: the Non-GMO Project. Because we care!
CROFTER’S DOUBLE-CHECK TEST
We source only organic, since organic avoids chemicals and GMOs to grow more wholesome, more natural, and more nutrient-dense foods. To double-check our raw materials, we invested in chromatographs. These machines verify the absence of over 415 different kinds of herbicides and pesticides down to 0.003 ppm, as well as measure vitamin and mineral content. We like being able to confidently defend our long-standing organic promise and know our fruits are as chemical-free and as vitamin-packed as they can be for you!