For Non-GMO month, we have completed our in-store audit; a huge thanks to all you HOOs who helped!
Please be on the look out for Non-GMO project verified labeling or orange sales tags/stickers, which highlight all the Non-GMO products we have in store.
We are proud to announce that our entire produce department is Non-GMO and over 90% of our Bulk Department is Non-GMO too.
Check out our education station with information concerning genetically engineered foods along with adorable Non-GMO totes, buttons, stickers, and a Non-GMO cookbook= yum!
Non-GMO Workshops this Month (all workshops are in-store, upstairs in our community space):
Saturday the 12th of October starting at 1pm Label GMO Nevada
Wednesday the 30th at 6:30pm … This will be amazing! Get your ticket here!
Wednesday the 30th and Thursday the 31st – All day, in-store!
Please see below for more detailed information about our in-store audit and our GMO Policy.
With our GMO Audit, we used the research done by the Non GMO Verification Project to define high risk genetically modified crops as well as their list of common ingredients derived from these crops:
- Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
- Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
- Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
- Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
- Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)
ALSO high-risk: animal products (milk, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) because of contamination in feed.
Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.
Our GBCFC GMO Statement/Policy:
We support the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. Until mandatory labeling is required we will conduct our own research to support our department buyers in offering one item in each food category that meet the following criteria when available:
1. The product is 100% Certified Organic
2. The product is Non GMO Project Verified
3. The producer of the product provides credible documentation of non gmo status
4. The product does not have high risk genetically engineered ingredients
We will work towards the goal that items, which contain high risk genetically engineered ingredients, should be clearly labeled at the point of purchase by the producer with this statement: ‘This product contains ingredients that are at a high risk of being genetically engineered. Evidence suggests that genetically engineered foods may present serious hazards for human health and the environment.’
Each and every year, we will re-evaluate our policy to ensure we are sourcing and stocking the healthiest, most trusted products and will support not only our state wide initiatives but federal right to know movements.
For more information check out a few of the many resources listed below or please don’t hesitate to contact our local food an sustainability coordinator Nicole@greatbasinfood.coop