by: John Bush
For several years now, my family has been conscious of the risks associated with Genetically Modified Foods. Research has recently shown a link between vaccines and GMOs converging to fuel autism and neurodegenerative conditions. With all of the potential problems GMOs could contribute to, we are conscious of avoiding GMOs when we go grocery shopping. This is why I was so pleased to find out recently that the USDA Organic label now expressly prohibits the use of GMO products throughout any process of production of a Organically labeled food.
According to the USDA, “The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients. To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, such as GMOs, from farm to table.” (Source: http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/05/17/organic-101-can-gmos-be-used-in-organic-products/)
This is a huge step in the right direction as to the best of my knowledge, the only other well known and trusted non-GMO label comes from the Non-GMO Project. While the Non-GMO Project label is becoming more widely adopted and recognized, it’s nowhere near as popular as the USDA Organic label.
So rest assured my health conscious friends, if you are purchasing a food product labeled USDA Organic, according the the US Government, the product is GMO free!