According to Bevnet.com news site, in an article dated April 26, “With a stated purpose of establishing “a consistent and enforceable standard for labeling of foods produced using genetic engineering,” legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have introduced a new bill that would require mandatory labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods and ingredients.” However, an organization known as the Non GMO Project foundation has already started changing the rules when it comes to GMO foods on the market.
If you take notice throughout the grocery stores nationwide now you may be lucky enough to find a food item that has a new type of certification label. The Non GMO Project certification label can be seen on hundreds of products available to consumers throughout grocery stores in many places. But what does it mean to carry such a label and what is the Non GMO Project? In a nut shell, the Non GMO Project is a non-profit organization that has come together to create a project to label all genetically modified foods (GMOs).
As the country’s states and government fight back and forth trying to decide if you, the American people, have the right to know what is in your food or not, this organization, as well as multiple food companies, have taken labeling into their own hands and started labeling products that are Non GMO themselves. Right now many representatives are trying to get a nationwide labeling law passed, but until that happens it is up to the people to get the job done.
If we do not do it, it may never happen and most Americans, about 70 percent according to most polls, are tired of waiting. They want labeling of all GMOs now! About 21 states have initiatives to try and pass a state statewide labeling law this year. But what does it mean to carry this Non GMO label? It means that the company has went through rigorous testing to prove that they do not use genetically modified ingredients. But is there more to this than meets the eye? Lets take a look.
Some companies such as SO Delicious, and SILK and Lundberg Family Farms, might seem to be all non GMO because you can see that these companies all carry the Non GMO Project label. But in actuality there is more to this label than most consumers might know. Taking into consideration that the Non GMO Project is like an angel in disguise for the people, just carrying this label does not mean that the company in question is 100% non GMO.
However, what ever product you see this label on is 100% non GMO. But again, that does not make the whole company non GMO. The reason for this is because each item that carries this label is holding up some pretty high standards. If the product is not organic that does not make it genetically modified, and if the product does not carry the label that does not make it genetically modified. It does make it suspect, because the label is not something that a company has to pay for.
They just have to prove that their ingredients are non GMO. What does this mean to the consumer? It means you should understand that just because you see a Lundberg Family Farms product with the Non GMO Project label does not mean that the next Lundberg Family Farms product is non GMO as well. If the product of one company does not carry the label but you know that there are products from that company that do have that label, it is a good chance that the product without the label contains GMOs.
To show this to be true, there are two products that consumers can check out for themselves. Lundberg Family Farms is a well known company among consumers that prefer mostly all natural and organic foods. They are creators of Risotto, a creamy rice entree in the Indian tradition. One Risotto item available is their Creamy Parmesan flavor. This item does not carry the Non GMO Project label. Compared side by side, to their Risotto flavor, Garlic Primavera, you will see that this item does carry the label.
One could speculate and say that the item that does not carry the label is an older item that was on the store shelves before the company was certified. However, when one takes a closer look at the ingredients of the two items in question you will see that the item that does not carry the label contains autolyzed yeast extract. This is a natural form of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). So the next time you are shopping for non GMO foods, don’t let your guard down just because you know a company carries the non GMO label, read the ingredients carefully.