Everyone’s looking for healthier organic and non-GMO food options, but what relationship do these two labels have with each other?
Sales of both organic and Non-GMO Project Verified foods have been skyrocketing lately as more and more people seek to avoid genetically engineered ingredients, but many people are new to the scene and still don’t know all the details of what each label means.
In order to clear the air about differences between organic and non-GMO, and to highlight the additional value provided by organic produce and organic foods, one California-based outreach, certification and non-profit group has created a new label.
Have you seen the new label yet? It first began appearing on food products this spring, but most people still don’t even realize it exists.
Organic is “Non-GMO & More”
Seeking to highlight the advantages of buying organic foods as opposed to just non-GMO ones, the California Certified Organic Organic Farmers, a non-profit organization based in the Golden State, released the “Non-GMO & More” label this past spring.
According to the organization’s press release, the new label “underscores the prohibition of GMOs in organic and recognizes the many contributions of organic to a healthier world.”
Many people still do not realize that GMOs are not welcome in certified organic foods (except for trace amounts of contamination which is unavoidable in many cases due to pollination; corn is perhaps the #1 food to watch out for in this case), and also that organic has many advantages over just non-GMO food, such as:
-Organic is not sprayed with synthetic pesticides like Roundup (although some pre-harvest exceptions remain; strawberries are one unfortunately)
-Organic enhances soil biodiversity and health
-Organic food has higher amounts of minerals and antioxidants which are essential for human health
-Organic supports animal welfare
-Organic provides better traceability of products produced without synthetic fertilizers
The organic label is of course not perfect, however.
Many organic watchdogs looking to safeguard standards have sounded the alarm over the USDA and corporate America’s ongoing quest to water down standards as more and more customers have demanded better quality food.
In protest, another new label was created a few years back called “Certified Naturally Grown,” in order to protest the costs associated with becoming certified USDA organic, as well as increasing corporate control.
For more on the new symbol you can check out the CCOF’s website by clicking here.
Have you seen this new label yet, and do you think it’s a good idea? Let us know in the comments below.