What are GMOs and what products are non-gmo?
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are created through the process of genetic engineering: a technology that takes DNA from one organism and moves it into another, creating new varieties of plants and animals that wouldn’t be found in nature. Genetic engineering is prohibited in organic food and farming because of concerns about their environmental and health repercussions. Learn more about genetic engineering. So if a product has the “Certified Organic” label (see below) it is non-gmo.
GMOs are prohibited in organic production, and organic production supports a food system that values environmental stewardship, public health, animal welfare standards, transparent labels, and complete traceability of products without the use of toxic fertilizers or pesticides.
CCOF believes that genetic modification is fundamentally incompatible with organic production. The organic market and its producers must be protected from GMO contact. GMO products must be labeled. CCOF integrates GMO testing in addition to pesticide residue testing efforts. The CCOF “Non-GMO & More” seal underscores the prohibition of GMOs in organic and recognizes the many contributions of organic to a healthier world.
The Benefits of Organic
Organic standards promote and enhance biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil fertility, and restore, maintain, and enhance ecological harmony. The legacy of organic will be the catalyzation of healthy, sustainable, and humane production systems. CCOF believes that organic standards should continually evolve to address a broadening range of issues. Learn more about the benefits of organic and about CCOF’s mission & principles.