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Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 @ 01:42 PM

October is Non-GMOs Month

Non-GMO 411

While there is no conclusive evidence that eating GMOs hurts humans, please remember that safety sometimes takes lifetimes to assess (remember our stance on DDT in the 1950s, anyone?!). 

I won't dive too deep so let's simply review the 411 on what GMOs are so that you can decide what does and doesn't work for you and your family!

GMOs: If you don't know, now you know!

What are GMOs: genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMO). GMO products include medicines and vaccines, foods and food ingredients, animal feed and fibers.

How to identify GMOs in food: currently the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not require growers and producers to label products that contain GMOs, save for a QR code on food products that consumers may look up (CLICK HERE for 1.5 minute video for more info. on this method). 

While I don't recommend QR-scanning all your food while grocery shopping, here are 2 tips I do recommend:

1. Guaranteed way to avoid GMOs: buy organic. The USDA certified organic seal is the best way to know that your food products abide by much stricter standards that are associated with the "Organic label."

2. Avoid the following commercially produced crops: Alfalfa, Canola, Corn, Cotton, Flax, Papaya, Rice, Soy, Sugar Beets, Zucchini & Yellow Summer Squash.

I hate to plant the fear in you but here are ingredients that could be derived from these risk crops, which include but are not limited to: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings ("natural" and "artificial"), Hyrolized Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Microbial growth media, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vatamins, Yeast Products

IMPORTANT SIDEBAR: If a product contains any of the above items, your strongest assurance that the manufacturer has followed best practices for GMO avoidance is when the product carries either the "USDA certified organic" label or the "Non-GMO Project Verified" label! 



The Meat of the Matter:

On a lighter, but equally "meaty" note: our P6 Producer Twisted Oaks Farms is now supplying us with most every cut of lamb meat you can think of – come check out the selection in the freezer section! Also check out the 100% grassfed ground beef from Thousand Hills @$6.49/lb as part of our "Basics" program. 

Look for the "Co-op Basics" purple signs as well as Field Day-branded products throughout the grocery aisles at rock bottom prices.



Expansion:

While we haven't posted anything new since last week, don't forget to keep checking our EXPANSION PAGE as we post updates there as often as we are able!

  • FRIENDLY REMINDER: If you have a big load of groceries, our Front End Staff is happy bring your groceries out to you if you would like to drive up to the store.


Events:

Organic Prairie will sample their 100% organic (Non-GMO) "Might Bars" in store
next Monday, Oct. 24, 3-6PM.

Wisconsin Meadows will sample their 100% grassfed (Non-GMO) "Jerky" in store
next Thursday, Oct. 27, 3-6PM.

Tags: co-op basics, Expansion, Non-GMOs