5 Things To Know About GMOsWritten by Susan Thanavaro | Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

You’ve likely heard a lot about GMOs, but what are they really? Where do they come from and why should you be concerned? Here are five things you should know.

What is a GMO?
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. A GM food is created when scientists remove a gene from one organism and transfer that gene to a different organism. Unlike traditional methods, where farmers might breed plants from the same species to make a stronger plant, GM technology makes it possible to transfer any gene from any organism into a different one. There are essentially two types of GM crops—those engineered to produce their own pesticide in the form of Bacillus thurengiensis (Bt) and those engineered to be resistant to Roundup weed killer.

Why are these foods harmful?
The negative environmental impact of these crops is profound. Roundup tolerant weeds also known as “superweeds” began to emerge only 4 years after these crops were first introduced. Fighting these weeds means incrementally upping herbicide use which is devastating the soil. Access herbicides in the land are making it more difficult for plants to take in crucial micronutrients like zinc, chromium and manganese. This not only results in sick crops but also foods that do not taste as vibrant and full of flavor as they should.

Bt crops are not any better. New York University microbiologists found that the natural pesticides these plants produce is leaking from their roots into the soil. The Bt that remains (sometime for as long as 7 months) is killing natural organisms that foster plant health.

Are GMOs bad for our health?
The truth is, we just don’t know. Because GM foods are so pervasive it’s impossible to isolate their impact.  The Grocery Manufacturers Association estimates that nearly 75 percent to 80 percent of conventional processed foods now contain GMOs.

Most recently, a study published in the scientific journal Entropy suggests that long-term exposure to glyphosate residues could be linked to a suite of human health issues, including gastrointestinal disorders, Alzheimer’s and certain cancers.

What crops should I look out for?
The top 7 GM crops are: corn, soy, cottonseed, alfalfa, papaya, canola and sugar beets.

Just because you don’t see one of these ingredients on the label doesn’t mean it’s GM free, though. The top 7 hide in a bevy of processed food ingredients including: lecithin, xanthum gum, cellulose, dextrose, and more. You can find a complete list here.

How can I avoid eating these foods?
Buy organic. Genetically modified crops are exempt from certification. You can also look for the Non-GMO Project Verification Label which tests products to guarantee that they’re GMO free. In addition to being 100 percent organic, Made In Nature’s fruit is also Non-GMO Project Verified so feel free to snack with impunity!

Non-GMO Project VerificationWritten by Wendy Goldner | Monday, June 17th, 2013

Made in Nature Announces Non-GMO Project Certification

All products are verified as meeting the highest GMO avoidance standards

BOULDER, Colo. (May 21, 2013) – As the leading and longstanding brand of premium, organic dried fruit Made In Nature is committed to providing the highest quality, best-tasting products available. The company is thrilled to have taken the additional step of supporting the Non-GMO Project and obtaining their Non-GMO Project verification.

Non-GMO Project Certification verifies that all of Made In Nature’s organic ingredients are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, including ongoing testing of any potential risk ingredients. The Non-GMO Project is currently North America’s only independent verification for products that are made according to the best practices for GMO (genetically modified organism) avoidance. GMOs have never been properly tested for human consumption and have yet to be proven safe.

Made In Nature supports sustainable organic farming not only because it produces the best tasting fruit on the planet, but because it is safe and healthy for their consumers as well. They are committed to developing products without the use of GMOs and will hold their products accountable to ongoing testing of GMO risk ingredients. Made In Nature believes their customers have a right to know what is in their food and deserve the healthiest food available.

Made in Nature, the #1 organic dried fruit brand in the U.S., keeps its promises to its customers and Mother Nature taking the path less chosen in dried fruit production and never uses added sugar, sulfur or artificial additives, colors, flavors, genetically modified organisms, preservatives, pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.

 

For more than 25 years Made In Nature has remained committed to environmental stewardship, helping to convert thousands of acres of land to organic farming. Many of these farms use renewable energy and provide shade and habitat for endangered species. By procuring only 100 percent certified organic fruit from dedicated organic farmers from around the globe, the company believes they offer the best tasting and most nutritious dried fruit on the planet. Made In Nature is available nationwide at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Costco and leading natural, specialty and regional grocers. Made In Nature also offers organic fresh produce and organic artisan frozen pizzas.