Garden of Life’s Commitment to Non-GMO Project Verified Products
At Garden of Life, it is our mission to Empower Extraordinary Health and one way we can help achieve that mission is to provide the highest quality, purest, non-GMO products for our consumers. Having our products verified by the Non-GMO Project is paramount to that mission.
What is a GMO?
According to the Non-GMO Project, “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs) are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology—also called genetic engineering, or GE. This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
According to Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project, “Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. GMOs are connected with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. Non-GMO Project Verification gives consumers the informed choice they deserve.”
What Does It Mean to be Non-GMO Project Verified?
The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification program for Non-GMO. It’s a non-profit organization to help preserve a non-GMO food supply and to give consumers an informed choice and to ensure that we have safe, healthy food.
Their extensive Non-GMO verification process—and, hence, the Non-GMO Project Verified label—assures that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance through:
- verification maintenance by an annual audit and onsite inspections for high-risk products.
- rigorous traceability and segregation practices (after testing) to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
- ensuring that any ingredient that is also grown commercially in GMO form is tested prior to use in a Non-GMO verified product to ensure Non-GMO status.
- an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This aligns with laws in the European Union, where products containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled.
- a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to determine absence of GMO risk.
The best way to avoid GMOs is to look for the Non-GMO Project Verified label.
To view a list of Garden of Life products already verified by the Non-GMO Project, please visit: http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/search/?brandId=384