On the rise: a leader in the fight against GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a serious blow to the anti-GMO movement with its recent refusal to hear an appeal by organic farmers, seed companies and advocacy groups against Monsanto, the largest producer of genetically modified seed in the United States, but the fight goes on.
One of those leading the charge is Inside GMO, a national consumer campaign of the non-profit Green America (formerly Co-op America), the country’s leading proponent of the green economy. GMO Inside educates consumers about which foods contain genetically engineered ingredients while providing information on non-GMO verified and organic certified alternatives.
As consumers increasingly vote with their wallets for healthy, environmentally-friendly groceries, food producers, large and small, are doing more to tout their products natural, organic and sustainable credentials. But in a sea of confusing claims, certifications and package designs to lure buyers, all that glitters is not green.
Biotech ingredients are found in more than 70 percent of all foods sold in the U.S. And in recent years, organic farmers, environmental groups and eco- and health-conscious foodies have lobbied, without success, for mandatory labeling standards for products that contain GMOs.
The GMO Inside campaign has boldly encouraged advocates to take matters into their own hands by adding their downloadable warning labels (like the one in the photo at the top of this post) to products on store shelves that contain genetically modified ingredients.
Some are taking the initiative to do it themselves.
Last year, the Whole Foods grocery chain became the first American retailer to require all genetically modified foods sold in its stores to carry a GMO label, something advocates hope will become the norm. On the other side of the coin, thanks, in part, to pressure from consumers and campaigns like GMO Inside, more Big Food makers are going the non-GMO route. (This month, General Mills released a GMO-free original Cheerios breakfast cereal and Post followed suit with a non-GMO verified Grape Nuts.)
“We believe that everyone has a right to know what’s in their food and to choose foods that are proven safe for themselves, their families, and the environment,” says GMO Inside.
For more information about GMO Inside, visit gmoinside.org.