The rise of Non-GMO foods has stormed the aisles of almost every supermarket, natural food store and big box outlet, running rip shod over almost every other label claim. I can even find the Non-GMO claim inside my local gas-mart amongst the nuts and chips. Forecasts indicate that the global Non-GMO foods market will grow at a CAGR of 16.23% during the 2017-2021 period.
There are signs that the rights of consumers to know what is in their food may be coming to a revolutionary climax. With Vermont ushering in the first unencumbered GMO state labeling law, the skirmish has broadened its fronts from the halls of Washington DC to the fields of Iowa and homes in Oregon. Continue reading
Walk down the food aisles and you will notice a new label multiplying on the shelves. Non-GMO labels are one of the fastest growing label phenomena in the grocery aisle today. Recent polls indicate that 92% of consumers want to know what is in their food when it comes to Genetically Modified Ingredients. That’s exactly why these labels are growing in popularity and recognition. They represent one way to assure consumers that they are not feeding GMOs to their families. The other sure fire way to avoid GMOs is to purchase certified organic products. It’s just that simple and most hungry shoppers don’t even realize it. Continue reading
Does the world really need a new spin on the basic apple? Some folks at Okanagan Specialty Fruit think so. I suspect they have spent untold resources developing the world’s first genetically modified apple. Back in November, I posted Let’s Give Eve a Better Apple? It explained that the creators of this genetically engineered apple hail it as “Nature at Its Best”. They go on to say “We all love apples! Until they turn brown, that is. Arctic® apples are everything you love about apples!” Continue reading
The news of genetically engineered (GE) foods is certainly circuitous. Recent news came literally in a round shape when General Mills announced that their 73-year-old breakfast cereal, Cheerios, would be free of GE products. Cheerios is one of the highest profile brands fed to millions of kids across the country. Bowing to consumer pressure and the “As You Sow” group who engaged with General Mills in requesting that it reformulate its iconic Cheerios product. , The Wall Street Journal reported that General Mills had been working to rid Cheerios of GE products for the past year. The cartons will voluntarily display “Not Made with Genetically Modified Ingredients”. Alas, it only affects the original flavors and not the Honey- Nut flavor, but it’s a step in the long march towards transparency. I know many a toddler who is fed cheerios as a mainstay, and this will rid one source of GE products from their diet. Thank you General Mills! Now let’s think about feeding our children more whole organic food. Continue reading