Everyone has a right to know what’s in their food, and deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.
Contrary to biotech industry claims, GMOs have never been properly tested for human safety. We believe that every family deserves access to safe food, which is why for the month of April we choose to say no to GMOs.
A direct extension of chemical agriculture, GMO crops are responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs”. They have also contributed to a 15-fold increase in glyphosate use since their introduction in 1996. By accepting the Non-GMO Challenge, we are helping to protect human and environmental health and preserve ecological harmony.
The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these organisms cannot be recalled. By making a non-GMO commitment, we are helping to protect the people, plants, and animals directly impacted by the consequences of genetic engineering.
With GMOs now present in more than 75% of conventional processed food, choosing Non-GMO Project Verified is the most reliable way for your family to avoid GMOs.
More than 60 countries around the world—including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union—require GMOs to be labeled. Globally, there are also 300 regions with outright bans on growing GMOs.
There is a growing attempt on the part of biotechnology companies to distance themselves from the consumer rejection of GMOs by claiming that new types of genetic engineering (for example, gene editing and synthetic biology) are not actually genetic engineering. To bring clarity in the face of this misleading trend, the Non-GMO Project has explicitly included these technologies in its Standard. Taking the Non-GMO Challenge means saying no to these emerging GMOs.