What does non-GMO mean?
You know how sometimes you hear a phrase in marketing or see it online, and it never occurs to you to explore it much further? Non-GMO tends to be one of those phrases. But what IS non-GMO?
Let’s take a look.
What Does Non-GMO Mean?
The term “non-GMO” stands for “non-genetically modified organism.” Non-GMO products are those that have not been genetically modified using modern biotechnology methods, such as gene splicing or recombinant DNA technology. This means that the plants or animals used to produce non-GMO products have been grown or raised using traditional, natural methods.
Non-GMO products are often labeled as such to help consumers make informed choices about the foods they eat. Some examples of non-GMO products include
- dairy products
that are produced without the use of genetically modified organisms.
It’s also accurate to describe products that are made using non-GMO plant or animal material as being “non-GMO” themselves. For example, Purple Plumeria’s Home Compostable and Resealable Zip Bags are made from non-GMO cornstarch.
Does non-GMO mean organic?
Certified organic foods are, according to NSF, always non-GMO. That is because they are grown without chemicals or additives, so they are free from genetic modification. That said, non-GMO foods and plants are not necessarily organic, as they may have been grown in fields that use pesticides that don’t modify the genetics of the plant.
What are the benefits of non-GMO products?
there are several benefits of using or consuming non-genetically modified foods and non-GMO labeled products:
Research shows that non-GMO products are healthier as they do not contain any genetically modified organisms. They are free from harmful chemicals and additives, which may cause allergic reactions or lead to other health problems.
Non-GMO products promote sustainable agriculture by reducing the use of pesticides and preserving biodiversity. This is because non-GMO farming practices rely on natural methods of pest control and crop rotation, which help to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
Choosing non-GMO food products supports local farmers and the community. It helps to create a demand for products that are produced using natural methods, which encourages farmers to grow crops and raise animals without relying on genetically modified organisms.
Let’s make the world a better place
If you're concerned about the health and environmental impacts of genetically modified organisms, then choosing non-GMO products is an easy way to make a positive difference. Here are some simple steps you can take:
- Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal on food products to ensure that they are free from genetically modified organisms.
- Buy organic products whenever possible, as they are also non-GMO and produced without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
- Support local farmers and farmers' markets, as they often use traditional, non-GMO farming methods to produce their food.
- Educate yourself and others about the benefits of non-GMO products and the potential risks associated with genetically modified organisms.
By choosing non-GMO products like Purple Plumeria’s compostable bags, you can make a positive impact on your health, the environment, and your community.