New Leaf Community Markets are full-service natural food stores specializing in local and organic products.

Understanding GMOs

What are GMOs?
GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating
combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

How common are GMOs?
In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food.  Under current FDA regulations, food producers are not required to label GMO ingredients.
Click here for a current list of GMO High Risk Crops

A third party organization, the Non-GMO Project, verifies whether products contain any GMOs. New Leaf Community Markets is a proud retail supporter of the Non-GMO Project, clearly labeling products in our stores that have been verified with the blue "Non GMO Project Verified" shelf tags.

What is the NON GMO Project and what does it do?

The Non-GMO Project is an initiative of the North American organic and natural product industry to create a standardized definition of non-GMO and a 3rd party verification program to assess product compliance with this standard. The Project’s Product Verification Program is entirely voluntary, and participants are companies who see the value of offering their customers a verified non-GMO choice.

The Non-GMO Seal
To help shop GMO-free, look for this seal from the Non-GMO Project. The seal verifies that a product has been produced
according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including testing of risk ingredients. It is not a guarantee that the product is 100% GMO free but it does indicate that the ingredients are below 0.9% GMO.

Also, Certified Organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients.  According to the Non-GMO Project " Choosing products that are Certified Organic AND Non-GMO Project Verified is the best way to make sure you are getting the safest, healthiest, highest-quality food for your family."

You can easily find many options in our store by looking for the GREEN organic tags. 

We encourage you to learn more about GMOs:

Non-GMO Shopping Guide – Learn how to shop GMO Free with this helpful website and phone APP provided by the Institute For Responsible Technology.

For all the most up to date information on the Non-GMO Movement follow us on Facebook.

October is Non-GMO Month

During the month of October we celebrate Non-GMO month with free educational lectures, store tours and a 5%
Community Day benefiting the Non-GMO Project. In 2012 we donated nearly $20,000 to support The Non-GMO Project and Prop 37.

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