New Leaf Community Markets’ Statement and Policy on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
New Leaf Community Markets has long been passionate about wholesome foods, building long-standing relationships with our local farmers and proudly supporting healthy causes. Over the past several years, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have become more prominent in our food supply, threatening the quality of food we offer our customers, as well as their health.
Under current FDA regulations, food producers are not required to label GMO ingredients. Products containing or derived from any of the following conventional (non-organic) ingredients: corn, soy, canola, cotton, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, sugar beets, zucchini and summer squash are at risk of being genetically modified. 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 a blue “Non-GMO Project Verified” shelf tag.
While the product selection provided at New Leaf Community Markets is not 100% free of GMOs, we are taking the following steps to minimize GMOs in our store:
• All products on our shelves that are genetically engineered, also called genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), must be labeled as such by 2018.
• As we look to place new products on our shelves, we give preference to products that are verified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project.
• We strongly encourage manufacturers of products making non-GMO claims, to have their products verified by the Non-GMO Project.
• We strongly encourage manufacturers of non-organic products already on our shelves, containing ingredients at risk to GMOs, to switch to either organic or non-GMO verified ingredients.
• We are actively seeking non-GMO products to replace or add to our product selection.
• Our New Leaf’s Own deli items use Imported Italian olive oil (never GMO) instead of canola oil (a GMO ingredient).
• Our meat department offers organic chicken, organic sausages and organic grass-fed beef options.
• Our juice bars, salad bars and delis use organic produce whenever possible.
• We source as many organic and Non-GMO certified products as possible.
• We only offer Non-GMO fresh produce in our produce department.
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.
We encourage you to learn more about GMOs here or by visiting www.nongmoproject.org. Here you will also find a current list of all non-GMO verified products.
Learn more ways to shop GMO free with our helpful hints.
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