IMPORTANT Information About Non-GMO Food

Written by Max Goldberg on April 14, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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Before I begin this post, let me be clear about one thing. I am very, very against GMOs.

I write about the tremendous health risks of GMOs, hold fundraisers to help get GMOs labeled, am a member of the Just Label It! campaign, participate in GMO Right to Know marches, and discuss how GMOs contribute to the toxicity of our water supply.

Most importantly, I do not consume GMOs nor purchase products that contain them.

GMOs are receiving a tremendous amount of attention these days, especially with Whole Foods’ recent announcement that all GMOs in their stores will be labeled by 2018.

All this being said, it is incredibly important that you understand one thing. Non-GMO is not the same, or as good, as organic.

And in my view, it is not even close.

Non-GMO means there are no GMOs. What it doesn’t mean is that it is free from all of the toxic pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides that are sprayed on conventionally-grown crops.

Organic does not allow GMOs nor does organic allow all of the toxic pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides that are sprayed on conventionally-grown crops.

The use of chemicals on crops is very meaningful and should be of real concern to you. Why?

Just look at the cancer rates in this country.

According to the President’s Cancer Panel, 41% of the U.S. population is expected to get cancer and 21% of the U.S. population is expected to die of cancer.

Despite what the chemical industry would like us to believe – that chemicals are safe – the President’s Cancer Panel says otherwise.

In its report, the Panel said that it was “particularly concerned to find that the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated. With nearly 80,000 chemicals on the market in the United States, many of which are used by millions of Americans in their daily lives and are un- or understudied and largely unregulated, exposure to potential environmental carcinogens is widespread.”

Additionally, in its recently released report, The American Academy of Pediatrics also believes that pesticides pose a grave danger to children.

The report says that “acute poisoning risks (from pesticides) are clear, and the understanding of chronic health implications from both acute and chronic exposure are emerging. Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems. Related animal toxicology studies provide supportive biological plausibility for these findings.”

One recommendation made by the President’s Cancer Panel is to choose “food grown without pesticides.”

So, the next time you go shopping or are at a restaurant and someone tries to convince you that a food is perfectly fine to eat because it is non-GMO, you can now ask that person “yes, but is it organic?”

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A few quick things to point out.

1) If your only choice is Non-GMO or conventional, definitely purchase Non-GMO.

2) The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) prohibits the use of GMOs, but the NOP does not do field testing just yet. Therefore, certified organic crops may be contaminated by GMOs from either the wind or bees. (GMOs are so widespread that there is virtually nothing that is 100% GMO-free.)

There is an organization called The Non-GMO Project, which does field testing and certifies products to be GMO-free (99.1% GMO-free). I will discuss the Non-GMO Project very soon.

If you can buy a product that is both USDA certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, that is the best of both worlds.

3) There is a MUST-READ article in The New York Times talks about how industrial chemicals do not have to be tested before they go onto the market. Click HERE to read it.

This is just more proof that you need to be buying “clean”, chemical-free shampoos, soaps, and home cleaning products.

The only product that I use to clean my entire apartment – kitchen, bathroom, etc. – is Vermont Soap Organics Liquid Sunshine. It is amazing and super-strong.

I know that I talk about Vermont Soap Organics a lot, but these are the products that I use and purchase with my own money. That’s how highly I think of them.

Plus, I know the owner of the company personally and he is someone that I trust completely.

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13 Comments

  1. But couldn’t someone who is raising produce be using non-GMO seeds, even if they aren’t spraying pesticides? It was my understanding that just because it’s certified organic doesn’t mean it’s non-GMO. Or is that not correct?

    Thanks!

    Written by Tracy | Screaming Sardine on April 14, 2013 @ 6:12 pm
  2. Do you mix the Vermont Soap Organics concentrate with water in a spray bottle, or use it directly to clean? I am looking for a better cleaner and to simplify all of the cleaning products I have.

    Written by Courtney @ FamilyGoneHealthy on April 14, 2013 @ 10:25 pm
  3. Hi Tracy,

    A farmer could be using non-GMO seeds and not be spraying the crops with pesticides. Yet, they are allowed to do so. And there is no way for the consumer shopping in the supermarket to know that it has not been sprayed with pesticides.

    Certified organic products are not allowed to use GMOs.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 15, 2013 @ 12:28 pm
  4. Hi Courtney,

    Yes, I dilute it in water and use it for everything. However, you can use it directly on the surfaces as well. This product rocks!!!!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 15, 2013 @ 12:29 pm
  5. Thank you for the article, Max; it’s clear, direct, and to the point. Keep speaking out.

    Written by Michael Little on April 19, 2013 @ 1:09 pm
  6. Hi Michael,

    I appreciate the feedback!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 19, 2013 @ 11:37 pm
  7. Hi, Max –

    Thanks so much for your response. I didn’t know that certified organic also meant non-GMO. Good to know!

    Written by Tracy | Screaming Sardine on April 21, 2013 @ 3:37 pm
  8. Hi Tracy,

    Yes, it does. And please spread the word, so others know as well!

    Thanks!
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 29, 2013 @ 1:58 pm
  9. Organic does not mean GMO or pesticide free or even safe. Always read the label regardless of the claims the package makes. For example, a few months ago I was at the organic market and saw some USDA organic chocolate cookies. I was reading the label and the last ingredient was soy lecithin. Soy lecithin is allowed to be GMO in organic foods. Why? Because the Monsanto-run USDA made a rule saying that (Since it is hard to find organic soy lecithin) Companies may use coventional soy lecithin in organic foods if less than 5% of the food would be non-organic. And even organic soy lecithin is still dangerous. Soy lecithin deprives red blood cells of oxygen and should not be food.

    Written by Gwen on September 2, 2013 @ 10:08 am
  10. Hi Gwen,

    What you are saying is incorrect. Nowhere in the USDA’s National Organic Program regulations does it say that soy, or anything under or above the 5% threshold, can be GMO. The regulations are very clear and say that GMOs in organic are not allowed. (When it comes to contamination, this is a whole separate issue.)

    When it comes to soy lecithin, the regulations say this.

    Non-organic de-oiled lecithin may be used only when an organic form of de-oiled lecithin is not commercially available.

    While one may interpret this as non-organic soy being the same as GM-soy since such a large percentage of soy in the U.S. is GM, the regulations do not say that GM-soy is allowed. Furthermore, non-GMO, non-organic soy does exist.

    Additionally, you say that “companies may use conventional soy lecithin in organic foods if less than 5% of the food would be non-organic.” Again, this is not correct.

    First, conventional de-oiled soy lecithin may only be used only if an an organic form of de-oiled lecithin is not commercially available. Second, there is another form of soy lecithin – fluid – but this must be organic.

    Thanks for your comment.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on September 2, 2013 @ 9:17 pm
  11. Great article Max .
    Do you trust a brand that label says “Organic” or Non-Gmo but doesn’t have the certificates? There is there a chance that small brands can’t afford to pay for the organic and non gmo labels?

    Written by Claire on October 29, 2013 @ 3:22 pm
  12. Hi Claire,

    Unless the brand is generating less than $5,000 per year, a product cannot use “organic” on its packaging unless it is certified organic. Otherwise, that is illegal.

    In terms of non-GMO, there is no enforcement regarding non-GMO labeling. Unless a product has the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, we can’t say for sure whether it is non-gmo or not.

    If it doesn’t have this seal, look at the ingredients. If it doesn’t have corn, soy, canola oil, sugar beets (anything except 100% cane sugar), or cottonseed oil, there is a good chance that it is not GMO. These are the most high-risk GM-ingredients.

    I hope this helps.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on October 29, 2013 @ 3:58 pm
  13. Folks,

    The BEST thing you can do is PRAY OVER YOUR FOOD! There is a LOT of evil and deception out here and the only one I can trust is GOD. Pray that your food and your household are free from any pollutants, dust, bacteria, mold and any man-made organisms (and here is the most important part of this prayer), IN JESUS NAME!

    Written by Marcus Johnson on October 30, 2013 @ 8:39 am

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