Greens Market's Position on GMOs
Based in our support for the consumers’ right to know the source of their food, Greens Market has made a commitment to a strict non-GMO purchasing policy for all food product (with a 1% allowance for cross-contamination), to take effect in 2015. We are working closely with our vendors, The Non-GMO Project and GE-Free BC to replace ingredients and inputs at risk of being from genetically modified sources.
We believe choosing organic is the first step in avoiding genetically modified foods. In the case of conventional ingredients at risk of being from GM sources we are seeking confirmation that no genetically modified ingredients are used in the manufacturing or processing of the product in question.
The Non-GMO Project: www.nongmoproject.org
GE-Free BC: gefreebc.wordpress.com/
Non-GMO Month: www.nongmomonth.org
What are GMOs?
Genetic modification (GM) is recombinant DNA technology, also called genetic engineering or GE. With genetic engineering scientists can change plants or animals at the molecular level by inserting genes or DNA segments from other organisms. Unlike conventional breeding and hybridization, the process of genetic engineering enables the direct transfer of genes between different species or kingdoms that would not breed in nature.
Are GMO foods safe to eat?
We don’t know what, if any, impacts GM foods could have on our health. There are many unanswered safety questions.
Many scientists warn that:
The process of genetic engineering could create new allergens.
Foreign DNA may be able to survive in the human gut.
Animal feeding studies indicate liver and kidney problems.
GM foods are approved for human consumption based on company-produced science. The data is secret and is not peer-reviewed by independent scientists. Health Canada does not do its own testing. There is no mandatory labeling in Canada, and no tracking or monitoring of possible health impacts. Click here for more information on human health questions.
What are the environmental risks
Once GM plants are released into the environment they cannot be controlled or recalled. Genetic pollution is irreversible living pollution that self-replicates. Contamination of other plants is a major problem because the genes from any crop can move, via seed and pollen flow. GM crops are resulting in increased pesticide use, herbicide tolerant weeds, and the expansion of industrial farming. Click here for more information on environmental impacts.