Thursday, February 3, 2011

Co-opportunity’s Stance on GMOs

Recent events, such as the USDA’s decision to completely deregulate Monsanto’s GE Alfalfa, have prompted many of our members to contact us with their concerns about genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) In an effort to provide as much information as possible on this important subject, we would like to fully articulate Co-opportunity’s stance on GMOs in our store.

We continually strive to offer you as many non GMO products as possible. Our vast selection of certified organic products, which by definition are free of GMOs, provides a plethora of GMO-free options. When making purchasing decisions, our preference is always for the certified organic products.

However, because crops aren't grown in plastic bubbles and their pollen gets blown around by the wind, it's increasingly difficult to know if non-organic products are GMO-free. In these instances, our first choice is to carry products with clear package labeling stating that the contents are “GMO Free” or “Non GMO”. When making your purchasing decisions, we recommend steering clear of processed foods, or foods that contain soy and/or corn if your goal is to avoid GMOs.

Thanks very much for your patience as we sort out this complicated issue and deal with the ramifications of the USDA’s decision. We appreciate your support and will do everything in our power to ensure you have the safest and healthiest choices possible.
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Blogger David Laurence Emerson said...

You write "Our vast selection of certified organic products, which by definition are free of GMOs [...]"

unfortunately this is not true.

While the National Organic Program (NOP) identifies genetic modification as an excluded method, GMOs are not a prohibited substance. This means that although GMO seeds are not supposed to be planted, and GMO ingredients are not supposed to be used, no testing is required under the NOP. With the majority of key crops like soy and corn being planted with GM varieties in North America, contamination of seeds and ingredients is a real risk, even for certified organic products.

testing for GMOs is not required, and in fact is extremely different from, and outside the scope of, organic certification.

I'd urge you all to support the non-GMO project, which is taking a very realistic approach to non-GMO certification.


February 16, 2011 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Co-opportunity said...


Thank you for your feedback. We will look into your suggestion and see how we can best incorporate the Non-GMO Project into our operations.

March 7, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was watching Planet Green and they were saying that there are now three categories of organic. The first is 100% organic. The second is 80% organic in which 80% of the product must be 100% organic and the other 20% can be non-organic but no gmo.Lastly there's 70% organic,
in which 70% must be 100% organic and the other 30% can contain gmo and non-organic.

Yea, read labels,know who's producing it. I recommend looking them up on the web to verify their integrity.

Rod H.

April 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM  

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