Take A Stand Against GMO’s
By New Chapter Health Writers
What are GMO’s?
term GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) is most commonly used to
reference crop plants which have been modified through the gene-splicing
techniques of biotechnology. This controversial science allows DNA from
one species to be injected into another species in the confines of a
laboratory, creating new combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and
viral genes that do not occur in Nature.
Are GMO’s Considered Safe?
Depends who you ask! All across the globe, environmental activists,
public interest groups, and socially-conscious consumers find the lack
of independent scientific research on the impact of genetically modified
foods to be cause for concern. In Japan, Australia, and all of the
countries in the European Union, there are considerable restrictions or
outright bans on the production of GMO’s because they are not considered
proven safe. However, here in the United States, such foods are
regulated under the FDA’s Plant Biotechnology for Food and Feed and
Genetically Engineered Animals Policies. The FDA’s allowance of
commercial production of GMO’s is based upon studies conducted by the
companies who created them and profit from their sale, similar to the
system for new drug approvals.
New Chapter’s Commitment
New Chapter is the first vitamin and supplement company verified by
the Non- GMO Project. When the Non-GMO Project declared their charge —
to root out and eliminate GMO’s in food — we were the first company to
enroll our entire line of vitamins and herbal supplements for
verification. Enrolling all of our products in the Non-GMO Project
reflects our obedience to the best practices for GMO avoidance. It also
demonstrates our continuous commitment to deliver the Wisdom of Nature
in all our dietary supplements, with organic integrity and genetic
honesty. We are proud to be pioneer supporters of the Non-GMO Project.
New Chapter delivers the Wisdom of Nature in all
our dietary supplements with organic integrity and genetic honesty.
How do I know if the products I choose contain GMO’s?
There is currently no government-mandated labeling law to help
consumers make an educated choice. In response to consumer concern, and
with the initial goal of standardized labeling in mind, the Non-GMO
Project was formed by a group of committed independent natural foods
retailers. As the Project developed, it became clear that in order for
that goal to be possible, a third party verification program was
necessary, which would identify products compliant with a uniform,
consensus-based definition of Non-GMO. With the help of technical
consultants, Food Chain Global Advisors, and a dedicated group of
industry leaders, the Non-GMO Project has successfully created a
collaborative Non-GMO verification program. Working at every level of
the supply chain, all the way back to the seeds, the Project’s role is
to inspire and ensure viable Non-GMO alternatives long into the future.
What does “Non-GMO Project Verified” mean?
Products deemed compliant with the Non-GMO Project Standard are
eligible to bear the Non-GMO Project Seal. This verification mark
indicates that a product has been produced in accordance with the best
practices of the Non-GMO Project Standard, including the testing of risk
ingredients. The Non-GMO Project Standard is a consensus-based document
that has been crafted with the insight and expertise of dozens of
individuals, reflecting a dynamic range of perspectives. It’s important
to keep in mind that this is a scientific, process-based program,
requiring rigorous traceability practices to be followed to ensure GMO
avoidance in products.
What does this mean for New Chapter?
New Chapter is proud to proclaim that our multi-vitamins are the
first multi-vitamins to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification. As of this
writing, approximately 75% of our products are Non-GMO Project Verified.
New Chapter is the first and only vitamin and supplement company to have
achieved this extraordinary breadth of certification. We are
fundamentally committed to the goals of the Non-GMO Project and have
enrolled 100% of our products in the program. You can look it up at
New Chapter is proud to be the leading advocate
of the Non-GMO movement within the dietary supplement industry.
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