Shopping Non-GMO

Tomiko Peirano

Tomiko Peirano › Tomiko has amassed decades of experience in the food industry, from her family's restaurant in Oregon's ...


So what's the big deal with GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and genetically modified food?

Well, the whole notion is relatively new and extremely scary. We don't fully understand the health impacts of consuming genetically modified foods, but early studies have already produced very alarming results

Here's another tasty tid-bit: GMOs are widely used in processed foods, but you wouldn't know it because there are no laws as of yet requiring statement of that fact in food packaging or labeling!

You might not mind if your favorite tortilla chip is made with genetically modified corn, but if you DO mind – your choice in the matter is severely hampered by current food label regulations… or lack thereof.

So, until we have GMO labeling in place (should that happy day ever come), what's a conscientious shopper to do?

Arm yourself with information to make the best food choices you can and is a tremendous online resource to help you do just that.

You can:

(See the image above? That's the Non-GMO Verified seal. Memorize that cutie and look for it every time you step into a supermarket.)

And that's just a tiny taste of the great information you'll find on the site.

There's even a FREE app, to help keep all this great information at your fingertips. 

Here are a few all-star examples of genetic modifications to date for, ya know, fun and nightmares:

  • Arctic fish genes gave tomatoes and strawberries tolerance to frost.
  • Potatoes that glowed in the dark when they needed watering.
  • Rice engineered with human genes (Applied Phytologics)
  • Corn engineered with hepatitis virus genes (Prodigene)


I don't know about you, but I could really go for some hepatitis on the cob.

Do you already use the Non-GMO seal or guide when you shop? How has it affected your buying and eating habits?