What foods are GMO or contain GMOs? This question is difficult to answer. Since the mid-1990s, GMO has referred to an organism which has been modified to include genes from another species. Take insect-resistant corn as an example: soil bacterium genes have been inserted, turning the GMO corn itself into a pesticide.
In a new generation of genetic modification, often called GMO 2.0, genes within a single species are edited, deleted, silenced, or even generated by computers. Synthetic biology—one version of GMO 2.0—involves manipulating algae, bacteria, and yeast cells to manufacture compounds originally derived from plants or animals. CRISPR, one such GMO technique, employs laboratory precision to edit and delete genes at an astonishing pace. What once took decades of observation and trait selection performed by farmers in the field has been reduced to just weeks at the hands of engineers in the lab. Meatier pigs, milk derived from yeast, and non-browning mushrooms and apples are a few of the gene-edited foods that consumers face finding on their plate. Pick up “A Shopper’s Guide to GMOs” at New Morning Market to learn more.
Most Americans want these products identified, and with good reason. The scientific community worldwide hasn’t reached consensus around environmental impacts or food safety and GMOs—even though both GMO crops and synthetic biology have been greenlighted in food production. Concerned about regulatory efforts? Join us in asking the FDA to redact their recent approval of heme in the Impossible Burger and call for independent testing! Sign on with the Center for Food Safety today at centerforfoodsafety.org.
At New Morning Market, we are committed to offering food that is free of GMOs. We’re a supporting retailer of the Non-GMO Project: an independent third-party verifier which tests for GMO presence in over 50,000 products, from baby food to body care. Look for their certification label on products throughout New Morning, with many on sale for Non-GMO Month!