While it’s not required to label GMOs in the United States, you have likely come across the Non-GMO Project Verified label on feed bags or foods in the grocery store. The Non-GMO Project, which is a nonprofit, certifies these products, while third-party inspectors verify and audit specific “high-risk” goods in the production facility.
Besides the certification and label, what is actually the difference between GMO and non-GMO foods?
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are developed differently than non-GMO products. Unlike naturally developed organisms, GMOs’ genetic materials have been modified or altered in some way. Most of the time, genetic engineering happens by transferring individual genes from one organism into another. This artificial manipulation occurs in a laboratory and typically involves crops such as soybeans or corn.
The reasons for genetic engineering organisms can vary, but one of the most common ones is for producing pest-resistant crops. Instead of farmers having to apply insecticides or herbicides to their crops, GMO crops can withstand these threats on their own.
Another common reason for genetic modification is for growing crops that produce a higher nutritional value and yield. Without the threat of certain bacteria and viruses, crops can grow healthier and deliver more nutritional value to the consumer.
Because the practice of genetically modifying organisms is still relatively new, there isn’t a significant number of long-term studies proving how safe GMOs are for both people and animals.
However, there are several benefits of genetically modifying organisms, such as:
For those opting to avoid GMOs, the Non-GMO Project has made it easy to identify which products are free from genetic modification or alteration. For a product to have the Non-GMO Project Verified label on it, it must undergo verification programs and meet specific guidelines.
At Nature’s Best Organic Feeds, we’ve been producing feed the way nature intended for over 70 years. As the leading certified organic feed manufacturer here in the United States, we take pride in offering Non-GMO Project-Verified feed made without synthetic growth hormones, medications or animal by-products.
Our feed is also carefully formulated by nutrition experts, so you can feel good about what you are feeding your barnyard animals. By regularly testing our grain, we ensure our feed is organic, healthy and made with ingredients you could eat yourself.
With options ranging from bagged feed to bulk quantities, Nature’s Best Organic Feeds has made it easy for you to find the Non-GMO Project Verified feed you’ve been looking for. Whether you need to feed goats, chickens, ducks or other farm animals, we can cover your needs.
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