We are unaware of any grocery store in the country that can claim to be free of any food items containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Avoiding GMOs is difficult as they are not currently required to be disclosed on product labels.
Down to Earth’s long-term goal is to be all-organic & GMO-free. As we move towards our long-term goal to be all-organic and GMO-free, we give priority to organic and Non-GMO Project Verified products in our purchasing decisions, and are gradually eliminating products that contain GMOs. Unfortunately, we are unaware of any grocery store in the USA that can claim to be GMO-free, though we are hopeful that one day, many stores, including Down to Earth, will be able to make that claim. Toward this end, we:
- Avoid purchasing any new food products that may contain GMOs
- Do not sell single ingredient GMO foods (including papaya, corn, soy, canola or sugar produced from GMO sugar beets)
- Encourage our suppliers to become Non-GMO Project Verified
- Require that by 2018 all products sold in our stores containing GMO ingredients be labeled
- Actively support organic and sustainable farming methods
- Advocate for the consumer’s “right-to- know,” including labeling of products that contain GMOs
- Educate and communicate about the economic, social, health, and environmental impacts of GMOs
We are committed to supporting the Non-GMO Project, the first independent, third-party certifier in the U.S.A. to verify non-GMO claims by independent testing and verification of practices to avoid misidentification and contamination. Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal issued by the Non-GMO Project:
Thousands of products now carry the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. As manufacturers increasingly add this seal to their packaging, you will see more and more of these verified products on our shelves.
We require non-GMO verification for any new item with a potential major GMO ingredient such as corn, soy, canola or sugar made from sugar beets. We encourage all manufacturers making a non-GMO claim to verify that claim with the Non-GMO Project and to label their products accordingly.
Another way to avoid GMOs is to choose organic foods, GMOs are not allowed under the National Organic Program.
To learn more about GMOs and our Non-GMO Policy visit Label GMOs.