||Visit our Special Diets Advanced Search to limit your candy to Non-GMO options. There you'll find two GMO search filters: GMO-Free (All) and GMO-Free (Certified). |
If you're wondering what the difference is between these two categories, or if you want to learn a little more about GMOs in general, read on!
Our GMO-Free (All) category includes all of the following: Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Organic, items that state on the package they are free of GMOs, items manufactured in other countries which require labeling of GMOs, some items for which the supplier has provided additional information regarding GMOs (which we will note on the product page).
Our GMO-Free (Certified) category is limited to: 1) Non-GMO Project Verified candy and 2) Certified Organic candy. NOTE: Certified Organic is a great way to identify Non-GMO products! Organic is not allowed to contain GMO ingredients.
We look forward to adding more GMO-free candy to our store as the Non-GMO movement progresses! (Or even better, we look forward to the day these filters are not necessary, because our food supply is GMO-free!)
What are GMOs?
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Using a technique called gene-splicing, this biotechnology combines genes from different species, including plants, animals, bacteria and/or viruses to produce desired characteristics. Most corn and soybeans, among other crops, are now grown from GMO seeds. Since so many food ingredients are derived from corn and soy, the majority of our processed food supply contains GMOs.
What's wrong with GMOs?
Increased use of agricultural chemicals Most GMOs grown today are designed to resist herbicides like Roundup so more chemicals can be applied without killing the food crop. This increases the chemical load in our environment and food supply.
Super weeds and super bugs With time, weeds can adapt to the higher levels of chemical use, developing a resistance to the original pesticides. These uncontrollable super weeds are such a serious problem that they're putting some farmers out of business.
Uncontrollable contamination You can't stop the wind from blowing. Unfortunately, GMO crops inevitably contaminate their neighbors with cross-pollination. The long term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.
Negative health effects Studies show that GMO foods can be toxic. While there aren't any long term human studies, animal studies point to a multitude of scary health effects caused by a GMO diet.
To learn more, visit the Non-GMO Project.
If you have a sweet tooth but are concerned about GMOs like we are, if you want to avoid consuming GMOs and avoid supporting their continued use in agriculture, then check out the Special Diets Advanced Search and select one of the GMO-Free filters to get your sweet fix with candy you can feel good about!