If you take a close look at our pouch, you might notice a new badge of honor: our Krauts are now officially certified as Non-GMO! Don’t worry, all of our Krauts are still being made with the same delicious, organic ingredients we have always used. So why all the fuss about a label?
Let’s back up for those of you who aren’t familiar with the Non-GMO movement. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism, and it refers to living things that have had their genetic material (DNA or RNA) deliberately manipulated in ways that would not happen naturally. There is a lot of concern out there that genetically engineered crops are harmful to the environment and to human health.
Many people (including us!) would like to know whether or not the food they buy in the store is made with GM ingredients. Right now, food companies in the US or Canada are not required to label GM products, despite the fact that nearly 80% of all processed foods in these countries contain GM ingredients, usually from corn or soy. Sixty other countries either require GM foods to be labeled or ban the use of GM ingredients all together.
Several US states, including our home state of California, have attempted to pass mandatory labeling laws for GM products that would enable consumers to make informed choices about buying GM foods. These efforts have been shot down by opposition groups funded by biotech companies like Monsanto, who profit by creating the GMOs. Just a few weeks ago, Congress introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, which would require all GM food ingredients to be labeled. The bill is winding it’s way through the legislation process, but will need a lot of grassroots support from people like you and me if it is to pass. Write your Congress people and ask them to support the HR 1699.
Regardless of whether Congress passes a law or not, many natural foods companies are taking it upon themselves to label ingredients now. We were ecstatic to hear that Whole Foods Markets will require all food products in their stores to label GMO ingredients by 2018. The Non-GMO Project, who has certified Farmhouse Culture, is a third-party verifier with a rigorous testing process, and we are proud to have their label on our packaging.