Happy Non-GMO Halloween!

As we break out our witches brooms and ghoulish garb, many are taking a second look at Halloween and considering healthier options. If you’re looking to avoid GMOs in the food you and your family eat, the standard fare of trick-or-treating is worth revisiting. According to the Non-GMO Project, an estimated 80% of conventional processed foods contain GMOs.

What is a GMO
We hear this word all the time, but what is it really?  According to the Non-GMO Project, a GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

Are GMOs Safe?
There are currently no credible independent long-term studies to validate the safety of GMOs. However many consumers are concerned about the growing usage of GMOs and are opting out of the GMO experiment.

GMOs and the Environment
The Non-GMO project states that more than 80% of all genetically modified crops grown worldwide have been engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, the use of toxic herbicides, such as Roundup®, has increased fifteenfold since GMOs were first introduced. In March 2015, the World Health Organization determined that the herbicide glyphosate (the key ingredient in Roundup®) is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Genetically modified crops also are responsible for the emergence of “superweeds” and “superbugs,” which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons such as 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange).

Non-GMO for Halloween
Check out the top 10 GMO ingredients to lookout for this Halloween:

  1. Sugar (GMO sugar beets)
  2. High fructose corn syrup (GMO corn)
  3. Corn starch (GMO corn)
  4. Soy lecithin (GMO soy)
  5. Soybean oil (GMO soy)
  6. Modified food starch (GMO corn)
  7. Fructose, dextrose, glucose (GMO corn)
  8. Cottonseed oil (GMO cotton)
  9. Canola oil (GMO canola)
  10. “Other” ingredients: isolates, isoflavones, food  starch, vegetable oil

Non-GMO Treats
The simplest way to avoid GMOs for Halloween is to buy Certified Organic or look for the Non-GMO Project Butterfly.  Here are a few of our favorite Verified Non-GMO treats.

  • Endangered Species Chocolate
  • Barkthins
  • Hail Mary Candies and Treats
  • Kind Bars
  • Annie’s Bunny Grahams
  • Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks
  • Boom Chicka Pop
  • Justin’s Organic Nut Butter Cups
  • Bobo Oat Bars
  • Gin Gins

Don’t see your favorites on the list? You can easily check out products for yourself!  Simply follow this link to search for Non-GMO Project verified items. https://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/verified-products/

You can also download their Shopping Guide Ap!  With the Ap, you can scan barcodes and search an up-to-date list of products that have been verified through the Non-GMO Project’s Verification Program.  Follow the links at the bottom of this page to download: https://livingnongmo.org/

However you celebrate this Halloween, we’re wishing you a safe and frighteningly fun celebration!