There is good news for anti-genetically modified food advocates this week with the first company in Canada voluntarily choosing to feature a new GMO free certification. The Non-GMO Project labeling system will appear on Vancouver-based Nature’s Path Organics products, signaling that their products contain less than 1% genetically engineered organisms or derivatives.
The Non-GMO Project is a joint project of several natural and whole food retailers in both Canada and the USA, including Nature's Path and Whole Foods. The non-profit collaborative project of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers and seed companies offer “North America’s first consensus-based Standard, third-party Product Verification Program, and uniform Seal for products made following best practices of GMO avoidance”.
Canada’s road to GMO labeling has been somewhat tumultuous with various governments ignoring consumers agitating for clear labeling of genetically modified ingredients and foods. It will come as no surprise that America and Canada are the largest producers of genetically engineered crops in the world and their governments are some of the biggest opponents to genetically engineered food labeling systems. However, the European Union, Australia, Russian and Japan all require that genetically engineered foods are identified to consumers.
Via Vancouver Sun