Non-GMO Project Verification
Many of our products are Non-GMO Project Verified. Below, you can find more information about GMOs and the verification process.
What is a GMO?
A GMO is a genetically modified organism.
What does that mean?
A GMO has genes that have been modified by scientific technology. The modifications are typically meant to make the organisms (typically plants) more resistant to pests and capable of producing more abundantly.
Are GMO’s dangerous?
Most health and food organizations have now concluded that GMOs are safe for animals and people. Nonetheless, many are concerned about the eventual side effects of producing and consuming GMOs. One concern is the possibility of environmental damage. Modified genes have the potential to flow from crops to other plants—such as weeds—and therefore transfer traits meant to aid the crops in resiliency. This could result in “superweeds” – weeds more resilient to common herbicides. In turn, farmers would have to alter their current, environmentally-safe options in order to get rid of the weeds.
What is Non-GMO Project Verification?
Non-GMO Project Verification follows a specific standard developed by dozens of experienced individuals with insight into the food industry and the science of genetic modification to determine whether a product can be labeled Non-GMO. According to its website, “The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. We believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.”
Why do people care?
There is a sense of comfort in Non-GMO products, because they are grown using more traditional farming methods. There is also a concern that people are not being given the facts about what is in their food. Regardless of the benefits or dangers of genetic modification, people feel the need to know what is in the food they consume. At Monte Bene, we believe you have the right to know what you are feeding yourself and your family. This is why we decided to go through the long process of Non-GMO verification in order to label our sauces. We believe you deserve the resources to make an informed decision about how you will nourish yourself and your family, and when we say farm fresh, we really mean it. To find all of our Non-GMO verified products, click here.
If you want to learn more about GMOs, as well as the arguments for and against the use of genetic modifications, here are some helpful resources: