We’re so excited to announce that Florida Greek Guy’s seasoning blends are Non-GMO Project Verified!
But, what the heck does that mean and why does it matter?
Let’s start with the basics. What is GMO? Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms whose genetic make-up (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally – such as in a laboratory. The result is combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and virus genes that do not occur naturally or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
Most GMOs are created to either withstand the direct application of an herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. However, new technologies are now being used to artificially develop other traits in plants – such as engineering apples that are resistant to browning – and to create new organisms using synthetic biology.
The kicker about GMOs is that there is no evidence that they provide benefits to consumers or farmers. What we do know is that there’s a growing body of evidence that connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage, and violations of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
Because of the absence of credible independent long-term feeding studies, the safety of GMOs is unknown. Around the world, there’s a growing trend to opt out of the GMO experiment. More than 60 countries – including Australia, Japan and all members of the EU – require GMOs to be labeled. There are 300 regions globally that take it a step farther and have an outright ban on growing GMOs. In the US, the non-GMO trend is catching on too. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently proposed new rules and requirements for GMO labeling. And Whole Foods Market has been a pioneer among grocery store chains committed to GMO transparency.
While you might not necessarily think of seasoning blends as being GMO, there are dozens of packaged foods (including flavorings and condiments) that include ingredients that are genetically modified. These GMOs sneak into food in the form of processed crop derivatives and inputs derived from other forms of genetic engineering, such as synthetic biology. Simply put, foods that are commonly GMO (such as corn and soy) often end up in what appear to be unrelated packaged foods. In fact, 70% of packaged foods contain GMOs.
At Florida Greek Guy, it’s not that we’re trying to be trendy, and we haven’t changed our seasoning blends. We are simply committed to providing the highest quality ingredients in our seasonings. So, for the same reason that our blends have always been void of fillers and MSG – using non-GMOs just follows suit.
The only difference since our verification? We now proudly wear our new non-GMO badge on our labels.