Almost 50 European and developing countries around the globe require GMOs to be labeled. But not the United States; the FDA simply doesn’t call for products containing GMOs to be labeled. Taking the opposite approach, the Non-GMO Project, www.nongmoproject.org, lets consumers know which products don’t contain GMOs. (The FDA is currently mulling over petitions from consumers and legislators demanding GMO labeling. If you haven’t yet done so, add your name. www.justlabelit.org)

The Non-GMO Project offers a verification seal that indicates the product bearing the seal has gone through its lengthy verification process to ensure the product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance.

“We basically decided that if our government isn’t going to require mandatory labeling, we can at least label the foods that are produced without GMOs and give consumers an informed choice,” says Megan Westgate, executive director of the organization.

“We have a team of technical consultants who work with our participating companies,” Westgate explains. “We start with a full ingredient audit and, if they have high-risk products, an on-site inspection. We require for any high-risk ingredient going into a product—anything that’s derived from corn, soy, cotton, canola, and so on—that there is ongoing testing in place.”

To read the inspiring story about how this unique organization came to be, visit http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/a-food-supply-safe-from-gmos/.