One of the most difficult things I have encountered since I began the quest to feed my family non-GMO foods was where to find it. The local grocer in a small town is a difficult place to shop for such items, and we have found that even some of the organic foods are GMO. Fortunately or otherwise, both myself and our son have a very specific reaction to GMO foods and we have experienced it from eating some of the organic produce. I have dreams of growing a sustainable heirloom garden but that is another website entirely!
In developing this website, I spend a considerable amount of time verifying is products truly are non-GMO before I consider a recommendation under each of the food categories.
One of the best ways to tell if a food is non-GMO is to look for the non-GMO Verified seal. However, there are a number of companies that promote their products as non-GMO and are not non-GMO verified, yet we have been able to consume them without problem. Non-GMO verified is a wonderful tool but it is not an entirely comprehensive list.
Another way to tell is to look at the number on the sticker of the item, though this is not always foolproof because organics can be GMO. The numbering differentiation is as follows:
- 4 digits means it is conventionally grown
- 5 digits beginning with 9 means is it organic
- 5 digits beginning with 8 means it is GM
Check out my blog categories on the home page as well, I have shared some links to specific businesses that will help point you in the right direction!