October is Non-GMO Month! Wait, What?

I’ll start off this post with a disclaimer of sorts. Although I went to school and spent a lot of time and money becoming a Registered Dietitian, I definitely don’t consider myself an expert on absolutely everything. I do love research though and appreciate topics on the “fringe.” By “fringe,” I mean up and coming research that doesn’t quite have the traction to make large, sweeping claims. There are definitely people out there who take a more demanding approach (*cough* FoodBabe), but I’m not one of them.

Non GMO Project

Earlier this month, I was asked to do a segment on National Non-GMO Month and Qrunch Foods as part of a local, radio show here in Phoenix called Valley Focus. I jumped at the chance because it meant the show would air on one of my favorite radio stations, 93.3 ALT-AZ. My destination on the radio for goodies like Radiohead, Coldplay, and The Black Keys…among others.

So, Non-GMO Month! This celebration was created by the National Non-GMO Project as a way to educate consumers about what GMO stands for and showcase the brands committed to being free of genetically altered ingredients. This is a touchy and confusing subject for many people! There’s good and bad, and personally, I’m still trying to figure out where I stand. A few years back, the state of California tried but failed at passing mandatory labels for all GMO-containing foods. The rest of the country was like, umm, GMO? We’re just trying to keep our costs down and get to work each day!

My segment originally aired Sunday, October 18th, but I have the recording (above) just for you. Give it a listen, and let me know your thoughts! If you’d like to learn more about the Non-GMO Project, check out www.nongmorproject.org. You can also find many products with the Non-GMO label (above) on many brands like Whole Foods 365, Annie’s Naturals (bunnies!), Amy’s Kitchen, and Qrunch Foods (quinoa burgers!)

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