Food labeling is one of the most controversial issues in the food industry today. It seems like everyday another certification appears, whether it be organic, free range, grass fed, gluten free, or vegan. Labels are meant to affect consumers choices. Some of these labels must be legally certified, while others are just terms with meanings attached to them. It can be difficult to discern their importance against our own value systems. “Non-GMO”, is one of the newer labeling trends we have seen crop up. We know that foods are never labeled “GMO” in the United States, so what does it mean when products say “Non-GMO”? Why do so many other countries have partial or full bands on the selling or cultivation of GMO crops and foods? Earlier this year, Whole Foods Market announced their commitment to full GMO transparency by the year 2018, making them the first large corporation to do so – the expectation being that any company who wants to sell it’s products in any of the Whole Foods stores must include labels to indicated whether their product contains GMOs. Tune-in to this week’s episode of HRN Prime, to learn more about GMO transparency, and how you can learn to pick out the best products at your local supermarket. Also learn about the non-GMO project, and how companies such as Peeled Snacks and Rt. 11 Potato Chips have been able to certify their products with the organization. This program has been sponsored by Cain Vineyard and Winery. Thanks to takstar for today’s music.

“We decided that the non-GMO verification was something that was the most meaningful.” [6:00]

Sarah Cohen of Rt. 11 Potato Chips on HRN Prime