"We have the right to know what is in our food."

What are GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)?

Genetically Modified Organisms, called GMOs, are plants or animals with cells that scientists have altered genetically. They do this by inserting a gene from one organism into another similar organism—or between non-related species. The idea is to develop new plants or animals with specific desired traits and then grow them as food.

While GMO proponents say their goal is to increase nutritional benefits or productivity, the two main traits that have been added to date are herbicide tolerance and the ability of the plant to produce its own pesticide. These results have no health benefits, only economic benefits to the companies that produce them, at the cost of significant negative consequences. 

Genetic modification produces results that otherwise would not appear in nature. Down to Earth is opposed to the development of products containing GMOs because we believe they may pose health, safety, and other potential risks that far outweigh the purported benefits.

 

Down to Earth’s Long-Term Goal is to be:
All-Organic & GMO-Free

Down to Earth was voted one of the “Top Ten Right-to-Know” grocers in the Southwest by the Organic Consumers Association

As we move towards our long-term goal to be all-organic and GMO-free, we give priority to organic and Non-GMO Project Verified products in our purchasing decisions, and we are gradually eliminating products that contain GMOs. Unfortunately, we are unaware of any grocery store in the USA that can claim to be GMO-free, though we are hopeful that one day, many stores, including Down to Earth, will be able to make that claim. Toward this end, we:

  • Avoid purchasing any new food products that may contain GMOs
  • Do not sell single-ingredient GMO foods (including papaya, corn, soy, canola or sugar produced from GMO sugar beets)  
  • Encourage our suppliers to become Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Actively support organic and sustainable farming methods
  • Advocate for the consumer’s “right-to- know,” including labeling of products that contain GMOs
  • Educate and communicate about the economic, social, health, and environmental impacts of GMOs

Learn more about GMOs, why you should be concerned, and what you can do about it by clicking the links below.

Non-GMO Project

Non-GMO Project Verified

Down to Earth, along with the natural products industry, strongly supports the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project provides manufacturers with the "Non-GMO Project Verified" seal pictured above, which is backed by independent testing. The “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal means that GMO contamination has been avoided throughout the growth and harvesting of crops, their processing, storage and packaging. As of October 2016, there are nearly 2,700 brands in the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program, and more than 36,000 products that have been Verified to their rigorous standard. Collectively, these products represent more than $16 billion in annual sales. As increasing numbers of manufacturers include the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal on their packaging, you will see more and more of the verified products on our shelves. Consumers have the right to choose what foods to eat and feed their families. This Non-GMO logo enables consumers to exercise this right. Learn more about the Non-GMO Project and this seal

The True Food Shoppers’ Guide to Avoiding GMOs

Photo: Shopping Cart Filled with Food

Available as download to your PC or mobile phone!

Download the NEW True Food Shopper’s Guide to avoiding GE foods, updated for 2013, or get the True Food Shoppers Guide mobile application for iPhone and Android!

The mobile app was created to help you find and avoid GE ingredients wherever you shop. Our guide gives you valuable information on common GE ingredients, brands to look for, and look out for, and common sense tips to keep you in the know. Stop shopping in the dark and download your new pocket shoppers’ guide today! Check out this video review of the app on livingmaxwell.com. Learn more about the True Shoppers Guide