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October 29, 2015
October is a month for GMO awareness!
Since 2010, October has been designated GMO Awareness month by a number of health-conscious organizations in the United States and beyond. Why is this important, you might ask? The process of genetic modification introduces new genes into food and plants thereby changing its DNA. There is debate among health and food professionals about the short and long term impact that those changes have, and many people believe that the changes cause significant negative impact on the food supply chain and on our bodies.
The non-GMO movement is an attempt to educate consumers about the various risks associated with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and to respond to the increasing world-wide demand for foods free of GMOs.
Where do genetically modified crops grow? The answer is most everywhere. GMOs can be found in corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa, zucchini, apples and potatoes — almost everything that can come to our plates! How crops are grown also have a bearing on GMO contamination because pesticides and other chemicals can alter the DNA of reproducing organisms.
What steps can be taken by the consumer? First, look for non-GMO verified products (like ours!) which are marked by the official non-GMO logo (shown here). You can visit www.nongmoproject.org for lots more information, too. Next, shop for locally grown, gmo free, and organic products whenever you can. All of these will help you avoid foods that are potentially harmful for you and your family. Most important, however, is being an advocate of non-GMO in your schools, workplaces and homes. Educate your family and be aware of the health benefits of non-GMO products. Most physicians would agree that we are what we eat, and our overall health is supported by a good diet, healthy foods and lots of activity.
How does a cookie company get involved in this important movement? We support the non-GMO verification process in our entire product line. Every single ingredient we use is certified to be free of GMOs. That’s what allows us to print the non-GMO Project label on every package of Crunch cookies we produce. Our commitment to this project began with our first batch and continues to this day, many thousands of batches from our beginning. We take this very seriously along with baking the highest quality products we can.
Today, Fancypants Baking Co. is a leader in this endeavor. Bite, Crunch and Repeat is a favorite saying at our family-run business. Our loyal customers know that we provide the very best non-GMO cookies for their enjoyment. Life can be more fun with cookies for sure, but keeping our commitment to baking safe, delicious foods is a pledge we make every day of the week! Thanks for supporting this valuable mission.
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