Letter From The Iselys: October

Image of Fall Leaves

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers… look at these maple branches. Don't they give you a thrill—several thrills?" – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Yes, Anne with an “e,” the brilliant colors of October do give us “several thrills” indeed! Another thing giving us thrills about October is that its Non-GMO Month, which means we get to talk about our favorite subject: good4u food! Organic food is always non-GMO, but we think curious minds, like Anne’s, may sometimes wonder how, exactly, that is accomplished. So, in celebration of Non-GMO Month, we’re going to highlight some of the ways organic standards ensure the integrity of our food. 

  1. NO, NEVER, JUST NO. This is the simple, black and white starting point: GMOs are never allowed in organic products, and every input, from flavor to processing aids, must be verified non-GMO. 
  2. GIVE ME SPACE. Organic farmers create buffer zones between their cropland and surrounding areas. They must have enough physical space and barriers to prevent GMO contamination from other farms through air or groundwater. 
  3. NOT HERE TO MINGLE. After harvest, organic ingredients must be kept separate from any potential contaminants during receiving, processing, storing and shipping.
  4. SHOW ME. Every certified organic operation must have an organic systems plan to prove that adequate practices are in place to prevent contamination and meet organic standards. Operations are inspected at least once a year, by third-party accredited inspectors. 
  5. THIS IS SERIOUS. If routine testing or inspections suggest the possibility of GMOs, the responsible parties face corrective measures. This can mean financial penalties in addition to potential de-certification.  There’s so much at stake for organic farmers and processors that it isn’t in anyone’s best interest to cut corners. 

Understanding how the integrity of organic food is maintained every step of its journey to our table helps our family relax and think about other things, like planning our Halloween costumes and stocking up on organic treats for the tricksters. Just remember, if you’re doing some nonGMO treat shopping and organic isn’t an option, look for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal.  And hey, while you’re at it, we hope you get “several thrills” out of October! 

P.S. Have you heard that our entire bulk department is non-GMO? And have you tried the latest goodies from our organic house brand? It’s good stuff, and of course, non-GMO!

The Isely Family

Letter From The Iselys: October