Position on GMOs


We are very concerned about the prevalence of GMO ingredients, and are avid supporters of the Non-GMO Project (Non-GMO Project).

Over the last few years, we have discontinued many items that contained GMO ingredients, and we continue to do this as more organic/non-GMO alternatives become available.  All of our corn and soy-based products (tortilla chips, tofu, etc.) are organic and/or non-GMO.

We are not bringing in any new items that contain GMO ingredients, and are encouraging all the companies we work with to seek organic certification and/or non-GMO verification.  We are continually reviewing the items that we carry, with the goal of discontinuing items that we believe to include GMOs whenever there is a non-GMO alternative available and at a comparable price.   As more items are verified by the Non-GMO Project, this process will be easier to implement.

It is our hope that as consumer awareness and demand for organic and GMO-free items grows, more companies will be influenced to take the steps to be certified organic and/or verified as GMO-free.   We encourage you to support this movement by purchasing items that are certified organic and verified as GMO-free.

We believe that we already have the cleanest product mix in the Washington DC / Baltimore metro area, and will continue to select only the best products available for our customers.

What is a GMO?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals created through the process of genetic engineering. This experimental technology forces DNA from one species into a different species. The resulting GMOs are unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional breeding. Almost all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

What crops are being genetically engineered?

Presently, the following crops are at a high risk for being genetically engineered:

  • Canola
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Sugar Beets
  • Alfalfa
  • Cotton
  • Papaya
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash

Why crops are being genetically engineered?

There are two main reasons GMOs are created:

The Non-GMO Project.

Non-GMO Project
In the United States, GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed foods. If you want to purchase foods that do not contain GMOs, look for items that contain the “Non-GMO Verified” seal.

Many companies realize that consumers want to know what they are eating, and have decided to voluntarily participate in the Non-GMO Project (www.nongmoproject.org). Products with this logo have gone through extensive testing and verification to ensure that there are no GMOs present.

The USDA Organic logo also assures consumers that GMO ingredients were not used. Products with both the USDA Organic logo and the Non-GMO Verified logo have gone through two levels of verification and are the best bet for consumers wanting to completely eliminate GMOs from their diet.

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