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Since 1984 when we opened our first store, Jimbo’s commitment and personal passion for organics has never wavered, as it is paramount to who we are. However, we now have another concern that we are equally passionate about. And this is the issue of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).
As an organization, we have taken a strong stance against GMOs, and a leadership role in the natural foods industry in trying to have products labeled as verified GMO-free. As such, we have decided to not bring in any new products that carry any at-risk GMO ingredients (see policy below). In doing this, we have refused a number of products that you might see at other natural food stores. While we understand that this may be an inconvenience to you, we hope you will also understand that we have made this decision with the welfare of you, your children (and mine!), and future generations in mind!
Jimbo’s…Naturally! Ingredient Standard:
Avoidance of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)
While we do not claim to be GMO-free, we are moving in that direction. Going forward, we will do our best to limit any products that contain GMOs. In that vein, we prohibit ingredients that are most likely to contain GMOs. Specifically, at this time and to the best of our ability, we will not accept any new items with non-organic corn, soy, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa, or Hawaiian papaya unless that item is certified as GMO-free by the Non-GMO Project. This includes ingredients such as fructose that are produced using corn or soy. We strongly encourage any manufacturer that is making a non-GMO claim to verify that claim with the Non-GMO Project and to label their products accordingly. Futhermore, to the best of our ability, Jimbo’s…Naturally! will not promote any item that contains an ingredient that is at risk for GMO contamination unless that product is certified organic (95% or more organic ingredients), verified as non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project, or the at-risk ingredient itself is certified organic.
What are GMOs?
GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering or GE). This relatively new science allows DNA from one specie to be injected into another specie in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
Are GMOs safe?
In 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe. On the other hand, in the U.S. the FDA approves commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale. Many health-conscious shoppers find the lack of rigorous, independent, scientific examination of the impact of consuming GM foods to be cause for concern.
How common are GMOs?
According to the USDA, in 2009, 93% of soy, 93% of cotton, and 86% of corn grown in the U.S. were GMO. It is estimated that over 90% of canola grown is GMO, and there are also commercially produced GMO varieties of sugar beets, squash and Hawaiian papaya. As a result, it is estimated that GMOs are now present in more than 80% of packaged products in the average U.S. or Canadian grocery store.
Where does the Non-GMO Project come in?
The Non-GMO Project is an initiative of the North American organic and natural product industry to create a standardized definition of non-GMO, with a 3rd party verification program to assess product compliance with this Standard. The Project’s Product Verification Program is entirely voluntary, and participants are companies who see the value of offering their customers a verified non-GMO choice. Many of the individuals and businesses leading the way with the Project are the same ones responsible for creating the original organic standards.
Look for this seal throughout the store!
Products with this seal have been verified and do not contain any GMO ingredients. For more information, visit nongmoproject.org.
JIMBO’S…NATURALLY! NON-GMO SHOPPING LIST
Click here to download our Non-GMO Shopping List.