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Zaca chewables attain GMO-free certification!

Goodbye GMO's

It took approximately 3 years to develop the recovery chewable. No artificial flavors, high quality ingredients and sourced gmo-free were among the many things on our checklist.  So we're thrilled to announce that we recently received 3rd party GMO-free certification through the IGEN program.

Certification linked here.

What are GMOs?

The acronym GMO stands for genetically modified organism. GMOs are produced by transferring a specific gene from one organism to another, often from non-related species (e.g. from bacteria to a plant). This modifies the DNA in a way that would not likely occur in nature.  This process is called genetic engineering.

The most common GMOs are soy, cotton, canola, corn, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, and squash (zucchini  and yellow). Many of these items appear as added ingredients in a large amount of the foods we eat. For instance, your family may not eat tofu or drink soy milk, but soy is most likely present in a large percentage of the foods in your pantry.

IGEN vs NON GMO Project Verified

IGEN stands for International GMO evaluation and notification.  It's very similar to Non Gmo Project Verified in which they both are 3rd party certifications for gmo-free products. The difference is IGEN physically tests the product for GMO proteins versus just verifying paperwork from suppliers that's it's free of GMO proteins.

Our Thoughts

We are opposed to genetic modification due to the fact of there being real and unknown harmful effects.  And we are not alone.  Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe.  More than 60 countries around the world have significant restrictions or outright bans on the sale or production of GMOs, including Australia, Japan, and all the countries in the European Union.

 

October 02, 2013

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Posted in gmo, Health, Monsanto Protection Act, News, non-gmo


How the Monsanto Protection Act was Crushed

Fotolia_55628520_XSDespite the overwhelming public support for GMO labeling legislation, the Monsanto Protection Act threatened to let biotechnology and agribusiness giants like Dow Chemical and Monsanto to continue to enjoy immunity from lawsuits regarding GMOs. Fortunately, the act didn't survive-- but what crushed the Monsanto Protection Act? The act itself originally slipped through quietly because it was attached to another piece of legislation. In the beginning of this September, House Republicans released a continuing resolution that included an extension of the act. If it had passed, it would have allowed GMOs to be freely cultivated and sold despite their potential risks to public health, the environment, and adjacent farms that grew non-GMO crops. That means that even if evidence is found inextricably linking GMOs to chronic health problems, or environmental or economic damages, the USDA would be forced to allow them to continue to be planted, sold, and used. If that sounds scary, it should. Fortunately, the measure met with enough opposition that it was axed from the Senate spending bill. Opponents of the act, like Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, led online petitions to give a voice to the members of the public that similarly opposed the bill. While initial attempts to kill the Monsanto Protection Act were unsuccessful, legislators have chosen to ensure that it will finally expire at the end of the month. Arguments against the act indicate that there is evidence that the transgenic proteins in GMOs have been found in human blood cells (including the cells of pregnant women and their fetuses), and they may be responsible for allergies, organ damage, and other health problems. Other arguments implicate GMO crops in things like bee die-offs and the growth of "superweeds." Therefore, they feel that GMOs should not be given carte blanche to be grown and sold. Arguments in favor of GMOs claim that there is not enough evidence that GMOs cause harm, and legislation limiting their use is "antiscience." Regardless of whether GMOs are harmful, it's never good to give someone immunity from the law. Hopefully, this push to limit Monsanto's immunity will herald success for things like GMO labeling legislation, and increased research into the long-term harm to humans and the environment from transgenic proteins.  
May 23, 2013

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Posted in gmo rates, Health, non-gmo


Is GMO Taking Over the US Food Supply at 68%?

gmoAt a staggering 68% of our food, GMO has surpassed half of all the food options we have, and climbing.  Comparative to other countries, no one actually come close to the US.  According to Stanford University, here's the top four producers of GMO:
        • United States - 68%
        • Argentina - 23%
        • Canada - 7%
        • China - 1%
Why is GMO so dangerous? "There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation." stated the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, warning the public to avoid GMO foods. Incidents and studies have connected GMO foods to many health problems  including immune dysfunction, accelerated aging, organ damage, insulin disorders and reproductive disruption.  The dangers are real and already accumulating in the US society. What to do? Although 68% is a dauntingly high number of foods containing GMO, there is a lot of hope to change it.  It's always the small things that make a big difference.  Buying only non-GMO foods stopping the flow of money to GMO supporters and suppliers.  Writing and calling your local government to influence laws.  Joining movements like March Against Monsanto. Zaca has taken initiatives to make an impact and stay true to our customers.  Since the very beginning  we've stayed organic and natural, avoiding GMO, artificial and chemically treated ingredients in our products.  Our company strives to support local by buying local, and buying  from companies of integrity with real natural ingredients.   We also get involved with movements like March Against Monsanto as mentioned above, specifically we're attending the local event in Denver this weekend that has a worldwide following. Our footprint may be small alone, but together our footprints can cover the earth.