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Labeling war budding between organic companies and Non-GMO Project

| | May 31, 2017
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I did a little experiment the other day. I stood outside a Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C., with two cartons of large brown eggs. One carton had the words “Non-GMO Project Verified” on it, with a little orange butterfly. … The other carton had a different label; a green and white circle with the words “USDA Organic.” One other crucial difference: the organic carton cost 50 cents more.

I asked shoppers which carton they would buy.

“They both sound good,” says Anna Hansen, sounding indecisive. “If it’s non-GMO, great. If it’s USDA organic, great. I don’t know!” Then she pointed at the non-GMO carton. “This one’s a little cheaper, I guess I’d go with this one.”

“There’s a concern, for sure, that consumers are getting ripped off, or that they’re not getting what they think they’re getting,” says Dag Falck, the organic program manager at Nature’s Path Organic Foods.

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The non-GMO label has always had its critics. Some people say it’s misleading because it implies that non-GMO foods are better for you. Scientists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have said repeatedly that this is not true.

Now, organic food companies are starting — cautiously — to voice concerns about the non-GMO label, too. They’re worried that shoppers have become so fixated on GMOs that they don’t realize how little it actually means, compared to organic.

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