Why Non GMO?

The Standard's goal is to assist farmers, processors and manufacturers in avoiding the contamination of GMO's by progressively reducing the risk of GMO contamination.


Currently, several major crops are at significant risk of GMO contamination. At-risk production inputs and ingredients derived from these at-risk crops are identified in the Standard.


The Standard requires practices and processes for controlling GMO contamination by these at-risk inputs and ingredients. Methods such as segregation, traceability, risk assessment, sampling techniques, and quality control management are emphasized in the Standard.

Analytical testing of seed, crops, ingredients, and products is done at critical points in the production chain to verify that the processes and practices employed by participants are adequate to meet Action Thresholds set by the Standard. The Standard is written so that compliance results in consistent performance to the Action Threshold. In incidents where the Action Threshold is exceeded unknowingly or unintentionally, timely corrective actions are required to identify the cause of the contamination and eliminate it.


The intention of the Project is to drive testing to the most efficient and critical points in the production chain, namely the consolidation of the lot of mono-component ingredient (e.g., crop) and the seed from which it was produced. In theory, if these are verified via testing as non-GMO according to the Standard, identity preservation systems and field contamination-avoidance practices should then be sufficient. However, goods may (and likely will) be tested anywhere in the production chain by any participant or by the Project's own surveillance testing program. The Project is initiating significant efforts to build the supply of verified non-GMO seed (especially organic seed).