No GMOs part 2: NSF Non-GMO True North

NSF Non-GMO True North - the certification behind the non-GMO claim on Badger Sunscreens

This is part two in our series about GMO labeling. You can check out part one here, and also read Badger’s stance on GMO labeling.

When it comes to GMOs, Badger believes that people have the right to know and choose products that do not contain genetically modified organisms. Almost all of Badger’s products are USDA certified organic, which prohibits the use of GMOs as part of the National Organic Program (NOP) standards.

But what about Badger sunscreens? The zinc oxide content means they cannot be labeled USDA certified organic because the USDA is a food-grade standard. So how can you be sure that Badger sunscreens do not contain GMOs?

Even though our sunscreens contain on average 98% certified organic ingredients, our commitment to transparency prevents us from resting on our laurels. We felt that adding a non-GMO certification would provide the added level of transparency that you’ve come to expect from Badger.

NSF Non-GMO True North

No GMOs in Badger's Sunscreens

You might have noticed this logo on our new lotion sunscreens, and soon you will see it on all Badger sunscreens. You might not recognize it yet, but this is the new non-GMO certification from NSF, one of the most respected independent certification organizations in existence today.

For years, we’ve used the NSF organic standard to certify the percentage of organic ingredients in Badger sunscreens. It’s a rigorous standard very much like USDA Organic, but it makes allowances for ingredients found in personal care products. Like the zinc oxide in our sunscreen.

We have now added the NSF Non-GMO certification to our sunscreens using their well-respected global standards. “We believe that the NSF has created the most comprehensive and clear standard in the category,” says Rebecca Hamilton, co-owner and Director of Research and Development. “True North is accepted at major retailers as a reputable non-GMO standard.”

In the aisle

So when you’re shopping for products free from GMOs, here’s what to look for:

USDA Certified Organic – means not only is the product GMO-free, but it’s also free of synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones.

NSF Non-GMO True North – we suspect you’ll begin to see this logo as more companies opt for transparency. This seal simply means no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.

Non-GMO Project Verified – this is probably the most recognizable non-GMO label, and you can see it on many products you already use and love.

So if steering clear of GMOs is important to you, be sure to support companies that are USDA certified organic and/or transparent in labeling GMOs. By doing so you’re sending a message to the rest of the industry that you care about your right to know what’s in your food.

Have any tips for steering clear of GMOs? Share them with the community in the comments below!

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