October 17, 2011

EO Products Supports Non-GMO month!

October is non-GMO month!

What exactly is a GMO?
A GMO, or “genetically modified organisms” is an organism (usually a plant) that has been created through gene-splicing techniques whereby DNA from one species is injected into another. We consumers get a hefty serving not only in soy milk and corn on the cobb, but when eating meat from GMO-fed farm animals & products using common additives like corn syrup and sugar beets.

Why are GMO’s made?
Farmers long struggled with herbicides and pesticides not only killing the bugs that ate food crops, but the foods crops themselves. In 1976, a major biotechnology company developed a bacterial gene that was immune to its herbicide Round Up. When this gene was inserted into soy, corn, canola and other plants, they could now be sprayed with Round Up and survive.  As a result, some 258 million pounds more herbicide have been used in the last 11 years.

Are GMOs safe?
This is the million dollar question. Many health-conscious consumers argue that this determination should be made before the products are publicly available, not after it’s too late. Due to lack of safety evidence, Australia, Japan, the European Union, and dozens of other countries have strong restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs. The U.S., on the other hand, approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale.

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 and 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. In California, there is also a ballet initiative underway to require GMO labeling.

EO is a proud to be a participating product in the non-GMO project
EO Products has become one of my favorite companies!  I can't live without their hair care products.  I'm now also addicted to their body lotion.  I've done some other product reviews for them (you can find under reviews on the sidebar).  They are a family-owned natural and organic body care products company distributed nationally in Whole Foods Market and other natural retailers.  They have several products certified non-GMO by the non-GMO Project.

In honor of October as non-GMO month, EO Products is offering 50% oFF!! its certified non-GMO products, which include hand soap and body lotion. In addition to being non-GMO, these products are free of Triclosan, parabens, and other nasty chemicals.  This sale lasts from today, October 17th through the 23rd so stock up on these wonderful products while you can.

Our Skin Absorbs 60% of what is applied to it - Two simple steps to avoid absorbing GMO’s 
1. Visit the non-GMO Project’s website and search their non-GMO product    listings.
2. Purchase from these trusted businesses
3. From Oct. 17-Oct. 23, in honor of non-GMO month, save 50 PERCENT OFF EO Product’s non-GMO certified liquid hand soap and body lotion.

Also, leave a comment of which EO Products, non-GMO products you would like to try and you could be chosen to win not only one of their hand soaps, but also a body lotion. 

If you are a follower of this blog, you can leave two additional (separate) comments.  That's three entries people!  Sign up to be a follower!   The winner will be drawn next Monday, October 24th via Random.org.
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