Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Non-GMO Awareness Month with $25 Whole Foods Market Giveaway

Did you know it is Non-GMO awareness month? Back in 2013 Whole Foods committed to providing GMO transparency in labeling of products sold in it's stores by 2018. I must admit, when the announcement was made, it felt so far away, but in this moment it feels right around the corner. 

So, what in the world are GMO's? 

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. A GMO is created in a laboratory by altering the genetic makeup of a plant by splicing the DNA with foreign proteins and bacterias, viruses or other plants and animals. A Genetically Modified Organism can not occur naturally, it is created in a laboratory through genetic engineering by the manipulation of that plant/organism's DNA. Most importantly, a GMO is patent protected by the corporation that created it in their laboratory, which ultimately hinders third party and government research into their safety.

Why label GMO's? 

Unfortunately we can not see what ingredients were genetically modified with our eyes. It takes lots of personal energy to decipher which products "may contain GMO's" versus which products are clean and free of laboratory created organisms.  Here's a list of the most common GM crops:

High-Risk Crops**:
  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

How To Support Non-GMO Month:

1. Buy organic, USDA regulations prohibit the use of GMO's in any product certified Organic. 

2. Look for the NON GMO Project label, this product has gone through a 3rd party certification process to ensure it is indeed free of GMO's. 

3. If shopping at Whole Foods, check out their 365 Everyday Value® products. Ingredients are sourced to avoid GMO's and hundreds of them have been NON GMO Project certified and the rest are in process. Here's a list of NON GMO Project verified products you can find at Whole Foods Market. 


Related information, Food Allergy Facts:

Up to 15 Million Americans have food allergies.

According to a study released by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011.

Why have food allergies sky rocketed since GMO's were added to our food supply? Are we allergic to these foods or what has been done to them in a laboratory which is causing reactions in our bodies?

Food Allergy Research and Education,
**Non-Gmo Project 
EPA regulates Bt Corn as Pesticide

I have a $25 Whole Foods Market Gift Card to giveaway!
To Enter:

1. A comment equals one entry, comment as much as you wish, I will transfer over FB comments. Please leave a valid email address if you comment as anonymous.

2. Contest will close on Friday October 24th, 2014 at 10pm MST. 

3. 1 winner will be chosen from comments by Random. Org and notified via email.

4. Address must be provided within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected, the gift card will be shipped directly by the supplier of the giveaway.  

5. Open to US residents only. 

Disclaimer, I was compensated by Whole Foods Market as a WFM Ambassador for this post and giveaway! Content is purely at my discretion. 

Update the winner is comment #17, Neil K! I will be contacting you for your address. 


  1. As someone stuffed full of allergies and plenty of health problems, I'm very leery of GMO's. Thanks for the information Denise!

  2. Love whole foods and the giveaway!

  3. I love whole foods, their food is wonderful- even the stuff that isn't food is awesome

  4. I didn't know it was GMO awareness month!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  5. I support Non-GMO products.

  6. I didn't even know there was a GMO awareness month until I saw your blog post. I think that's great!
    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  7. I shop at Whole Foods weekly and would love to win! Thank you for the chance.

  8. Whole Foods is the best place to shop! I hope I win!
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  9. There are some really good recipes on the Whole Foods website!
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  10. Whole Foods practices the 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Standards in every Whole Foods Market store in the United States and Canada.
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  11. There is a video on how to make green smoothies on their website
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  12. There is also a video on how to make Quinoa with Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms on their website!
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  13. All foods should be labeled so we have a choice about what we eat.

  14. I really think that we're not so much allergic to foods as opposed to how the industry is altering with them. Kind of scary to think about!

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  15. I did not know it was non gmo month

  16. I'm trying to do better about gmo products for my family health