Crops and livestock products bearing the Food Alliance Certified label may not be from genetically modified plants or animals or contain genetically modified ingredients.
Site inspectors examine records to see if any of the seed varieties or livestock semen, embryos, or other genetics have been produced with genetically modified technologies.
At this time, Food Alliance does allow animals to be fed with GMO feeds. However, certified farmers and ranchers are encouraged to source non-GMO feeds whenever possible.
Our understanding of the current supply of livestock feeds is that nearly all commercially available feeds are formulated with commingled commodities from GMO sources. Feeds from verified non-GMO sources can be difficult to find, supplies can be unreliable, and costs are typically high.
Therefore, it appears unreasonable to require participants to use exclusively non-GMO feeds.
However, as the availability of non-GMO feeds increases (through expanded planting of non-GMO feed varieties and increased labeling by the Non-GMO Project and other certifiers), we will revisit this issue.