Genetically Modified Foods & Products


The Kootenay Co-op takes the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) very seriously.  The following statement is an excerpt from our current Buying Guidelines and explains our position on GMOs.

Kootenay Co-op’s GMO Statement

We recognize the potential health and environmental hazards associated with Genetically Engineered (GE) foods and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in our food chain.

Working outside of the confines of natural possibilities, these alterations leave a risk of unknown consequences to the ecosystem and public health.

We believe the best way to avoid GE and GMO products is to consume only certified organic food.

We accept and embrace responsibility on behalf of our members for disseminating information and advocating against GMOs.

We recognize that consumers expect natural and organic products to be free of GMOs and are endeavoring to meet that expectation to the best of our ability.  Therefore we are no longer accepting new non-organic products that include more than an estimated 2% GMO high-risk inputs as listed in the Non-GMO Project’s Appendix B (excluding Animal Derivatives,) unless they are enrolled in the Non-GMO Project or can provide us with a detailed description of measures taken to avoid GMO contamination.

GMO High-Risk Inputs

The Kootenay Co-op requires less than 2% (by combined weight) of the following ingredients:*

  • Crops:  Alfalfa, Canola, Corn (excluding popcorn,) Cotton, Papaya, Soy, Sugar Beets, Zucchini, Yellow Summer Squash.
  • Processed/Processing inputs and ingredients, and related derivatives, derived from crops, livestock, or microorganisms: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavourings (“Natural” and “Artificial”,) High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrin, Microbial Growth Media, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein, Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.

*Appendix B, Non-GMO Project