Enjoy Halloween without Frightful GMOs
GMOs are the scariest elements of Halloween, so here are some tips from The Non-GMO Project on how to ward off frightful GMOs this year!
Choose Non-GMO Project Verified Treats for the Trick-or-Treat Basket
- Nature’s Path Crispy Treats
- Endangered Species chocolates
- Bakery on Main granola bars
- Funky Monkey snacks
- Simply Fruit
- HomeFree cookies
- Yogavive snacks
- Licious Organics snacks
- Pro Bar snack bars
- Pure Organics snacks
- Righteously Raw bars
- Tasty Brand snacks
- Theo Chocolates
- Bites of Bliss
Non-GMO Treats & Treasures
Halloween is meant to be fun—so get creative as you look for new ways to celebrate with the kids in your life.
- Beeswax crayons
- Non-GMO Project Verified treats
- Polished rocks
- Friendship bracelets
- Seed packets
- Homemade playdough
GMOs and Children—What You Need to Know
What are GMOs?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
What foods are GMO?
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 GM 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.
Are my children eating GMOs?
The sad truth is many of the foods that are most popular with children contain GMOs. Cereals, snack
bars, snack boxes, cookies, processed lunchmeats, and crackers all contain large amounts of high risk food ingredients. In North America, over 80% of our food contains GMOs. If you are not buying foods that are Non-GMO Project Verified, most likely GMOs are present at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Are GMOs safe for my family to eat?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In nearly 50 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.
Beyond Non-GMO: More Tricks for Healthy, Green Treats
Giving away Non-GMO goodies to trick-or-treaters is a great start, but there are other people and planet-friendly choices to consider. When buying Halloween treats and party fare, look for
- Locally grown/produced
- No high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
- Palm-oil free
- No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
In addition, you may wan to consider giving away goodies or serving foods that are peanut-free, gluten-free, dairy free and/or egg fress. These are some of the the most common food allergens and with 1 in 13 kids suffering from food allergies, limiting highly allergic foods is one way to ensure that Haolloween is safe and fun for everyone.
Does your child want to go door-to-door, but you don’t want him/her to consume it all? Consider trading candy fro “pumpkin points” good towards a special gift or activity or invite the Sugar Sprite to come. The Sugar Sprite (or Switch Witch) exchanges candy for a special gift! Dentists across the country also take part in Halloween Candy Buy Back Program in which uneaten candy is collected (usually at $1 a pound) and sent overseas to American Troops. Uneaten candy can also be composted (remove wrapper first).