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Vegetarianism is a philosophy and dietary choice that avoids the animal kingdom as a source of nourishment. The reasons people choose to be/become vegetarians are enormously varied, encompassing religious beliefs, ecological commitments, compassion towards animals and personal health.
People describing themselves as vegetarian come from all walks of life and can be found in every country of the world. Edward & Sons is a vegetarian company, which means all of our products are vegetarian. Although some self-described vegetarians will eat chicken or fish, Edward & Sons products never contain either of these. Vegans are vegetarians who do not eat any animal by-products such as milk, cheese or honey.
Many of Edward & Sons products are suitable for vegans, and we have developed a vegan icon that we have begun affixing to the front of the packaging of vegan-acceptable products. This “at-a-glance” icon can be important not only to vegans. Many kosher, lactose-intolerant and other consumers will also benefit from this tool. Since this is a new tool of ours, some vegan-acceptable Edward & Sons products do not yet sport this icon. Please be sure to read our ingredients panels to determine if any product meets your needs. Our pioneering use of a vegan icon has caught the attention of many manufacturers and retailers. As a consumer service, we are making our icon available to others who sign an agreement with us to abide by vegan guidelines. Expect to see the vegan icon showing up in many places throughout your favorite food store.
The organic agriculture movement has exploded in global awareness and growth over the past decade. There are many reasons why we believe businesses and consumers would be wise to insist upon certified organic products. Organic farming is a sustainable system of agriculture that respects biodiversity, returns nourishment to the soil, conserves water resources and co-exists harmoniously with the rhythms of the natural world.
Certain factions within industry and government would like us to believe that residual pesticides and genetically modified DNA, commonly found in conventionally grown and processed foods, are perfectly safe to eat. We do not share that point of view. If consumers wish to avoid those substances, selecting organic foods is the surest way to do so.
The US Department of Agriculture has established a standard for certified organic foods under its National Organic Program (NOP). Edward & Sons Trading Company, Inc. is third-party certified as an organic handler under this program by Quality Assurance International (QAI).
Our Gluten-Free criteria specify/criterion specifies that the factory use no ingredients known to contain gluten in our gluten-free recipes. Furthermore, we randomly test for the presence of gluten in finished products and find none detectable. Our tests are performed at an independent laboratory and the tests are sensitive to 5 ppm (5 parts per million) of gluten. Please understand that our tests cannot detect amounts of gluten that may be present in concentrations under 5 parts per million.
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD
According to the Institute for Responsible Technology, “Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are the result of laboratory processes which artificially insert foreign genes into the DNA of food crops or animals. Those genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Although banned by food manufacturers in Europe and elsewhere, the FDA does not require any safety evaluations. Most Americans say they would not eat GMOs if labeled, but the U.S. does not require labeling.” According to the Institute, " GMOs are not safe, but have been in the food supply since 1996 and are now present in the vast majority of processed foods in the US."
Edward & Sons Trading Company, Inc. is alarmed over the proliferation of GMOs into the world’s food supply. While we have no certain knowledge that GMOs or GE food is harmful to consume, neither do we blindly accept the safety assurances of its supporters. Our evaluation of safety claims must take into account the vast sums of money the sponsors of GE food have to gain by it’s acceptance.
We are outraged that our FDA does not require consumer labeling of packaged products or produce that knowingly rely upon genetically engineered seeds or ingredients. We believe that consumers deserve to be able to make their own choices regarding the suitability of GE foods in their diets. This is especially important to those who are allergic to certain foods, because GE food from one food group will often contain the genetic material from another (potentially allergy causing) food group. It is the practice known as transgenics, where scientists splice genes from different species together (sometimes even combining a gene from an animal into a plant) that we find to be most disturbing, and most likely to have unintended consequences in the future.
We are suspicious of the speed with which GE food has swept through the world’s food supplies. We are alarmed by the threat to heritage varieties and other non-GE crops posed by unintended cross-pollination from GE crops. Edward & Sons seek careful, peer-reviewed scientific evaluation of the safety of each GE crop before regulators permit it to be grown outdoors. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists: “because of the USDA’s weak regulation of field tests of GE crops, contamination of food with unapproved varieties may be occurring on a large scale without anyone knowing about it. A 2005 report by the USDA’s inspector general found that weaknesses in USDA regulations, including those for pharma crops, increase the risk that unapproved GE varieties will escape into the environment and the food supply.”
Aside from introducing potential risk to the USA food supply, such contamination costs hundreds of millions of dollars to American exporters who service GE-wary European and Asian trading partners. Furthermore, since certain GE crops have been designed to be resistant to broad range herbicides, the resulting large-scale herbicide application on GE cropland endangers the biodiversity that would otherwise thrive on those lands.
Edward & Sons Trading Company, Inc. is active in worldwide natural and organic food markets. We commonly source raw materials and finished products throughout the globe. It is noteworthy that many countries in Europe, South America & Asia have loudly denounced trade practices that might infiltrate their food supplies with genetically modified organisms. We think that the USA and Canada would be wise to similarly protect our food supplies.
The worldwide organic agricultural movement has made clear its repudiation of genetically engineered foods. Organic regulations prohibit the use of GMO seed, crops or input materials. We conclude that certified organic products provide consumers with a high degree of confidence that a product is free of genetically engineered ingredients. Non-GMO Project verification will enhance that confidence even further. Edward & Sons Trading Company, Inc. urges consumers to opt for organic choices when available, and to encourage producers to participate in the Non-GMO Project as well.
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