GoGo Quinoa cookies & the NON-GMO project

2018-07-09T12:00:32+00:00 By |Health & Wellness|
As you maybe already know, GoGo Quinoa has launched the new double chocolate quinoa cookies. Most of you loved them, but a couple of our lovely readers had some questions. This is why we wanted to take the time to present you our new products, but also to explain a little more what we try to accomplish.

GoGo Quinoa’s mission

GoGo Quinoa’s mission is to contribute to the nutritional well-being of all by offering nutritious, innovative and flavourful products, ethically and responsibly. But not only. We not only try to accomplish this mission in our day-to-day work but we also try to include everyone. Especially those with allergies, food sensitivities or just healthy eaters in general.
To do so, all our products are tested for gluten to assure they are safe for our celiac consumers. But not only, one of the most difficult allergies to have, because it can be deadly, is peanuts. If you have a kid that is deadly allergic to this nut, you will know how stressing it is to find foods that are not contaminated. But also finding ways to protect your kid’s lunch box from any exterior contaminations. This is where we come in. We chose to help these families, that is why our cookies are individually wrapped. Each kid can simply take one or two cookies to put in their lunch box to take to school.

GoGo Quinoa Cookies have too much packaging?

We know most of our consumers do not have deadly allergies, so for you, we have another reason. Our gluten-free and vegan cookies are crumbly and can easily break. Wrapping them individually protects them. Furthermore, aren’t you fed of these cookies box that has trays in them? When you open them, you have to eat the whole box as quick as you can before they go bad or hardens? The amount of plastic required to create a tray, and then to cover it in plastic and finally put it in a box requires more plastic than our individually wrapped cookies that are put in a recycled cardboard box.
But our box made out of recycled cardboard is not the only thing that you can recycle. The individual wrap is recyclable too! So do not forget to throw it in your blue bin.
Furthermore, our cookies come in a bulk format (198 cookies in one box to be exact), we then put them in individual boxes in Canada. We use our cookies for events, shows and even as gifts in fundraisers. Being able to just add a sticker and offer them to whoever needs them, helps us be less waist-full. Imagine a fundraiser or an event that needs 2000 individual cookies, in one GoGo Quinoa cookie box there are 12 individual cookies. That means we would have to give them 167 boxes… That would be super waist full and a little bit ridiculous.
Let’s talk a little more in-depth about our certifications. All our cookies are certified the NON-GMO project, gluten-free, kosher. They are also vegan, peanut free, corn free (not certified).

What is the NON-GMO project?

First of all, GMO, or genetically modified organisms, is a plant, animal, microorganism whose genetic has been modified in a laboratory. This creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

But are GMOs dangerous?

This is where everything gets messed up. But we will try to explain it as clearly as possible.
There are a lot of myths around GMOs, like using fewer pesticides or insecticide, that there are not toxic to humans or animals, that genetic engineering will deliver more nutritious crops,  that Roundup is a safe herbicide, that GM will deliver climate-ready crops, that it will reduce energy use, that GM crops are needed to feed the world’s growing population … and many others.

The fact is that a large majority of studies done on GMO’s are made or paid by the same industry that sell’s it. How can a Compagnie that sell something can also be the one analyzing the danger of that said product?

It’s like asking a cigarette Compagnie if smoking is dangerous… We all know how that finished.

What do we know now?

A growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage, and violation of farmers and consumers’ rights. More than 60 countries in the world – including Japan, Australia and all the countries of the European Union – require GMOs to be labeled. Globally, there are also 300 regions with outright bans on growing GMOs. In the absence of credible independent long-term feeding studies, the safety of GMOs is unknown. Increasingly, citizens are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.

And the farmers in all of this?

Well, the GMOs companies have won some big battles. One of the best known, because it is the most unfair is the fact that these biotechnology companies have been able to obtain patents to control the use and distribution of their seeds. As a result, the GMOs companies now have the power to sue farmers whose fields have been contaminated by GMOs, even if it results in the drift of pollen from a neighboring field…

Why Did we choose NON-GMO?

At GoGo Quinoa, we value organic products, but when we cannot be 100% organic we think that having NON-GMO ingredients is essential! For all of these reasons and many more, we, at GoGo Quinoa decided to be part of the NON-GMO project, we are proud to be one of the few that still feel accountable for the products we feed others.
Finally, we know how packaging is a big issue now, and we try to better ourselves. But you know what would be even better? Making home-made cookies! No packaging, no extra waste and let’s be honest …. Nothing tastes better than fresh home-made cookies! Using our quinoa flour, all-purpose flour, and even our flakes, you will be able to make the best cookies your family ever tried!
We hope we explained some of your concerns please feel free to ask us any additional question we will be happy to respond to you!

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