Eighteen fresh vegetable commodities grown at Nature Fresh Farms Inc. greenhouses in Leamington, Ontario, are now verified by the Non-GMO Project, including the company’s complete line of peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.
Peter Quiring, president and owner of Nature Fresh, pursued the verification because of growing consumer awareness and concerns about genetically modified foods, according to a news release. The verification process usually takes about four to six months, according to the Non-GMO Project website.
The certification granted March 31 by the Non-GMO Project is expected to not only help Nature Fresh further develop its customer base, but boost consumer understanding of greenhouse-grown produce in general, Quiring said in the release.
“Recent participation at a local consumer trade show in Ontario made it clear that consumers are more interested than ever, in where and how their fresh food is produced,” Quiring said in the release. “The issue of Non-GMO produce was raised several times, … which clearly indicated to us, that we needed to do more to inform the public about our own facilities.
“Greenhouse grown farming has many benefits and consumers want to learn more, so we believe that the Non-GMO verification process we have undergone will assist us in providing the consumer with a better understanding of our industry.”
Nature Fresh grows a wide variety of vegetables in its 130 acres of greenhouses, which are all now verified as non-GMO, Quiring said in the release.
The Non-GMO Project website lists the following Nature Fresh products as verified: Baby seedless cucumbers, beefsteak tomatoes, bhut jolokia ghost peppers, cherry tomatoes, cocktail tomatoes, heritage heirloom tomatoes, shishito hot peppers, orange grape tomatoes, orange peppers, red grape tomatoes, red peppers, seedless cucumbers, sweet baby bell peppers, tomato medley packs, red tomatoes on the vine, Trinidad Scorpion peppers, yellow grape tomatoes and yellow peppers.