Natural Products Association Must Exclude Genetically Modified Ingredients From Its Certification Process

Target: John Shaw, Executive Director and CEO of the Natural Products Association

Goal: Amend the Natural Products Association certification process for its Natural Seal to deny any product that contains genetically modified ingredients.

The Natural Products Association (NPA) is the country’s largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the natural products industry, advocating for the health and well-being of all citizens through the disbursement of natural products. However, despite its claims to fight against artificial ingredients and overly processed items, the organization does not recognize the threat of genetically modified organisms, ignoring GMOs in its natural certification process. In order to protect the health of consumers, the NPA must amend its regulations for its Natural Seal to exclude any and all genetically modified ingredients.

According to the NPA’s Natural Standards, for any product to receive its coveted Natural Seal, it must possess four important criteria: natural ingredients, safety, responsibility, and sustainability. Or, in other words, the product must consist of ingredients found in nature, must not cause any human health or environmental risk, should use no animal testing, and should use biodegradable ingredients. However, nowhere in the natural standard does the organization acknowledge the harmful presence of GMOs, which are scientifically known to cause damaging health ailments. Such blatant hypocrisy must end.

Ronnie Cummins, Executive Director of the Organic Consumers Association explains it best: “The NPA advertises itself as working on behalf of consumers who want to purchase products that they believe are safe and authentically natural. Yet nowhere in its cosmetics and personal care products certification process, does the NPA screen for genetically modified ingredients, and nowhere on these products is there a label that says ‘may contain genetically modified ingredients’. This is an outright act of consumer fraud.”

In order to accurately support and deem certain items as “natural products,” the NPA must change its screening process to account for the presence of GMOs. Genetically modified ingredients are the antithesis of natural, as they are created from synthetic, artificial and harmful components.

By signing the petition below you will urge the Natural Products Association to stop the hypocrisy by amending the regulations for its Natural Seal to exclude the presence of GMOs.


Dear Executive Director and CEO of Natural Products Association John Shaw,

The Natural Products Association claims it is founded on the morals of natural and green values, and yet its products are not screened for the presence of artificial GMOs. This is a blatant display of hypocrisy that calls into questions the ethics and principles of the organization.

The unnatural and harmful effects of genetically modified organisms on human health and the environment have been well documented, and should be nowhere near any product deemed “natural.” As such, no product that contains GMOs should receive the Natural Seal of approval.

In order to protect the health of consumers and rightfully maintain a stance on natural products and process, this organization must alter its screening regulations to account for the presence of GMOs in the food supply.

Stop the fraudulent peddling of supposedly natural products. Take action now to protect consumers from the synthetic and artificial properties of GMOs by amending the certification process for the Natural Seal to exclude all ingredients that are genetically modified.


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One Comment

  1. Daniela Bress says:

    You direct your own quality standard ad absurdum if you don’t change your policy.

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