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Is LDS Cannery a Source for Non-GMO Foods?

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We inquired at our local LDS Cannery, and were surpised to learn that we were the first to ask this question. The volunteer couple working had never heard of GMO foods, so it gave us the chance to inform them briefly about what GMO foods are. We searched online at official Church sites, but found no information was available. So we decided to call Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City to find out. We asked Joel Thompson, LDS Welfare and Cannery Expert/Representative about whether the dry-packed foods canned and purchased at LDS canneries are genetically modified.

LDS Cannery Foods Are Non-GMO

09 July 2012

LDS members and those purchasing dry-packed foods from the LDS Cannery can rest assured that they have access to the best food available. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed nearly all dry-packed foods available through the Cannery are certified as Non-GMO, meaning they have not been genetically modified.

The increasesed use of genetically modified seeds throughout the U.S., and the world's agriculural systems, has led to health concerns by consumers.

Church Headquarters Welfare and Cannery Representative Joel Thompson says all dry-packed canned goods available through the Cannery, with the exception of rice and sugar, are grown in the U.S., and are GMO-free.

"Rice is not grown here in the U.S. and in these particular areas where the rice is grown there does exist GMO farms [within the vicinity of the non-GMO rice paddies]. There is the possibility of cross-pollination. So, we cannot certify the rice is non-GMO."
--Brother Joel Thompson, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Welfare and Cannery Representative, Salt Lake City, UT

Brother Thompson also said because sugar, as well as rice, is not grown in the U.S. they can not certify either of these two commodities.

LDS Canneries are provided as a resource as part of the Church's Self-Reliance and Welfare Program. They support the Church's long-time counsel for members to be self-reliant. Part of that counsel encourages members to maintain a year's supply of food, and financial reserves for times of emergency, such as loss of employment, war, or natural disaster.

Church volunteers can, or package, the food which the Church distributes to the needy as part of the welfare program. Members can also purchase them at reduced wholesale prices to incorporate into their personal home food storage.

Non-members may also purchase from the Cannery as long as they are sponsored by a member of the Church, and agree not to sell the products.

To learn more about food storage, and how to locate a cannery near you, go to

Written by Barbara Apodaca for
All Rights Reserved, 2012.

Written by Barbara Apodaca for All Rights Reserved, 2012.

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