Prop 37 lost, but that doesn’t mean we need to lose our health. Since we can’t rely on labeling to keep us informed, it’s time to be our own GMO police.
For those who believe, without a doubt, GMOs are harmless, then no need to read any further. We wish you all the best.
If you’re in doubt, my advice is better safe than sorry.
For the rest of us who absolutely refuse to ingest these scientifically, engineered foods, please read on and apply this knowledge to your grocery shopping.
Here’s a link to a great phone app that you can use when shopping. If you cannot download apps, you can still use the link to open it to obtain the information.
Certified organic products are not allowed to contain any GMOs.
LOOK FOR “NON-GMO” LABELS
- “Made Without Genetically Modified Ingredients”
- Some products limit their claim to only one particular “At-Risk” ingredient such as soy lecithin, listing it as “non-GMO.”“
- 100% organic” means they are not allowed to be produced from any GMOs
- “made with organic ingredients” only require 70% of the ingredients to be organic, but 100% must be non-GMO
AVOID AT-RISK INGREDIENTS UNLESS CERTIFIED ORGANIC
- Corn flour
Sweeteners from corn
- modified food starch*
- Soy flour
- soy protein
Sugar Beet Sweeteners
- granulated sugar
- icing sugar
- rock sugar
- gelling sugar
- artificial honey
- inverted sugar syrup
- caramel coloring
- sugar beet syrup or molasses
Sugar beet by-products
- citric acid
- nutritional yeast
- canola (or rapeseed)
- health-hazardous rBGH has been banned in 27 countries, but is still in most US cows. If you must drink milk, buy organic.
Zucchini and Yellow Squash
- these two squash varieties are modified to resist viruses.
- C (ascorbic acid) is often made from corn
- E is usually made from soy
- vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12 may be derived from GMOs
- vitamin D and K may have “carriers” derived from GM corn sources, such as starch, glucose, and maltodextrin
- Honey be produced from GM crops. Some Canadian honey comes from bees collecting nectar from GM canola plants. This has shut down exports of Canadian honey to Europe.
- Genetically modified for a longer shelf life and to prevent a substance that causes tomatoes to rot and degrade.
- GMO papayas have been grown in Hawaii for consumption since 1999. Though they can’t be sold to countries in the European Union, they are welcome with open arms in the U.S. and Canada.
- Meat and dairy products usually come from animals that have eaten GM feed.
- Genetically modified (GM) peas created immune responses in mice, suggesting that they may also create serious allergic reactions in people. The peas have an inserted gene that creates a pesticide.
- Aspartame is a toxic additive used in numerous food products, and should be avoided for numerous reasons, including the fact that it is created with genetically modified bacteria.
*May be derived from other sources
BABY FOODS & INFANT FORMULA
- Milk or soy protein is the basis of most infant formulas. The secret ingredients in these products are often soy or milk from cows injected with rBGH. Many brands also add GMO-derived corn syrup, corn syrup solids, or soy lecithin. Use only ORGANIC foods and formulas.
- FDA is considering approval of the first GE animal intended for human consumption, a genetically engineered Atlantic salmon. This approval is pending despite overwhelming consumer opposition and unacceptable risks to human health, the marine environment, wild salmon populations and fishing economies. There are several other GE fish in the pipeline as well. To make matters worse, FDA argues that these GE fish don’t even need to be labeled!
- While baking ingredients such as wheat flour, rice, kamut, and oats are not genetically modified, many packaged breads and bakery items contain other GMO ingredients such as corn syrup.
CEREALS & BREAKFAST BARS
- Cereals and breakfast bars are very likely to include GMO ingredients, because they are often made with corn and soy products. Use only ORGANIC cereals and bars.
GRAINS, BEANS & PASTA
- Other than corn, no GM grains are sold on the market. Look for 100-percent wheat pasta, couscous, rice, quinoa, oats, barley, sorghum, and dried beans (except soybeans).
- Look for less processed canned foods and foods packed only in water or olive oil (not corn, soybean, canola or cottonseed), and avoid canned foods containing corn syrup, sugar not labeled as “cane sugar” and soy ingredients which could be derived from GM crops.
SOUPS & SAUCES
- Many soups and sauces are highly processed, so give the ingredient lists close attention. Canned foods can be simply vegetables or fruits packed in water, but many canned foods also contain corn syrup or sugar that could be derived from GM crops. Look for less processed canned foods and foods packed only in water or olive oil (not corn, soybean, canola or cottonseed), and avoid canned foods containing corn syrup, sugar not labeled as “cane sugar” and soy ingredients.
- Many frozen foods are highly processed. Stay away from frozen foods that contain at-risk ingredients unless they are marked organic or non-GMO.
CONDIMENTS, OILS, DRESSINGS & SPREADS
- Unless labeled explicitly, corn, soybean, cottonseed, and canola oils probably contain genetically modified products. Choose salad dressings and condiments that use only pure olive, coconut, sesame, sunflower, safflower, almond, grapeseed, and peanut oils. Also choose preserves, jams, and jellies with cane sugar, not corn syrup.
- Look for snacks made from wheat, rice, or oats, and ones that use sunflower or safflower oils. There is no GM popcorn on the market, nor is there blue or white GM corn.
SWEETENERS & CANDIES
- Many sweeteners, and products like candy and chocolate, can come from GMO sources. Look for organic and non-GMO sweeteners, candy and chocolate products made with 100% cane sugar, evaporated cane juice or organic sugar to avoid GM beet sugar, and watch out for soy lecithin in chocolates and corn syrup in candies.
- Aspartame is derived from GM microorganisms. It is also referred to as NutraSweet® and Equal® and is found in over 6,000 products, including soft drinks, gum, candy, desserts, yogurt, tabletop sweeteners, and some pharmaceuticals such as vitamins and sugar-free cough drops.
SODAS, JUICES & OTHER BEVERAGES
- Most juices are made from GMO-free fruit (avoid papaya though, as it could be GMO), but the prevalence of corn-based sweeteners—e.g. high-fructose corn syrup—in fruit juices is cause for concern. Many sodas are primarily comprised of water and corn syrup. Look for 100-percent juice blends.
Finally, be cautious when eating out. Most restaurant meals are loaded with GMO foods. Try to eat at organic restaurants or pack a meal from home.