Steering clear of GMO foods
At least 75% of food in your local supermarket is GMO tainted
I honestly don’t understand why the food standards feel the need to not make producers place a sticker on foods that do have GMO foods within them. Organic farms have to jump through hoops to get their organic status, yet all we are looking for is an easy to see GMO label on foods that have been genetically modified so we can make an informed decision on our buying and eating without US having to jump through hoops to make sure we’ve not been bamboozled by their labelling.
Anyway – soapbox now put away. Following is a list of foods most likely to have GMO and ways that you can ensure the food you buy is not GMO tainted
Top 5 foods most likely to be GMO tainted
1. Soy 94% of US soya beans are genetically modified. check your soy milk, edamame and tofu are 100% certified organic
2. Corn. 92% of US corn is genetically modified- corn includes corn flour, meal, oil starch, gluten and syrup.
3. Sugar Beets. 95% of US sugar beets are genetically modified. Any sugar that is not 100% cane sugar has sugar beets in them
4. Cotton. 94% of cotton is genetically modified. Cottonseed oil is found in vegetable oil, shortening and margarine.
5. Canola – also know as rapeseed oil – over 90% of US crops are genetically modified. Canola oil is found in a lot of processed foods and also used for cooking in a large number of restaurants.
These are the top 5 foods, other foods to be wary of include Hawaiian papaya, dairy that has come from cows that have been injected with GM hormones and squash. Apples and potatoes are in the pipeline to make a GMO entrance.
How to steer clear of GMO
1. Buy 100% certified organic. The ‘organic’ label is unfortunately not good enough as it can still have GMO within it.
2. Buy grass fed meat. Chicken and pork is not grass fed so you will need to look for the 100% certified organic label on those meats
3. Buy ‘wild caught’ fish and farm raised.
4. Try to shop locally – go to farmers markets. Although that doesn’t necessarily ensure GMO free – it does mean it’s less likely.
5. THE BIGGIE!! DON’T BUY PROCESSED FOODS!!!
6. Buy Caribbean produced papayas
What else can you do
60 other countries have a GMO labelling law. The US doesn’t. Go to http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/take-action# to sign a petition to try and get the US government to bring GMO labelling to this country