What is Food?
Food is any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.
How much nutritious food do you actually eat?
Reflect upon the food that you and your family eats on a daily basis. Is it actually food? Is it Genetically Modified? Is it labeled natural? Does it contain propylene glycol, preservatives, food dyes? Does it make you feel alive or do you feel sluggish and sleepy after you eat?
Be sure to view the video clips, under Resources, to educate yourself on Genetically Modified Foods. Review the list below and avoid all products that are not organic and contain these ingredients. Look for the non-GMO Verified Labels on foods that are safe to eat. Review the list of “safe” companies to purchase from. Shop at local Coops and Natural Foods Markets and look for the non-GMO project verified label on packaging. Learn about how to shop for True Food in this shoppers-guide.
What are GMO’s?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights…
Are GMOs Safe To Eat?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In nearly 50 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.
Are GMOs Labeled?
Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve.
What Are The Impacts of GMOs On The Environment?
Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs”, which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2, 4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange). GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.
How Do GMOs Affect Farmers?
Because GMOs are novel life forms, biotechnology companies have been able to obtain patents with which to restrict their use. As a result, the companies that make GMOs now have the power to sue farmers whose fields are contaminated with GMOs, even when it is the result of inevitable drift from neighboring fields. GMOs therefore pose a serious threat to farmer sovereignty and to the national food security of any country where they are grown, including the United States.
How Can I Avoid GMOs?
In the U.S., GMO’s are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. To avoid GMOs, look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Label.
Which Foods Might Be GMO?
The following crops are at risk of being genetically engineered, either because GMO varieties are in commercial production, or because of contamination from unapproved trial varieties. Ingredients from these crops may not be used in Non-GMO Project Verified products unless DNA testing shows them to be compliant with the Non-GMO Project Standards. Remember the GMO AND ORGANIC FOOD CODES to look for when shopping for edible non-GMO food.
11 Genetically Engineered Foods you should avoid:
5. Crookneck Yellow Summer Squash
8. Sugar Beets
Ingredients derived from these risk crops include (but are not limited to): Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, actic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.
The following animal derivatives are also considered high-risk by the Non-GMO Project Standard, because of potential GMO contamination in feed and other inputs:
4. Honey & other bee products
This information comes from The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.
These brands, at the time of writing, source their ingredients from GMO-free supplies. If you’re concerned about the very real threat that genetically modified organisms pose to our food supply and ultimate health, please purchase from these companies and contact them to let them know that you support and value their decision to use non-GMO soy, corn, canola and other ingredients. Please enjoy this GMO-free food list and share it.
If you have a question about a certain product or brand that is not listed here, you should call the company. One of the best ways to raise awareness among the food corporations is to voice your concerns directly to them and boycott companies who continue to use ingredients from genetically modified sources.
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