I think it’s fantastic news that the Connecticut state Senate passed a bill that will require the labeling of GMOs.
Unfortunately, other U.S states aren’t on board (yet).
While labeling GMO food would be great to raise awareness and help people make better choices,
I feel that we can take our power back right now by simply knowing what to avoid.
I believe that one of the most powerful ways to vote is with your dollar.
Here’s a list of what to look out for, if you’re in the U.S or Canada.
If these crops are not grown organically, they may be GMO:
- Sweet Corn
- Canola / Rapeseed
- Sugar Beets (food or drinks with sugar that isn’t listed as “100% cane sugar” may be sweetened with gmo sugar beets.)
- Cotton (watch out for cottonseed oil in many processed foods)
- Hawaiian Papaya (Avoid Rainbow and SunUp varieties)
- Small amounts of zucchini and yellow crookneck squash
Some tips for avoiding GMOS:
1. Buy organic. Items that are certified organic cannot be genetically modified by law. If your produce has a PLU number that starts with 9, it’s organic.
According to the “Non-gmo Shopping Guide”:
“When the product is labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or just “made with organic ingredients,” then even the non-organic ingredients cannot be produced from GMOs. For example, products labeled as “made with organic ingredients” only require 70% of the ingredients to be organic, but 100% must be non-GMO.”
2. Watch out for produce with PLUs that start with 8: This means it’s gmo.
3. Avoid processed food: The majority of processed food in the US & Canada has at least one GMO ingredient, unless it’s certified organic. Often times, processed food is almost entirely GMO. It’s best to check the list of ingredients. Some labels these days will claim “Made with non-GMO ingredients” – which doesn’t necessarily mean that there aren’t any gmo ingredients in there.
4. Look for the NonGMO project Seal
5. There’s an app for that: Actually, 2 that I know of. Check out ShopNoGmo & Buycott on your i-phones/ipods/other devices
6. Watch out for sneaky GMO ingredients: Corn Syrup, High fructose Corn syrup, some modified food starch, soy flour, soy lecithin, vegetable oil, dextrose,etc. Unless labeled organic or non-gmo, most meat, dairy and eggs have come from animals raised on GM feed. Avoid Dairy products from cows injected with GM hormone RbGH.
Non-organic supplements, beauty care products, pet food etc. may have gmo ingredients – Check out my post : 10 ingredients that may be in your body care products
7. Shop at the farmers market! Talk to your farmer and ask them if their produce is non-gmo. Even if they’re crops aren’t certified organic, they may have been grown without pesticides and are may be non-gmo.
8. Grow your own food! Take control of your food supply. Plant organic & heirloom seeds.
Do you have any tips for avoiding GMOs?