WHAT IS A GMO?
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are plants or animals that have been created by splicing DNA from other plants, animals, bacteria, or viruses into them to create an organism that would not occur otherwise in nature. Most GMOs on the market have been created to tolerate applications of herbicides and pesticides.
While we do not know for sure the longterm impacts of GMO’s, more and more evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
WHY LABEL GMOs YOURSELF?
Polls have consistently shown that a clear majority of Americans want to know if food they are purchasing contains GMOs. Our government has been unwilling to cede to this demand because of the powerful biotech lobby. Since we cannot rely on our governments or corporations to give us the real facts, we as eaters are taking back our right to know what is in our food, and our right to make informed choices. We will bring about the change we want to see! If there is nothing to hide then why hide it?
HOW MUCH OF MY FOOD CONTAINS GMOs?
Up to 80% of conventional processed food in the United States contains GMOs. Labels like “natural”, “all natural”, “naturally made”, “naturally grown” MAY contain GMOs.
Approximately 90% of canola, 88% of corn, 90% of cotton, 94% of soy, and 95% of sugar beets grown in the US are genetically modified.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO LABEL?
If the ingredients of a product are any of the following, the product is likely to contain GMOs and therefore SHOULD be labeled:
- Anything that contains: NON-ORGANIC corn, NON-ORGANIC soy, NON-ORGANIC canola, NON-ORGANIC cottonseed
- Animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) that are not organic can contain genetically modified hormones and were probably fed GMO food!
- Most chemical additives to food are made from GMO corn and soy.
- Sugar! Much of the sugar in the US is made from GMO sugar beets, including brown sugar.
Here is a partial list of high-risk ingredients:
|· Corn syrup
· Corn starch
· Corn oil
· Soy meal
· Soy Protein Isolate
· TVP (textured vegetable protein)
|· Vitamin E
· Xanthan gum
· Vitamin B-12
· Baking powder
· Yeast extract
· Modified food starch
· Vegetable Oil
· Cottonseed Oil
· Canola Oil
· Food Colorings
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT NOT TO LABEL?
- PRODUCE– very little produce is genetically modified. Only some Papayas from Hawaii are GMO, the rest is not. Novel products like seedless watermelons are NOT GMO!!!
- Anything with a non-GMO label of any kind
- ORGANIC FOOD However keep in mind that while organic certification prohibits GMOs, due to transgenic (GMO) seeds contaminating organic crops, it is often difficult to guarantee that organic products are 100% GMO-free.
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