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How to Steer Your Shopping Cart Clear of GMO's and Make Sure Your Food is NOT Genetically Modified

Posted Nov 02 2010 12:00am

Yesterday I posted my favorite new song and video from the Health Ranger Mike Adams.  I really really love that song and the Health Ranger is pretty easy on the eyes right?  I appreciate the way that he makes something that can be confusing pretty simple to understand...Just Say No to GMO!  I received a comment on yesterday's post from a very dear friend of my family that we made during our time living in Michigan.  She wanted to know how exactly we can steer clear of GMO's?

I wish that I could say that making sure we are steering our shopping carts clear of GMO's  is as easy to understand as the health Ranger's video, but I can't.  Well that is only partially true; It is super easy for produce and although it is a bit more complicated for everything else, we can figure this out. 

Okay so Let's Start Easy with non-GMO Produce!
This is so easy it is laughable.  Now we all know that getting to know your local farmers at your town's  Farmer's Market is a great way to go non-GMO.  Still, if you are like me, right now there aren't any that fit into your crazy schedule.  So, get a pen and paper or make a note in your iPhone  cuz I am going to tell you how to make sure your produce is GMO free. 

All of your produce has a numeric code called a PLU. Just by looking at the code on your produce label, you can tell if the fruit was genetically modified, organically grown or produced with chemical fertilizers, fungicides, or herbicides.
* A four-digit number means it’s conventionally grown.
* A five-digit number beginning with 9 means it’s organic.
* A five-digit number beginning with 8 means it’s a GMO.

So that's pretty simple.  Just look for the 5 digit number that starts with a 9.  Okay, great...but how do you navigate the rest of the market as you try to steer clear of GMO's?  Truly the only way to currently buy non-GMO is to buy products labeled as 100% organic or Non-GMO Verified Seals.


There just aren't any FDA regulations (yet) that demand labels for foods that are GMO.  Remember that according to the Center for Food Safety, it's estimated that 70 to 75 percent of processed foods in supermarkets contain genetically engineered ingredients!  

If it's Not Labeled Organic, or Doesn't have a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, then What Do We Do?
If it's not labeled organic, or doesn't have a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, then avoid processed food product ingredients made with these GM crops: Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed and Beet sugar.

Corn
Listed as corn flour, meal, oil, starch, gluten, and in syrups.  Also in  sweeteners such as fructose (HFCS-High Fructose Corn Syrup), dextrose, and glucose.
Also listed as modified food starch

Soy
Listed as Soy flour, lecithin, protein, isolate, and isoflavone

Vegetable oil and vegetable protein

Canola
Listed as canola oil (also called rapeseed oil)

Cotton
Listed as cottonseed oil

Sugar
Avoid anything not listed as 100% cane sugar since GM beet sugar recently entered the food supply. To avoid it, look for organic and non-GMO sweeteners , candy and chocolate made with 100% cane sugar, evaporated cane juice or organic sugar.

Aspartame
The artificial sweetener also known as NutraSweet and Equal, which is derived from GM microorganisms and in thousands of products like diet drinks.  You know  I hate the stuff .

It's a Process But Our Future is Counting On Us!
Hey I do the best I can and really have resorted to, much to my hubbies disdain, buying organic.  The more he learns about the why behind my choices in food for our family, the more he is coming over to the green side.  It's a process though and we all walk the path to green at a different speed.  I guess I am just going a little bit faster  as I have three little humans to feed as well as myself and  Big Bad Dad.  They are counting on me to make the right choices and I don't want to let them down.  I can't let them down.  Who is counting on you to make the right choices?

That's me in the robot costume my girlies made me for Halloween 2010
P.S.- I am really glad that you stopped by our Environmental Booty Blog and I hope you have learned or shared a thing or two.  I hope that , now that you've found us,  you won't lose us!  You can join our green living online community , subscribe to our posts download our community toolbar , Tweet with me on Twitter or Come Shop with Me to stay in touch!  - Shane :)
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