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The ABC's of GMO

Posted Apr 21 2011 11:55am
Happy Friday! I’m so excited to not have huge plans this weekend. We need to do some major picking up around the house and some major sleeping in :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I may or may not post tomorrow, but I wanted to get this post out there, since it’s a hot topic recently:

GMO’s :O
As if learning about all natural and organic foods wasn't difficult enough, now we're hearing right and left about GMO's.  An amazing pamphlet  was just released by the  Center for Food Safety  that can answer a lot of the regular grocery shopper's questions, and I wanted to share it with you as soon as I found it!
GMO = Genetically Modified Organism. 

A food product is considered genetically modified if genes have been inserted into the food's DNA via an artificial, laboratory process. Companies do this because they create food that can grow larger and faster, live longer, and be resistant to bacteria. Why is this bad for us?

Well, it's far from eating all natural foods, straight from the Earth.
And though it's not been proven entirely, there are risks associated with the chemicals in our food, including GMO's.
Who wants to eat beans, alfalfa, or even fish created in a laboratory? The thought makes me shudder.
The Center for Food Safety states that "up to 40% of US corn is genetically engineered, as is 80% of soybeans. It has been estimated that upwards of 60% of processed foods on supermarket shelves contain genetically modified ingredients."
So how do we know what products contain GMO's? 
Well, we don't. GMO's are not (yet) regulated in the United States, and food companies are not required to list GMO's on nutrition labels.
Yep, you read that right!

So how can we avoid consuming GMO's? First,  download the pamphlet  I mentioned above. It gives food lists for specific companies that may contain genetically modified ingredients. 

Here are a few tips, straight from  the pamphlet . Read it!
1. Buy Organic - Certified organic products are not allowed to be produced from GMO's
2. Look for "Non-GMO" labeling – More and more labels now state that their product is “GMO-Free”
3. Avoid At-Risk Ingredients - Most GM ingredients are products made from the Big Four: corn, soybeans, canola, and cottonseed. Common ingredients include: 
corn flour, meal, oil, starch, gluten, and syrup; fructose/dextrose/glucose; modified food starch; soy flour, lecithin, protein, isolate, isoflavone; vegetable oil and protein (though these last two may be derived from other sources)
4. Buy local food – This tip applies to everything! 
I highly recommend downloading the pamphlet. I know that buying natural food at the grocery store can be difficult enough without having to look for GMO ingredients, but it helps to keep it in mind.
If you have any questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them. I'm no expert on GMO's but I'm learning what I can!

Happy Friday!
Question: What do you think about GMO's? 
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