Tips for avoiding GMOs in your food

This month’s Spilling the Beans features a new pamphlet on Tips to Avoid
> GMOs. To view a PDF of this new handout, click here. (
> http://www.seedsofd eception. com/DocumentFile s/141.pdf)
>
> Dear Subscriber,
>
> This month’s newsletter features another new brochure you can download at no
> cost, produced by our Institute. While last month s Health Risks brochure
> was sure to motivate you to avoid eating GMOs, this month s Avoiding GMO Tips
> brochure should make it easier to shop and buy healthier non-GMO brands for
> yourself and family. The brochure is fully formatted online, ready for reading
> or download. A long list of GM derivatives appears for you to study at the
> end.
>
> ARE YOU ONE OF THE 9 OUT OF 10 AMERICANS OPPOSED TO UNLABELED GM FOODS?
> PEW RESEARCH
>
> This guide will help you determine which products are made from genetically
> modified organisms (GMOs) so you can make healthier non-GMO brand buying
> choices. GMOs are made by transferring genes from one species, such as bacteria,
> viruses, or animals, into the DNA of other species, such as corn.
>
> Though most industrialized countries require labeling of GMOs, the U.S. does
> not. 9 out of 10 Americans want genetically modified (GM) foods to be
> labeled. Most people say they would avoid brands if labeled as GM.
>
> This guide is produced by The Institute for Responsible Technology, your
> consumer safety partner and a world leader in exposing the health risks of GMOs.
> Look for our Non-GMO Shopping Guide coming in mid-2008. For more details or
> to make a donation, please go to www.responsibletech nology.org.
>
> HOW TO MAKE SAFER BUYING CHOICES
> GMO Defensive Shopping List
>
> What crops are most often GMOs? Examples of products commonly containing
> GMOs
>
> SOY (89%)* Chocolates use soy lecithin; Breads use soy flour; Shakes use soy
> protein concentrate; Baby formulas use soy milk.
>
> CORN (61%)* High fructose corn syrup is found in sodas, cereals, cookies,
> candy, salad dressings, spaghetti sauces, and 1,000 other products. Baked goods
> use cornstarch; Vegetable oils use corn oil; Breads use corn flour.
>
> CANOLA (80%)* Fried products use canola oil; Baked goods use canola oil;
> Many health products use canola oil.
>
> COTTON (83%)* Chips use cottonseed oil; Fried snacks use cottonseed oil.
>
> * Percentage of GM cotton, corn, and soy in the US and GM canola grown in
> Canada.
>
> TIP #1: BUY ORGANIC
> There are three types of organic labels:
>
> 100% ORGANIC means all ingredients are organic.
> ORGANIC means that at least 95% of the ingredients are organic. The other
> 5%, however, still have to be non-GMO.
> MADE WITH ORGANIC _________ (ingredient name, e.g. SOY). This label means
> that at least 70% of the ingredients are organic, but the remaining 30% still
> have to be non-GMO.
>
> If the term organic is ONLY in the list of ingredients and not found
> anywhere else on the package, then there is no required percentage for organic
> ingredients in the product, and any non-organic ingredient may be GMO.
>
> TIP #2: LOOK FOR NON-GMO LABELS
> Companies may voluntarily label products as non-GMO . Some labels state
> non-GMO while others spell out MADE WITHOUT GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS .
> Some products limit their claim to only one particular AT-RISK ingredient such
> as soy lecithin, listing it as non-GMO .
>
> TIP #3: AVOID AT-RISK INGREDIENTS
> The four major GM crops are soy, corn, cottonseed, and canola. Three minor
> crops are Hawaiian papaya, and a small amount of zucchini and yellow crook
> neck squash. These 7 crops look just like their non-GMO counterparts. Novel
> products such as seedless watermelons, pear/apple combos, and tangelos are
> products of natural breeding and are NOT genetically engineered.
>
> Most GM ingredients are products made from corn and soybeans, used in
> processed foods. (See chart on page 4.) There is no GM popcorn on the market, nor
> is there blue or white GM corn.
>
> Help stop the introduction of GM sugar in late 2008. Send a letter to top
> companies on our website.
>
> TIP #4: USE SHOPPING GUIDES
> There are a few non-GMO shoppers guides available based on information
> directly from food producers. The True Food Guide, available online at
> www.truefoodnow. org, has also been reproduced as an insert in the back of the
> informative book on GMOs, Your Right To Know by Andrew Kimbrell. Go to
> www.seedsofdeceptio n.com.
>
> OTHER WAYS TO AVOID GMOs
>
> ANIMAL PRODUCTS
> Meats, dairy products, farmed fish, and eggs are usually from animals fed GM
> feed. To avoid, buy ORGANIC , WILD CAUGHT , or meat or dairy from 100%
> GRASS-FED animals. Avoid dairy products from cows injected with GM bovine growth
> hormone (called rbGH or rbST). See www.responsibletech nology.org for brands.
> Honey and bee pollen may have been gathered from GM plants.
>
> PRODUCTS FROM GM MICROORGANISMS
> There are many additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents used in
> foods which are produced by GM bacteria, yeast, or fungi. To avoid them,
> either buy organic or stick to non-processed foods.
>
> GMO SWEETENER ASPARTAME
> Avoid the GMO derivative labeled as the sweetener aspartame. It is also
> referred to as NutraSweet® and Equal® and is found in over 6,000 products,
> including soft drinks, gum, candy, desserts, mixes, yogurt, tabletop sweeteners,
> and some pharmaceuticals such as vitamins and sugar-free cough drops.
>
> AVOID GMOs IN RESTAURANTS
> Try to go to restaurants that cook meals from scratch and do not use
> packaged, processed mixes and sauces which will likely have GM ingredients. At-risk
> ingredients include corn chips and tortillas, tofu, soy sauce, and sweet
> corn. Vegetable oil is usually made from GM soy, corn, cottonseed, or canola and
> is used by most restaurants. Find out if your restaurant uses vegetable oil,
> and if so, ask if they can cook YOUR meal without oil or with a non-GMO oil,
> such as olive, sunflower, or safflower.
>
> Buy non-GMO. Help us stop the genetic engineering of our food supply.
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>
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>
> INVISIBLE GM INGREDIENTS
>
> Processed foods often have hidden GM sources (unless they are organic or
> declared non-GMO). The following are ingredients that may be made from GM soy,
> corn, cotton, or canola.
>
> aspartame
> gluten
> modified starch
> baking powder
> glycerides
> monosodium glutamate
> bee pollen
> glycerin
> oleic acid
> caramel color
> glycerol
> Phenylalanine
> cellulose
> glycerol mono-oleate
> phytic acid
> citric acid
> glycine
> sorbitol
> cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
> hemicellulose
> soy flour
> corn gluten
> high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
> soy isolates
> corn masa
> hydrogenated starch
> soy lecithin
> corn oil
> hydrolyzed vegetable protein
> soy protein
> corn syrup
> inositol
> starch
> cornmeal
> invert sugar (colorose or inversol)
> stearic acid
> cornstarch
> tamari
> inverse syrup
> cyclodextrin
> isoflavones
> tempeh
> cystein
> lactic acid
> threonine
> dextrin
> lecithin
> tocopherols (Vitamin E)
> dextrose
> leucine
> tofu
> diacetyl
> lysine
> trehalose
> diglyceride
> malitol
> triglyceride
> fructose
> maltodextrin
> vegetable fat
> fructose (crystalline)
> maltose
> vegetable oil
> glucose
> mannitol
> Vitamin B12
> glutamate
> methylcellulose
> Vitamin E
> glutamic acid
> milo starch
> xanthan gum
>
> Our understanding is that ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), although usually
> derived from corn, is probably not GM because it is not made in North America.
> Honey and bee pollen may contain GMOs if the beehives are near GM crops.
>
> This list is continually being updated and refined. For the most recent
> version, see www.responsibletech nology.org.
>
> © copyright Institute For Responsible Technology 2008
>
> Jeffrey M. Smith is the author of publication Genetic Roulette: The
> Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, which presents 65 risks in
> easy-to-read two-page spreads. His first book, Seeds of Deception, is the top
> rated and #1 selling book on GM foods in the world. He is the Executive
> Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology.
> www.responsibletech nology.org, which is spearheading the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America. Go to
> www.seedsofdeceptio n.com to learn more about how to avoid GM foods.
>
> Spilling the Beans is a monthly column available at
> www.responsibletech nology.org. The website also offers eater-friendly tips for avoiding GMOs at home
> and in restaurants.
>
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>
> For a more in-depth look at 65 health risks of GM foods, excerpted from
> Jeffrey Smith’s comprehensive new book Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health
> Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, click here.
> (http://www.seedsofd eception. com/Public/ GeneticRoulette/
> HealthRisksofGMFood sSummaryDebate/ index.cfm)

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One Comment

  1. Posted 29 May at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Good blog… right on about aspartame… check out this graphic private study.
    Thanks for letting me post.

    http://myaspartameexperiment.com

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