Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Avoiding GMOs

Hello health nuts!

I loved reading your comments on my angry shopper post. I see that you all are just as outraged over poor food labeling regulations as I am! Now onto another topic that angers me: GMOs.

GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are crops which have been inserted with genetically modified genes from other plants, viruses, bacteria, animals, etc. This is done to make the crops more stable and resistant to drought, disease and pesticides.

Health risks of GMOs include infertility, immune system problems, accelerated aging, disruption of insulin and cholesterol regulation, gastrointestinal problems and organ damage.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, 93 % of all soybeans, 78% of all cotton, and 70% of all corn grown in the US in 2010 were genetically modified to be herbicide intolerant. The fact that GM foods are not labeled leads to many shoppers consuming them unknowingly.


How to avoid GMOs:
1. Buy organic
Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Look for labels that say “100% organic.”

2. Look for products with a Non-GMO Project seal. Products that carry this seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients.

3. Avoid the top GM food crops and products that contain them if they are not labeled organic or non-GMO. The four major GM crops are Corn, Soybeans, Cotton and Canola, so try to buy them only organic.

Also, beware of dairy products which may be from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone. Look for dairy products labeled “No rBGH or rBST” or “artificial hormone-free.”

Vote against GM foods, by choosing to buy the major 4 GM crops only organic or look for foods specifically labeled "non-GMO."
How do you feel about GMOs?
Do you look out for them when you buy food?

3 comments:

  1. i started looking for non GMO foods after i had been drinking soy milk for ages and one say saw a brand that said "NON-GMO" and was shocked! i thought, "oh no, does that mean i have been drinking soy milk that has GMO's because it doesnt have a label?" yup probably! it kinda opened my mind to all the other brands i purchased and at the same time taught me more about genetic food modification!

    xoxo

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  2. GMO's my nemesis. It's so scary how you there are no labeling laws in the US.

    Good post....not everyone know what to look for!

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  3. such good information. I wish our FDA really promoted this more.

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