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12 Do’s and Don’ts to Avoid Buying and Eating GMO Foods
If you are among the 80 to 90 percent of consumers who would like to see Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) labeled as such, you are pretty much out of luck. Although some states such as Maine, California, and Connecticut have tried to get labeling laws, Big Agra has spent billions of dollars to fight these laws and make the issues confusing for many voters. Don’t look to Uncle Sam for any help either, as the Feds simply will not force the issue. Apparently, too many in Congress are on Big Agra’s payroll.
So how can you avoid GMOs? We have 12 tips to help you identify possible GM foods and products. Did we just say products? Yes we did. Even though you aren’t eating them, wearing clothes made from GM cotton only puts more money in Big Agra’s pockets. It also encourages them to continue to look for ways they can modify seeds that are acceptable to the general public. Their reasoning is: if people are willing to WEAR GM cotton clothing, what else might they be willing to eat and wear?
If you are new to this you might be wondering what the big fuss is about GM foods. GM foods, such as corn, have had their genes modified so that they have a built-in pesticide that kills any bug who tries to take a bite. What about you when you take a bite? That’s the issue here: no one really knows. You might think that since these foods are for sale that they have been thoroughly tested, but this isn’t the case. The FDA allows these companies to run their own tests, and when Big Agra says they are OK after only 90 days of testing, the FDA allows them to be sold. Sort of like the fox guarding the hen house, isn’t it? While we are at it, let’s be honest, does anyone think that these things are safe because they fed them to rats or cows for 90 days?
Well, consumers do have a blip of hope on the horizon. There is a new, nonprofit pro-GMO labeling group that is trying to push labeling laws as well as placing their seal of approval on foods that are known to contain no GM foods.
Take a look at the top 12 ways you can avoid GM foods and their products.
1. DO be aware of the ‘No GMO’ label
If it says nothing more than ‘No GMOs’ or ‘Contains no GMOs,’ be very, very suspicious. Many of these foods have been tested and found that they do actually contain GM foods. Find out more how gmo labels trick you.
2. DON’T buy the following:
All of the following items most likely come from GM crops:
- Golden rice
- Summer Squash
- Papayas from Hawaii
- Sugar (unless it says pure cane sugar). Read more about top 10 GMO foods to avoid.
3. DO read ingredient labels every time
Just because something didn’t contain corn or soy last time you bought it doesn’t mean the company didn’t decide to switch their recipe. Although they don’t have to say GMO, if it says corn or soy, you know it probably is.
4. DON’T buy aspartame
Aspartame is a cancer causing agent that you don’t want to be consuming anyway, but even if you feel you can’t live without your diet soda, consider this: aspartame is the excrement (yes, we are talking poop) from GM bacteria. It’s disgusting, it’s dangerous, and you don’t need it.
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5. DO look for products with the 100 Percent Certified Organic Seal
These have been tested and are known to come from natural, organic sources.
6. DON’T buy GM cooking oils
Corn oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, and soybean oil are all GM products. Stick with more natural oils such as olive oil, sunflower seed oil, and coconut oil.
7. DO look for the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal
The Non-GMO Project tests products to be sure that they are not only organic, but that the crops have not been contaminated with pollen from nearby GM crops. The product must contain less than 0.9 percent GM contamination to receive this label.
8. DON’T eat just any breakfast cereal
Almost all cereals contain GM corn, soy fillers, or GM sugar. Worse still is the high fructose corn syrup most cereals contain. Not only is this sweetener dangerous to your health, it comes from pure GM corn. Look for the “certified organic” or “Non-GMO Project” seal.
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9. DO invest in naturally organic cotton clothing
As we mentioned above, don’t encourage companies to produce more GM crops. Pure organic cotton clothing might cost a bit more, but they are so worth the investment.
10. DON’T eat factory farmed meats
Most factory farmed cows, pigs, and chickens are fed a truly disgusting diet of cheap GM corn and soy. If you are what you eat, then these animals are filling you up with GM foods. Choose only organic, grass fed animals. The “certified organic” label on meat means that your animal was not fed GM foods.
11. DO buy raw or organic milk products
Cows that eat a more natural diet give better quality milk and milk products. Look for the ‘certified organic’ label or buy raw milk products. Talk to a dairy farmer at your local farmers market if you can’t find these products at your store.
12. DO cook at home more
Whenever you eat out, even if it’s at a 5 star restaurant, chances are that they are using GM foods, oils, and factory farmed meats. When you cook from scratch at home you will know exactly what your food contains. It’s healthier for you and saves money as well.
Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she made food for us. When we take care of her (the soil) she will produce foods that nourish our bodies with healthy goodness. We don’t need big corporations to try and improve on Mother Nature.