How to Avoid GMOs
(Nourishing Wellness is grateful for these resources assembled & written by Vicki Keller)
“Whoever controls the food supply controls the people.” – Henry Kissinger
If someone wants to avoid GMO foods, see below for the short list of crops that are GMO, and the longer list of their derivatives of these GMO crops, because they come from the crop source.
This is why if a food is not Organic, our family hasn’t bought that food for some time now;
- To avoid pesticide residue (from non-GMO foods) AND
- To avoid GMO foods.
To be honest, until watching the Genetic Roulette documentary a few months ago, I didn’t really understand the health ramifications of GMO’s and to the degree they cause harm, I just vaguely knew they weren’t natural and I didn’t want to consume them. I did know that buying Organic was how to avoid them best, for our family. Now I KNOW why I was avoiding them. To understand the health risks see the brochure Doctors’ Health Warnings
When you see the effects on the animals and the people working in the fields of the GMO’s, and hear ALL the MANY Scientists, MD’s, Veterinarians, Chemists, Farmers, and Experts, speaking out about health problems in their medical practices, farms, and science labs in the film www.GeneticRouletteMovie.com, and then also see the most recent long-term study that came out, you should be questioning GMO’s safety to a very high level of discernment.
Unfortunately, the recently published Study from France is the first long term study performed. And the results are extremely alarming. This is completely unacceptable and contrary to the job of the FDA and USDA which is to ensure food safety which protects the public. They failed to EVEN TEST them or require testing of a brand new food never before seen in nature. It is not substantially equivalent. Chemical companies are now in charge of ensuring safety of the foods we are eating that are supplied by them. There is something terribly wrong with that statement; especially when these chemical companies have a reputation of previously and repeatedly lying about proven safety (remember when they said Agent Orange and DDT were safe?).
You can view several short clips of farmers, scientists, and experts to understand GMOs at http://www.health-seeker.blogspot.com/2012/09/gmos-and-other-food-myths.html.
Until we have clear labeling of GMO foods, and ingredient derivatives, you can avoid them by doing the following: Stay away from the Crop sources altogether: Corn, Cottonseed, Soy, Canola, Sugar (from Beets and Corn like Corn Syrup and HFCS) and their derivatives on the ingredient label Buy Organic (current guidelines to not allow Organic products to contain GMOs) Buy from companies that advertise “GMO-Free” or are “Non-GMO Project Verified” Buy Grass-Fed Meats; Pork, Beef, etc., Pastured; Dairy, Butter, Eggs and Poultry, -or- Organic Dairy, Butter, Meats and Poultry (otherwise these items are FED GMO’s which produce sick animals and nutrient deficient foods that contain GMOs through feeding).
Currently, “Organic” foods do not allow GMO’s and third party labeling that says “Non-GMO” is not GMO food.
Unless it says “Organic” or has the third party “NON-GMO” LABEL, you need to assume that the following items ARE Genetically Modified Organism foods (GMO’s):
- Soy – approximately 90% of crops
- Corn (not popcorn) – approximately 87% of crops
- Cottonseed (for Oil) – approximately 80% of crops
- Canola (for Oil) – approximately 80 % of crops Sugar Beets (for Sugar)
- Papaya (Hawaiian and Chinese)
- Zucchini Yellow Crookneck Squash
- Alfalfa (for Hay)
So, what ingredients on a label should you look for to avoid GMO’s? The list of ingredients (derivatives of the crops above) to look for is slightly more extensive. The List of GMO Processed food ingredients – unless it says “Organic”, “Non-GMO Project Verified”, “or “Non-GMO” include the following:
canola oil (rapeseed oil)
fructose (any form)
high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
hydrolyzed- vegetable protein
modified food starch
mono and diglycerides
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
soy protein isolate
sugar (unless “cane”)
textured vegetable protein
tocopherols (vitamin E)