How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods

Genetically Modified Foods

Avoiding genetically modified foods can seem like a difficult task. But with some research and a commitment to becoming GMO free, you can soon be eating a diet free of GMOs.

You must become familiar with the most common applications of genetic modification. When you are shopping for foods, follow these rules and you will be sure to eliminate the majority of GMO foods.

Buy food labeled 100% organic –

The US and Canadian governments do not allow manufacturers to label something 100% organic if that food has been genetically modified or been fed genetically modified feed. You may find that organic food is more expensive and different in appearance from conventional products.

Trusted Organic Certification institutions include QAI, Oregon Tilth, and CCOF. Look for their mark of approval on the label of the product.USDA Organic standards pale in comparison , do not consider a product 100% organic if it is only USDA Organic Certified.

Recognize fruit and vegetable label numbers. If it is a 4-digit number, the food is conventionally produced. If it is a 5-digit number beginning with an 8, it is GM. However, do not trust that GE foods will have a PLU identifying it as such, because PLU labeling is optional. [4] If it is a 5-digit number beginning with a 9, it is organic.

Purchase beef that is 100% grass-fed –

Most cattle in the U.S. are grass-fed, but spend the last portion of their lives in feedlots where they may be given GM corn, the purpose of which is to increase intramuscular fat and marbling. If you’re looking to stay away from GM0s, make sure the cattle were 100% grass-fed or pasture-fed (sometimes referred to as grass-finished or pasture-finished). The same applies to meat from other herbivores such as sheep. There is also the slight possibility that the animals were fed GM alfalfa, although this is less likely if you buy meat locally. With non-ruminants like pigs and poultry that cannot be 100% grass-fed, it’s better to look for meat that is 100% organic.

Seek products that are specifically labeled as non-GM or GMO-free –

However, it is rare to find products labeled as such. You can also research websites that list companies and foods that do not use genetically modified foods, [6], but be aware that information is often incomplete and conflicting interests may not be declared.

Shop locally –

Although more than half of all GM foods are produced in the US,[7] most of it comes from large, industrial farms. By shopping at farmers’ markets, signing up for a subscription from a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, or patronizing a local co-op, you may be able to avoid GM products and possibly save money at the same time.

Grow your own food –

This way you know exactly what was grown, and what went into growing it. Use Organic/Heirloom non-gmo seeds.

114 Comments on How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods

  1. Marie Berrill, there are some areas that have forced citizens to remove their front yard gardens although they have grown here for 20+ years. Our government is being run by corporations as Monsanto. It is getting more ridiculous every day!

  2. We all need to boycott this TPP. This thing is scary, and threatens our gardening freedom, generic drugs, labelling, and probably herbs and vitamins. We have to ban together big time against this HUGE worldwide TPP!

  3. Maybe we should challenge the naysayers by asking them to grow a small
    Patio garden and experience the awesomeness of great food .. Maybe a few articles about self sustainability and vegetable growing 101 might be good articles.. If these people are complaining organic is too expensive let’s teach them how to do it themselves.. Maybe even explain the benefits of canning… We need to go back to the ways or our ancestors who were completely responsible for growing their own food and making all their belongings…

  4. I honestly spend just as much on organic as i use to on name brand GMO crap. I love that my hard earned money goes to only trustworthy (non gmo)companies now. I don’t even use Fluoride any long. No tap water for me only spring. Boycotting these companies is the only way for a means to an end. Why suport compnaies who spend thousands to hide the fact they use GMO. I look for I.P.S. (ingredients, purpose, & source) I work Way to hard for my money for to be in the hands of crooks! I also only do local milk & meat. Got to stay local 😀

  5. E.f. Herne, I don’t have oncologists bills or any of that the other crap you spewed forth. I don’t buy prepackaged processed foods. But what I am is a single mom with a $200 a month budget for groceries. But thank you for putting the annihilation of hope on me. Yes, I am personally responsible for other ppl’s poor dietary choices. I guess if I said you come across like a fanatical, judgmental, narrow-minded, short-sighted, unsympathetic jerk I’d be wrong for that, huh? Well, I suppose I’ll just have to be wrong. Whatever. Next time get to know a person and their issues before you berate them for not thinking exactly like you. Oh, and btw, for the record, you can kiss my ignorant derriere, you piece of predicabo excrementum.

    • Until you have actually TRIED BUT FAILED to “afford” any buy REAL food, then you really have no right to “spew forth” any of your Negative Nancy crap that not only discourages people who might be willing to at least try, but it really shows your ignorance. I am also a single mother, of FOUR children, and I have made the switch for my family, successfully. With a lot of planning, sticking to a strict budget, it can be done. If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all. So go ahead, run away and unlike this page, JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE DIDN’T AGREE WITH YOU AND TOLD YOU THINGS YOU DIDN’T LIKE… only because IT’S THE TRUTH. You, and people like you aren’t welcome. BYE!

  6. That’s all well and good, but most ppl simply cannot afford to buy organic products. As a matter of fact, in this economy, a lot of ppl are just thankful to be eating. And yes, of course I realize the health factors, but sometimes the money to buy healthy just isn’t available. How then does a low income family avoid feeding their children poison? The answer, we aren’t meant to…..the powers that be want us gone. I’d be willing to bet that Monsanto execs don’t feed their children the crap they’re selling us. Hell, I’d even be willing to bet Michelle has given the White House kitchen staff very strict orders about what they buy and the food they prepare for her family. Ijs…. :-

    • Can you afford an oncologist? Radiation? Chemo Therapy? Do you REALLY “realize” the health impact? NO YOU DON’T. You are giving excuses attempting to validate eating poorly. HALF OF EATING RIGHT IS NOT EATING THE JUNK. With all the $$$ you save there, buy better food. Go to local farmers–they’re almost always very cheap. Do research–there is SUPER CHEAP organic food but YOU need to do the work to find it.

      Or don’t. Keep eating what you’re eating and look forward to Diabetes, obesity, Cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, Parkinson’s, chronic fatigue, MORE.

      1 out of 2 of YOU will drop from Cancer–those are the current numbers. Know the last time a U.S. President died of Cancer? 1885–Ulysses S. Grant. That’s because they know to eat right while YOU make excuses for why you can’t. Don’t post…really, you’re ANNIHILATING others desire to heal when you do. Eat badly sure, but keep it to yourself and stop spreading illogical logic on why you “can’t” do something. As soon as you say “I can’t” you NEVER WILL.

    • And remember, once you start eating REAL FOOD, that contains actual NUTRIENTS, your body will stop being in a perpetual state of starvation, which leads to ending the perpetual state of constantly feeling hungry. And THAT, will lead you to eat SMALLER PORTIONS to feel satisfied, and that means you won’t need to buy AS MUCH food as you’re used to buying. Bottom line… there’s no excuse to not at least try. And by the way, nobody appreciates a Negative Nancy.

    • “most ppl simply cannot afford to buy organic products” is nonsense.

      Food stamps count for double in most states’ farmers’ markets. Saved seed can be bought or swapped almost anywhere. What you save on expensive produce like herbs and cherry tomatoes by growing them yourself, you can spend on the difference to get “no spray” organic staples.

    • Actually I switched @ the beginning of the year& spend just as much. It’s def. A differnt lifestyle. I don’t go out to fast food for lunch. Instead I have to prepare meals. For my health. I am more than willing to make these kinds of sacrafices. I also am looking to make home remedies (tintures) its a much safe means of survival the way I see it.

    • The white house, FDA, & Monsanto only serve Organic in their cafeterias by the way. So yes that is true. (Michelle has her organic garden) This you should do in seasons you can. It makes a world of difference & is very therapeutic! 🙂

  7. Much poverty can be eliminated by promoting the consumption of locally grown
    greens, veggies and fruits. This would mean an improvement in health and a lessening
    in medical bills and medicines. Health is wealth is a very true statement in quality of life
    as well as in the pocketbook. Medical expenses and medicines are one of the principal
    causes of domestic poverty sometimes leading to loss of home and overall finances.

    The promotion could be carried out inexpensively with the cooperation of local schools.
    Fliers that encourage the consumption of local greens, veggies and fruits in English and
    Spanish at a cost of pennies per flier can be distributed to school children with much great
    effect now and for the future. Ten thousand fliers at five cents per copy is only $ 500, a very
    minor cost in relation to the very positive effect the promotion will have on many families
    and the community as a whole. The fliers could be distributed once a month in the schools
    during the school year.

    The children could be further encouraged by letting them create the images and words on the fliers with a monthly selection of the best flier of the month to be copied and distributed.

    The distribution of natural seeds to encourage growing greens and veggies at home could
    be a good compliment to the above suggestion.

  8. It’s easy when you care deeply and take the more positive approach. Rather than avoiding gmos think of it as giving all your love to the organic non-gmo farmer and companies that support labeling 🙂

  9. I can’t say I am 100% organic – likely not even close but I do try to avoid GMO. Because of my illness, I can’t eat many processed foods without risking getting sick. I buy a lot of fresh fruit and veggies and always check the sticker codes on them to see if they GMO or ‘conventionally grown’ (with fertilizers & pesticides). Also, I do check products I usually buy for their seed source, like the corn tortillas.

  10. Trusted Organic Certification institutions include QAI, Oregon Tilth, and CCOF. Look for their mark of approval on the label of the product.USDA Organic standards pale in comparison , do not consider a product 100% organic if it is only USDA Organic Certified.

  11. its is much easier than we realize and u will actually eat less food becuz the food u do eat is so much better for u. it takes the human body 2 weeks to completly renew itself every cell in ur body renews itself every 2 weeks…..the better material u begin to feed ur body to repair with the better u are going to begin to feel. i wouldnt drink milk unless u can milk it from the cow urself… if u can gather hunt pick or grow it. its going to be alot safer than anything u can buy from a store. drive around and look for farmers selling crops daily. i know their are alot of different options available in the lafayette area.

  12. You have to be sure your soil is not contaminated by herbicides and pesticides before you grow your own. No one seems to mention that? Buying local does not let you know how much synthetic fertilizer and how much pesticides are used unless you ask. You have to ask.

  13. There are some energy bars or protein bars, not sure how they are billed. Brand name ‘KIND” that are labeled NON-GMO. I have found them at WalMart in the pharmacy section with other protein bars. Delish!

  14. Instead of just living our lives we now have to spend enormous amounts of time to find foods that are non-toxic. To me it’s just plain ridiculous! I don’t want any apps or scanning around for proper foods for my family – I just want to be sure that ALL food is safe to eat! This is the US for crying out loud!!!

    • Yes it is, and we owe it to ourselves and our children to put up a fight! If we don’t take action now – imagine what we will be facing 10 years from now. All is not lost, we just have to be persistent and keep informing

  15. David I have an Android GS2. I have Buycott on my phone. The problem is suppose to b temporary. What happened is Buycott app servers could not keep up with requests through Google Play. I was lucky to get it b4 their servers crashed.

  16. BuyCott sucks because it’s not on Android, therefore, they’re only reaching half of the consumers right now, i love the idea, but I can’t even use it with an iPod Touch 4th Gen with the two cameras…

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