How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods

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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

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.

12 Comments on How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods

  1. Consumers have a right to know what is in the food they eat and everything should be labeled correctly but due to corrupt practices of the USDA and other so called certified stuff we can no long trust it! Yes we have to do our homework………….nothing modified goes into my mouth anymore!

  2. John F. Carroll I don't believe 7-11 Nachos with yellow cheese like substance fit the bill, unfortunately. I should have known when a squirrel wouldn't eat one that I dropped under the tree for him…. without the yellow stuff, of course.

  3. Geralyn Reed

    learn to hunt , wild life is pretty much GMO free and it only costs the price of a hunting license. We get at least 3 deer, several squirrel , fish, and rabbit to fill our freezer. I grow my own garden of veggies and we have several fruit trees , we also are wildcrafters who go out and find edible weeds to eat.

  4. Jennifer Racey Hearn

    Mike, you're right. In some areas organic is hard to find. But the more everyone buys/asks/requests organic, the more the demand. As that happens organic will be easier to find.

  5. Dawn Herrmann

    This is great in theory, but realistically I can't afford to buy organic. I do buy what I can from local farmers but work on eating a balanced diet, and supplement with natural vitamins and herbal supplements. As far as Connie Moorhead's comment about wild game…it is still one of the absolute healthiest proteins out there, and way tastier than tofu or soybeans!

  6. Sharon Maxwell

    Organic fruit and produce is only slightly higher in cost at my local grocery. It is like all items in the produce section of the store. Some are priced low and some are take-advantage-of-the-customer pricing. Make note of the pricing and hone in on the great priced items, it's there.

  7. Sharon Maxwell

    I pay more each week for organic apples. My family will not peel the pesticide saturated, wax sealed apples. For their protection, I spend a $1 more per pound for organic. I try to avoid GMO's and pesticides as much as possible. My husband is a big Kelloggs cereal eater. I have brought in Kashi organic wheat biscuits. My local grocery store runs the two for $5 deals, so I can stock up. Kelloggs is almost $5 per box lately and is full of GMO's. Good bye Raisin Bran.

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