Papayas –half the Hawaiian crop, virus resistant gene
Farm raised salmon –genes to make larger, faster growing fish engineered into salmon, but not yet released commercially; may also be fed GE corn, soy, canola
Animal feed may contain GM soy, corn,
alfalfa hay, cotton or canola oil or meal: Dairy & meat - GE hormone rBGH (rBST) injected into cows; feeds listed above. Grass- or pasture-finished animals less likely to have GM contents than animals fed conventional feed until slaughter. Organic animal products must be fed organic feed and given time in pasture.
Eggs –most poultry feed probably contains GMOs listed above unless certified organic. 100% organic means feed was non GMO. "Free-range", "natural", or "cage-free" may not be GM-free. Eggs must be organic to assure no GM.
Links to Updated NON-GMO Verified Brands
For complete non-GMO shopping guides that include current NON-GMO Project VERIFIED brands, go to links above. They have apps and updates to smart phones. This short list was compiled and produced by Jan Dietrick, MPH, for patients who have just learned about GMOs and need quick help figuring out how to avoid them by reading labels, inquiring to manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and staying current with other guides. Rev 1/5/12
peanut butter, soy or seed butters (look for 100% peanuts, nuts or seeds, organic or Trader Joe's label)
pet food – except organic and Trader Joe's brand
popcorn-already popped or pop and serve
sauces: teriyaki, Worcestershire, shoyu, soy, sweet and sour, tamari
seasoning blends (check label)
soft drinks (not all, but check label)
spices (some add soy-based smoothing & anti-caking agents, such as to garlic powder, ground cinnamon, chili powder)
yogurt products (some)
Read labels and look
for ingredients made
from soy & corn
A GMO (genetically modified organism) is an organism that has genes from another organism inserted into its DNA. The foreign genes are transferred, commonly from bacteria or fungi to plants or animals, by a laboratory genetic engineering (GE) process that does not happen through natural breeding.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine position paper calls for a moratorium on GM foods and recommends that doctors prescribe a non-GM diet for their patients. “GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health.”
Other educational materials downloadable at:
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Ways to Avoid GMOs
(Genetically modified organisms) Food labeled organic means the farmer did not knowingly use genetically engineered (GE) seed; there is no spot or random testing. A label might say Made with Organic Ingredients in which case 70% of ingredients must be organic, but all must be non-GMO. Unintentional contamination of corn and soy could be significant.
NON-GMO labels are scarce but increasing very rapidly. Some are incomplete or misleading. "GMO-Free" is not reliable. "NON-GMO Project VERIFIED" label checks all ingredients and tests require .9% or less GM ingredients. Non-GMO Project Verified products might not meet organic standards. http://www.nongmoproject.org.
Processed foods with lowest risk ofinsecticides, herbicides and GMOs are 100% organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. PLU label numbers on produce are voluntary: if it is a 4-digit number, it is conventionally grown; if a 5-digit number beginning with an 8, it is GM, and if a 5-digit number beginning with a 9, it is organic, which tends to have on average more nutritional factors and antioxidants.
Meat, dairy, eggs with lowest risk of all forms of contaminationare from animals fed 100% organic feed and grass-finished or pasture-finished for meat; grass-fed supplemented with 100% organic feed for dairy cows; free-range or cage-free with 100% organic feed for poultry and swine These animal products have by far the healthiest fats, antioxidants, and other nutritional factors.
Shop locally, cook from scratch, grow food. Support small local farms that offer grains and meat. Use recipes for vegan dishes, such as those made with grains, legumes, seeds, potatoes, winter squash. Food from your garden is not GM unless you buy GM seed or are near a farm or test plot that may spread GM pollen.
Ask when eating outfor suggestions of items with no GMOs. They generally don't know, but start a dialog.
Kosher food for Passover does not contain soy or soy additives.