Eating Local & Organic » avoiding GMOs Food News and The Kitchen Sink Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:28:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 6 Ways To Avoid Eating GMOs Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:26:36 +0000 Laura If you don’t live in a country that’s banned Genetically Modified food, it can be difficult to keep track of what foods are GM and what foods aren’t. The most important thing you can do to avoid eating GMOs is to become familiar with foods or ingredients that are commonly GM. Having that information is a step in the right direction, but there’s more you can do including buying food from local farmers you trust.

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Infographic: Natural News. Top GMO foods.

Know Your Food

In her article for Prevent Disease Natasha Longo talks about how education and changes to how and where you buy your food can help you avoid eating GMOs.

It’s almost impossible to avoid all GMO foods, however educating yourself can make a big difference in the percentage of foods you purchase as a consumer.

Natasha’s list includes:

  • becoming familiar with common foods that are genetically modified
  • understanding the labeling codes on fruits and vegetables
  • buying 100% grass-fed beef
  • buying local food
  • sticking to whole foods
  • growing your own food

Read the full article here.

And, thankfully, there are now a couple of apps to help make it even easier to avoid GMO food. Buycott is an app that helps you avoid foods (by scanning the bar code) that violate campaigns you’re aligned with, GMO labeling in this case. Fooducate, which has a mission to “eliminate nutrition label confusion,” also has an app that you can use to scan products while you’re shopping and will alert you if there are possible GM ingredients in the food.

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What Is GMO? Sat, 18 May 2013 13:49:31 +0000 editors Are you one of those people that thinks that without GMO food we would have worms in our tomatoes and tomato paste? Does your friend or loved one think this way? Well, we’re going to shed some light on this subject and explain just what GMO is and how it’s made–or should we say engineered.

Genetically Modified Organisms and How They Got That Way

This is an excellent video from Media Roots that tells you everything you need to know about what a GMO is and how it got that way. To explain this let’s talk about a tomato. In a nutshell what happens is a virus “promoter” gene, usually the Cauliflower Mosaic virus which causes tumors on plants (nice, huh?), is used to get a modified gene (soil bacteria + e. coli) into the cells of the tomato plant. Voila! Now the tomato is a Genetically Modified Organism and the process of creating the modified gene and getting it into the plant is called Genetic Engineering.

The idea behind GMOs was to modify plants so you could grow them out of season (winter) and in locations where they wouldn’t normally grow (desert). While those intentions sound good the problem is that these bacteria and virus DNA don’t just pass through human beings. The foreign DNA ends up inside the good bacteria in our gut that’s responsible for digestion.

Watch the Future of Food documentary if you’d like to know more about how genetically engineered food has found its way into our grocery stores and on our tables.

The full documentary is available here.

And just released,  May 2013, is a new smartphone app called Buycott that gives you the ability to boycott a food if it’s company or parent company(s) have donated more than $150,000 to block GMO labeling legislation. Read more about Buycott here.

Share this with your family and friends so they’ll be better informed about what GMOs are, how they’re made, and how they can make better product choices with Buycott!


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A Documentary About Genetically Modified Foods In America Wed, 17 Apr 2013 23:34:37 +0000 Laura Genetic Roulette is a film from The Institute for Responsible Technology that talks about how genetically engineered food came to be. How we as a society have been affected by it. How health conditions have been on the rise ever since its introduction into the food supply in 1996. But there is hope as the doctors and scientists in the film tell us–the effects of GMOs can be reversed. And we can create the change we want and get food manufacturers to respond to by getting rid of the GMOs in their products.

What is a GMO and How Did it Get Here?

The film starts out by describing what a GMO is and how it’s created, what it does to our bodies and our health. Watch the trailer or go to Genetic Roulette Movie and view it with a donation of $2.99. Who knows? You might even get involved with other like-minded people in your area!

And the best part is at the end when the speakers in the documentary talk about how we can be a force to reckon with by not buying products that have GMOs–manufacturers will respond when their bottom line is affected.

Since there is no still no requirement to label products that have GMOs, or their derivatives, the best way for you to avoid eating them is to use the Non-GMO Shopping Guide. It also includes the derivatives of GM ingredients such as aspartame and modified food start. And they have an iPhone app that you can use to help you make food decisions while you’re shopping.

The three things that you can do to avoid eating GMOs are:

  1. Buy Organic–certified Organic
  2. Avoid soybeans, canola, cottonseed, corn, and sugar from sugar beets
  3. Buy products from manufacturers listed in the Non-GMO Shopping Guide

Although it might seem like you’re stepping through a mine field trying to find products that are GMO-free, take heart. As more and more companies join in with the Non-GMO Project and commit to making products that are free of genetically engineered ingredients, it will get easier. Remember what it was like for people needing gluten-free products? At first there was almost nothing and now major companies are catering to that market demand.

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