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10 ways to avoid GMOs
1. Buy USDA-certified organic food. This is the best way to assure your food is GMO-free. Genetic engineering (GE) foods cannot be labeled as “certified organic” or “made with organic ingredients” It’s the law.
2. Avoid all non-organic soy products. Products like non-organic veggie burgers, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and miso products. Soy unless certified organic, these soy foods are likely to be GMO: miso, soy sauce/tamari/shoyu, teriyaki marinades, soy milk, tempeh, textured vegetable protein (TVP), soy protein isolate, lecithin and soy lecithin. Be aware that margarine, mayonnaise and salad dressings may also include lecithin.
3. Don’t buy anything that claims to be “non-dairy” that isn’t organic. Soy is used to create everything from Cool Whip to Coffee-Mate…in addition to the obvious non-dairy soy treats in your health-food store freezer.
4. Milk and dairy: Dairy cattle often feed on alfalfa hay, which can be genetically engineered. So, non-organic dairy is likely to contain GMOs. Cows that produce non-organic milk also may be treated with a GE growth hormone called rBGH.
Oils: Avoid canola or cottonseed oils unless they’re organic or non-GMO.
5. Don’t eat anything with corn in it that isn’t organic. Unless certified organic, these corn-based ingredients are likely to be GMO: corn oil, corn starch, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, food starch/modified food starch, sorbitol, malt, dextrin, mono- and diglycerides, baking powder (try the corn-free “Featherweight”), confectioners’ sugar, monosodium glutamate, and vitamins that do not state “corn-free.”That means corn chips, cereals with corn popcorn ect.
6. Do not eat anything with high-fructose corn syrup also anything labeled “corn sugar”
7. Don’t eat any meat, fish, poultry, or eggs unless they’re certified organic. Because farmers feed their animals GMO grown feed.
The Non-GMO Project is the first independent, third-party certifier to establish Best Practices and testing throughout the supply chain to ensure non-GMO product claims. Look for the Project’s butterfly seal on food &product packages.
9. Beware of ingredients such as sugar.
Unless a product is organic or specifically lists “pure cane sugar” or “dehydrated cane juice,” it may contain sugar from GE sugar beets.
10. Get involved & make others aware! Post on the social media sites. Post this on your Facebook page. Fight for a change and promote organic!!!! Vote YES on I-522 November 2013.