Wednesday, February 19, 2014

How to Shop for GMO-free Food from Forbes Living TV

A genetically modified tomato

Like it or not, seventy-five percent of the food in the grocery store contains genetically modified ingredients, according to the Center for Food Safety. Forbes Living takes a look at what food is modified and how, as well as offering shopping tips for finding GMO-free food.

Corn and soybean ingredients and sugar and vegetable oils make up most of the commonly genetically engineered products. And astonishingly, some produce is also heavily modified such as zucchini. So how can the average healthy food shopper know which foods are GMO-free other than spending copious amounts of time reading food labels?

Buy organic food. It may cost a little bit more, but any food which is labeled organic is not legally permitted to have any genetically modified ingredients in it.

Buy food which is labeled “Non-GMO Project Verified.” The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization that provides a detailed, voluntary certification process so that food producers can test and verify that, to the best of their knowledge, they have avoided using GE ingredients in their products. 

What to watch for:
Sweet Corn – Most sweet corn sold in stores and farm stands is not genetically modified. But some varieties are so it’s better to get the organic kind.

Salmon – Normal salmon produce growth hormones only in the summer months. But the FDA is currently considering an application for a new kind which produces the growth hormone year round and grows at twice the normal rate. Again, Forbes Living TV suggests to get the organic variety or buy it fresh from the docks.

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