Tips For Finding Non-GMO Foods
January 23, 2014

Tips For Finding Non-GMO Foods

Many people are interested in genetically modified (GMO) foods. Some are interested because they want to avoid these foods while others see potential benefits. For the sake of full disclosure, I tend to lean more toward the former group, personally, although I am not completely against GMO foods. Really, I just prefer my foods to be all natural and organic whenever possible.

This is a complicated issue. On the one hand, GMO foods allow farmers to grow more. On the other, though, the foods no longer are natural, as grown from Mother Nature. I totally see both sides of this debate, but I like my foods all natural whenever at all possible.

redOrbit recently reported about non-GMO foods explaining that a “on-GMO food is a food that has not had its genetic material (DNA) artificially altered in a laboratory using the techniques of genetic engineering. The reasons for altering the DNA of a food plant or animal usually involve making it more resistant to pests or herbicides, better able to withstand harsh weather conditions, or even improving its nutrient profile.” In the article, redOrbit explains some tips to help educate those interested in avoiding non-GMO foods.

1) Look for the “Non GMO Project” Seal

The “NON GMO Project” seal can be found on foods that have “voluntarily submitted to testing by one of the leading non-profit groups in the fight for a GMO-free world.” So, these foods have proven to be non-GMO.

2) Buy “Certified Organic” Labeled Foods

In order to be certified organic, the food manufacturer cannot knowingly include GMO foods in the products. Obviously, this means that the “Certified Organic” label also means certified non-GMO.

3) Avoid the At-Risk GMO Ingredients

If the “Non GMO Project” seal or the “Certified Organic” label are not present, then avoid the foods most likely to be genetically modified. I wrote an article that listed some of these foods:

  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Soy
  • Dairy
  • Cotton
  • Oils (like Canola)
  • Papayas
  • Sugar
  • Animal Feed
  • Salmon
  • Golden Rice
  • Squash
  • Sugar Beets
  • Potatoes

Now, not all of these foods are genetically modified, but most are so it is important to check the labels and look for the seals if you are someone who wants to avoid GMO foods.

Genetic modification of our foods still produces much debate. Some say that there is nothing wrong with GMO foods while others claim that genetic modification is really bad for human consumption. redOrbit has provided a great basis for beginners interested in understanding GMO foods as well as those interested in avoiding them. It has become increasingly more difficult to avoid GMO foods, but with a little education we can do our best to only eat all-natural, organic foods.

The redOrbit article closed with some helpful information:

“For more information about non-GMO foods, visit the Non-GMO Project’s website. And if you need more help navigating your non-GMO food options in the supermarket, try downloading one of the various smartphone apps available, like ShopNoGMO for the iPhone. Finally, redOrbit’s own Brett Smith recently offered some in-depth advice of his own on how to avoid GMO foods.”

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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