Non-GMO or GMO-Free Food Lists and Genetically Modified Organism Information Sources

by happynutritionist

GMO means "genetically modified organisms". How are the foods modified and why should they be avoided? Let me share, plus provide a source for GMO free food lists.

GMO foods are genetically engineered or genetically modified foods. This is done in the laboratory by inserting foreign genes into the DNA of our food sources, whether they be animal or plant food sources.

Once altered in this way, the resulting foods are called "Genetically Modified Organisms". Personally, I'd like to think I'm eating food, not something that sounds like science fiction.

The sources for genes that can be inserted into the DNA of the things that we grow to eat, whether it be animal or crop, can include genes taken from insects, other animals, viruses, humans and bacteria. The idea is to alter the crop or animal to make it grow better, last longer, produce more, resist diseases, resist things that are in the soil that man has put their like certain pesticides, and you'll discover more as you read on.

Since it is not required to label foods that are genetically altered, education is necessary. In reality, it is hard to avoid ALL genetically altered food, but you can do the best you can to find foods that are GMO free, and I hope to help by providing you with information below.

by Claudia Meydrech aka happynutritionist
New on Wizzley June 2015 - Updated 11/16/16

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According to current guidelines, Organic food products should not contain GMOs

Labels should say "Non-GMO" or "Organic" - though not required, seek them out

The FDA and government do not require that foods that contain GMOs label them as such, but since there is so much concern about this issue, many are voluntarily labeling their foods "GMO-Free" or "Non-GMO". I would be inclined to support such companies.

Look for indications as to whether the entire product is GMO-Free, or just an ingredient in the product. There are some ingredients that are more inclined to contain GMOs than others, for example corn and soy, so the manufacturers may just mention that the soy contained is GMO-Free...but what about the other ingredients? Become a label reader and add this to your list of things to look for.

When you search for GMO free food, you must read about each item carefully. Note that a food cannot pass organic standards if it is genetically modified or contains genetically modified organisms.

 

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The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Pu...

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GMO OMG

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Most Common GMO Containing Food Ingredients...

Avoid them unless ORGANIC or claim to be GMO Free

1. Corn and anything with any kind of corn in it

2. Soy and anything with any kind of soy in it

3. Cotton and Cottonseed Oil

4. Canola Oil aka Rapeseed Oil

5. Some beet sugars, watch your labels

6. Sugar - Suspect sugar that does not say 100% cane sugar

...and the Organic Alternatives

Libby's Organic Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

Organic whole kernel sweet corn.

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Bob's Red Mill Organic Soy Beans, 24-Ounce (Pack of 4)

Soy Beans, always a popular natural food, are used in a multitude of ways-as a meat, cheese, or milk substitute.

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Whole Harvest Non-GMO Canola Oil, 128 Fluid Ounce

Non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil. Naturally processed canola oil using similar methods to olive oil production.

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Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Fair Trade Cane Sugar, 10 Pound

Wholesome Sweeteners Fairtrade Organic Sugar is made from certified organic sugar cane grown in South America. The cane juice, rich in molasses, vitamins and minerals, is squeez...

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GMO-Free Fruits and Vegetables

Buy Local - We love shopping at local Farmer's Markets

Some claim that, at least at present, most, but not all, of the fruits and vegetables grown in the United States are GMO-Free.

I am going to have to do a little research on our amazingly sweet Jersey Corn, it is so delicious! You should research your source of yellow and green squash as well (zucchini and crookneck), as some of it is known to be genetically modified.

About 50% of Hawaii's papayas are genetically modified. Remember, organic foods, a sampling of which follows for all ages, are not genetically modified.

The Monsanto link to GMOs has become an important issue - Very EYE-OPENING Video, please view!

Consider this - Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, is making a lot of money genetically altering crops like corn and soybeans so that they are resistant to the very herbicides that they create, as well as adding pesticide genes to crops so that they are resistant to insects. I am explaining this to the best of my ability, please view the video for further understanding.

This is NOT just a United States problem, it is and INTERNATIONAL problem as you'll see in the video below.

Here is one scenario explained briefly to make you think. Corn fields are planted with seeds from plants that are genetically altered by adding GMO's that are resistant to certain chemical herbicides...the products used to kill weeds. This would mean that herbicides could then be used to clear fields of weeds, but the genetically altered corn would not be affected and would continue to grow.

There are many health concerns related to the eating genetically modified foods...how can there not be? The following video is a must-see.

GMO vs Non-GMO Meat Alternatives

A concern because of Soy

Since Soy beans are high on the list of foods that are highly likely to be genetically modified, and Soy is used in many things, including as a meat substitute, products that contain it are more likely to contain GMOs.

If the items to the right are not labeled as Organic, then they may contain GMO ingredients.

Morinu Organic Silken Tofu, Firm, 12.3 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Morinaga Nutritional Foods, Inc. (MNF) is a manufacturer of soy products based on Torrance, CA USA. We produce the popular Mori-Nu Silken Tofu brand, a line of silken tofu widel...

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Soy Dream Organic Soymilk, Enriched Original, 32 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Soy Dream is making dreams a reality by providing healthy and delicious alternatives to dairy products, combined with the heart-healthy benefits of soy. We offer a wide array of...

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Printable List of Monsanto Owned Producers of Food

 

 

If a company is owned fully or partially by Monsanto, it stands to reason that their products will contain genetically modified organisms...realfarmacy.com provides this list for reference when you are shopping:

 

> Click here and print for reference when shopping <

 

Printable Non-GMO Shopping Guide

 

In spite of our best efforts, due to many factors, it is very hard to be 100% sure that any foods are completely GMO free, but doing the things suggested on this page will increase the likelihood tremendously.

 

> Download the Non-GMO Shopping Guide Here <

 

Do You Avoid Foods Altered by Genetic Engineering?

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sheilamarie on 06/20/2015

It's shocking what the simple act of eating has become. Unless we are on our toes, we could be subjected to all kinds of questionable and toxic ingredients. I buy locally as much as possible and do read where food comes from as well as the ingredients.

candy47 on 06/14/2015

I'm not much of a label reader because I don't buy processed foods and I try to get most of my produce from local farmers. Yes I do avoid GMO's!

How to find GMO Free Fish, Eggs and Meat

When it comes to genetically modified meat, there are no approved GMO meats. Unless the animal has been fed genetically modified grains, which many have, the meat should generally be fine. You are safe if cattle and other animals bred for meat are grass-fed, such as Organic Prairie or Vital Choice brands. Remember, we are only focusing on GMO's here, there are other things to consider with meat, like whether antibiotics have been added to the feed and more, but our focus is on genetically modified foods.

Fish that is caught in the wild should be fine, farm-raised fish should be researched.

The following Eggs are among those that contain no GMOs:

Organic Egg Innovations
Nest Fresh Organic
Organic Valley
Land o' Lakes Organic
Organic Eggland's Best

Educate Yourself on the Important Issue of Genetic Engineering

There are many resources on this page to get you started
Shedding Light on Genetically Engineered Food: What You Don’t Know ...
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happynutritionist on 07/22/2015

@burntchestnut I wish the same too, other countries are banning such things, I don't know why we don't as well..then again, it is almost always money. And if the change is made to not grow such things, the soil would have to be reconditioned in some way.

AngelaJohnson on 07/20/2015

I only hope that enough people understand about GMO foods and avoid them, which gives farmers a chance to grow organic food and still make a living.

happynutritionist on 07/09/2015

@DerdriuMarriner You are so right, we have to look at each ingredient and determine whether it is GMO Free, especially if the packaging is not labeled as GMO Free.

happynutritionist on 07/09/2015

I hope so, it can be overwhelming keeping up with all that is going wrong with our food supply. Thank you for visiting.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/23/2015

happynutritionist, Some hidden GM ingredients can have such seemingly innocent sounding names, so your link to the Non-GMO Shopping Guide is especially helpful.

sheilamarie on 06/20/2015

Thanks for this helpful article. You are helping to spread information that will help many people.

happynutritionist on 06/14/2015

Thank you @candy47

candy47 on 06/14/2015

Great article Claudia. Sharing on Facebook.

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