• October is Non-GMO month

    Posted on October 8, 2013 by Elaine in Cancer Fighting, Tastes just like..., Thoughts and Musings.

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    is this cherry a (GMO) Genetically modified organism? (Photo credit: Kalexanderson)

    Started in 2010, every October is Non-GMO month.

    It is a reminder to be wary of food items that you ingest that may have been altered by biotechnology.  It is a month to support open labeling of food items that have been produced with GMOs, genetically modified organisms.  GMOs are created through the gene splicing technique, merging DNA of different species.  This can create unstable, unsafe, unhealthy organisms in our foods.   GMOs have been linked to cause health problems and currently there is no mandatory labeling system required.

    Click here for a list of brands and foods that have been officially verified by the Non-GMO project to be GMO free.

    Here is a list of food items likely to have GMOs:

    High-Risk Crops (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):

    • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
    • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
    • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
    • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
    • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
    • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
    • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
    • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

    ALSO high-risk: animal products (milk, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) because of contamination in feed.

    Monitored Crops (those for which suspected or known incidents of contamination have occurred, and those crops which have genetically modified relatives in commercial production with which cross-pollination is possible; we test regularly to assess risk, and move to “High-Risk” category for ongoing testing if we see contamination):

    • Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
    • Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, Siberian kale)
    • Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi)
    • Curcubita (acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan)
    • Flax
    • Rice
    • Wheat

    Click here for more info directly from the Non-GMO project website.

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