|Look for this seal on packaging, if you want to avoid GMOs --genetically modified organisms -- in organic and non-organic food.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
Millions of words have been written about genetically modified organisms in food, but many consumers still are in the dark about the dangers GMOs pose to them and the environment.
That's why it's important to buy organic or to look for the seal of the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit "committed to building and preserving sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices."
I've learned crops raised with genetically modified seeds involve the heavy use of pesticides and chemicals that are harmful to humans, as well as to farmland and the water supply.
Buying 100% organic, certified organic and USDA organic-labeled products is usually the easiest way to identify and avoid genetically modified ingredients.
The U.S. and Canadian governments do not allow companies to label products "100%/ certified organic," if they contain genetically modified foods.
Still, the United States is not among the 61 countries that already have mandatory labeling of food with genetically engineered ingredients.
"The GMO Deception" is a book available online that promises to tell you "what you need to know about the food, corporations and government agencies putting our families and our environment at risk."
See the chart from the Non-GMO Project at the end of this post for other information on the battle against genetically modified seed and food.
|Described as a GMO film thriller, "Consumed" is available on Netflix.|
|Dole 100% Pineapple Juice from the Costco Wholesale Business Center in Hackensack is labeled "NON GMO" by the company. The metal cans also are BPA free.|
|Lundberg Organic Brown Long Grain Rice carries the seal of the Non-GMO Project. The California-grown rice is available on Amazon.com.|
|Organic baby spinach and organic spring mix, above and below, are sold at Costco Wholesale.|
|Luigi Vitelli-brand Organic Whole Wheat Fusilli or spirals and other shapes are available at ShopRite in Paramus.|
|Two dozen organic eggs from Costco Wholesale in Teterboro are only $6.99.|