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Millions of consumers are concerned over current legislation approving Genetically Modified alfalfa. GM corn use for ethanol has also been approved and farmers will be allowed to plant GM sugar beets . What can we do when legislation fails us?
GMO Alfalfa: Plan B
“Now we need an action plan. Enter Alfalfa: Plan B. It’s time to use our collective power to move the market directly. It’s time we let the food companies know that we have new healthier criteria if they want to keep us as customers. And front and center in those new criteria is to commit to no GM alfalfa in their supply chain (which is used as animal feed, particularly to dairy cows).
– Jeffrey Smith, activist and GMO educator
As consumers we have the potential for tremendous power to change the food supply. Send a letter now to food companies directly through the Institute for Responsible Technology telling them you will not buy products with GM ingredients.
While you are there make sure to subscribe to the Institute of Responsible Technology’s newsletter to stay informed on Genetically Modified Foods and future action alerts.
How to Avoid GMOs
- Buy organic – certified organic products are unable to use GM ingredients.
- Buy products that are labeled non-GMO.
- Buy products listed on a non-gmo shopping guide. Download the Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you identify foods that contain GMOs, also available as an iPhone App.
- Avoid at risk ingredients:
- “The Big 4” – soy (91% estimated percentage that is genetically modified), corn (85%), cotton (71%), and canola (88%). All are present in most processed foods, especially vegetable oils.
- Hawaiian Papaya (More than 50% estimated to be GM).
- Zucchini and crookneck squash (small amount)
- Sugar Beets (90% GM)
- Other possible sources to avoid:
- Vegetable oils (like corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, and cottonseed oil) and margarines.
- Soy flour, soy protein soy lecithin, soy isoflavones, TVP, tofu, tamari, tempeh, soy supplements.
- High-fructose corn syrup, corn starch, dextrose, maltodextrin, and all corn derivatives.
- Meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed (and the majority of the GM corn and soy is used for feed).
- Food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet®) and rennet used to make hard cheeses;
The Institute for Responsible Technology has a full list of foods that may contain GM ingredients on their website.
For more information on the dangers of GMOs read my post on How to Avoid Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods.
US Approves Genetically Modified Alfalfa – New York Times
USDA Partially Deregulates GM Sugar Beets, Defying Court Order – Grist
New GMO Corn Variety for Ethanol Production Gets USDA Approval – Organic Authority
Why Aren’t GMO Foods Labeled – New York Times
This post is linked to Food Renegade | Fight back Friday.