We are frequently asked: "how can I be certain of
avoiding GM food?"
As we leave the festive season we are pleased point visitors
to this important topic forwarded to us by Ron Baxter, Lancashire, UK.
With with best wishes for the 3rd millennium
to all our visitors.
16 Ways to avoid GM Food
1) READ THE PRODUCT LABELS
and avoid soya-based ingredients such as soya flour, Soya oil, vegetable
oil, lecithin and hydrolysed vegetable protein. And avoid maize-based
ingredients such as modified starch, cornflour, corn starch, corn oil
and polenta. Note: These ingredients are to be avoided simply because
there is no way of knowing if they
contain GM-Soya or GM-maize derivatives (unless of course the product
is guaranteed free of "all" GM
ingredients and derivatives, or is 'certified' organic).
2) GET YOUR FOOD FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE
Shop organic. Certified organic bread, milk, butter, fruit & vegetables,
baby foods, flour, vegetable oils, chocolate, ice-cream and fruit juices,
etc. are popular and prices have fallen: Available from organic suppliers,
wholefood shops, Safeway, Tesco and Sainsbury's. Look for the Soil Association
symbol, or a label with a UKROFS registration number. Favour organic wholefoods
3) CUT DOWN ON PROCESSED FOODS
because they are more likely to be affected by genetic modification. For
example, many brands of dairy products, cereals, jam, fruit juice, cooking
oil, sweeteners, slimming foods, beverages, wine and beer etc. are produced
with GM-enzymes. If you have any doubts about a particular product, contact
the manufacturer for assurance. Or else buy certified organic foods, or
wholefood products which are guaranteed GM-free.
4) HOME-MADE MEALS,
bread, cakes and cheese etc. are obviously healthier and more nutritious
than factory-made equivalents.
5) AVOID "fast food" restaurants
and "low budget" products because GM-foods are being introduced
into cheaper brands initially. For example: Kwik-Save's No Frills bread
and cheese products are affected by GM; Asda's Farm Stores products -
such as Farm Stores Baked Beans, Crisps, Chicken Curry, Vegetable Curry,
Chilli Con Carne, Mayonnaise, etc., are also affected.
6) BAKERY PRODUCTS
When buying bakery products such as bread, avoid "flour improver"
and "flour treatment agent", which may be a mixture of GM-enzymes
and additives. (The GM enzymes Alpha Amylase is sometimes listed on bakery
product labels and is best avoided).
7) AVOID margarine
Favour organic butter. For dairy-free diets favour GM-free sunflower spreads
etc., which are available from some wholefood shops.
8) DAIRY PRODUCTS
and meat from animals fed GM Soya and maize will not be labelled as such
- in spite of evidence that modified DNA can cross the gut wall and enter
spleen, liver and white blood cells. Favour organic milk, butter, cream
and cheese etc.
can contain GM-Soya lecithin, and "vegetable fat" and "whey"
which are affected by GM. So favour organic chocolate. Green & Black's
have a policy of using GM-free lecithin and avoiding all GM ingredients.
lecithin is Soya lecithin. Its E number is E322.
10) SHOP WITH CARE
because Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) produced from GM-organisms was last year
approved for use in the UK. Riboflavin is used in baby foods, breakfast
cereals, soft drinks and slimming foods etc.
11) REGARDING HEALTH FOOD SUPPLEMENTS
vitamins and medicines: check with the manufacturer, as some ingredients
may be produced by biotechnology. In the USA, the GM food supplement Tryptophan
killed 37 consumers and permanently
disabled 1,500 more. Boots the Chemist recently admitted that their pharmaceutical
products are affected by GM . All pharmaceuticals must now be under suspicion:
contact the manufacturer to inquire about specific products. For the last
ten years there have been reports of a GM version of human insulin causing
problems in diabetics who happily used animal insulin for years.
12) IS IT REALLY GM-FREE?
When contacting a manufacturer to enquire if a particular product is GM-free,
ask them to confirm that the product contains - "no genetically modified
ingredients or derivatives, as was not produced using GM-derived enzymes".
Ask for written confirmation rather than relying on a verbal assurance.
All Canadian honey is now suspect, as traces of oilseed rape DNA have
already been detected in several brands. Many brands of honey sold in
the UK are a mixture of honeys from various countries, including Canada.
So if the label on a jar of honey states: "Imported honey",
or: "Product of more than one country", then it is advisable
to avoid these, or to contact the manufacturer to enquire as to the country
of origin. FAVOUR ORGANIC HONEY as attempts are made to preserve wide
margins between hives and GM or
14) DRIED FRUIT.
Many brands of dried fruit, including raisins, sultanas, currants, dates
- and even dried fruit in some breakfast cereals - are coated with oil
derived from GM Soya Favour organic brands of dried fruit, or brands that
don't list "'vegetable oil" on the label (available from wholefood
Avoid all imported foods from America and Canada because these countries
are much further down the biotech road than we are. Products to avoid
include all fruit and vegetables, ice-cream, milk, milk powder, butter,
soy sauce, chocolate, popcorn, chewing gum, health foods, vitamins, and
cotton and denim clothing.
Holidaying in America or Canada will almost certainly involve consuming
GM food on a regular basis (including GM fresh fruit and vegetables).
Most hotels, restaurants and theme parks are affected - including Disney
theme parks. Favour alternative destinations; go self-catering, and avoid
processed and packet foods wherever possible. Most in-flight meals, snacks.
sweets and fizzy drinks may be affected by GM. Write to the directors
of airline companies, and the large hotel chains; demand food that is
free from GM ingredients and derivatives. British Airways need some persuasion
to go GM-free. Write to: The Chief Executive, British Airways, Waterside,
Drayton, UB7 OGB. Fax: 0208-759-9597.
(Source: GM Foods and How to Avoid Them -)