Genetically modified organisms (GMO) foods are found in 60-70 % of our food supply. The main sources of GMO foods are soy, canola, corn, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, zucchini, and yellow squash. Here are a few tips to help you avoid GMO foods.
When buying fresh produce look at the number (PLU code) and if it has an 8 at the end, it’s a GMO. Organic are not GM and the PLU code for organic proceeds with a 9.
Buy foods with the organic seal. It is especially important to buy dairy and soy organically. Organic foods are not allowed to be GMO. They also prohibit the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, synthetic substances, and antibiotics.
Buy locally. Most small farmers do not have the need to plant GMO foods. They are on a small scale and understand the need for growing safe produce.
Look for “non-GMO” on food labels. We will start seeing this more and more as GMO’s are seen as a health risk. The non-GMO project is a non-profit organization committed to testing for GMO products. Words like “No rBGH or rBST” or “artificial hormone-free” are all examples of GMO free foods.
Avoid common GMO foods unless they are a part of the Non-GMO shopping guide. Download the guide at the app store under shopnoGMO. The crops to avoid are conventional soy, canola, corn, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, zucchini, yellow squash, sugar (not pure cane sugar), and dairy. Buy these foods organic or locally.