How to Avoid GMOs
It’s not hard to avoid GMO if you learn to read labels, understand the most likely ones to be GMO crops, and start shopping locally. The more consumers insist on non-GMO products, the more food producers will answer the call. If GMO products are left rotting on the shelves they will get the message. Until then, here are some tips to avoid GMOs.
* Eat organic – Certified organic products do not allow GMOs to be called “organic”; therefore you can be sure that items you eat that are certified organic are not using GMO crops. You can rest assured that by eating certified organic products you’re avoiding GMOs.
* Read labels – The Non-GMO Project Verified seal is a third party verification system that shows a product is made without intentionally using GMOs. The Certified Organic label can only be given to a product for a company who has proven to use approved organic practices which excuse the use of GMOs.
* Avoid processed food – Processed food has a high level of GMOs and GMO crop by-products like high-fructose corn syrup. If you avoid processed foods, you can avoid a lot of GMO products – especially corn, soy and their by-products. Plus, by simply avoiding processed foods you’ll be healthier in other ways too.
* Grow your own – It doesn’t take much yard to grow your own organic crops. You can use containers on a patio, practice square foot gardening in a small patch of yard, and even grow some crops inside with grow lights. Growing a small garden doesn’t take much effort and can save money and ensure non-GMO production.
* Eat plant based – By focusing on a plant-based diet, and buying organic, you can virtually eliminate any issues with GMOs invading your food. Corn, papaya, edamame, zucchini and yellow squash are the most likely crops to be GMO; only buy organic of these crops and you’ll be fine.
* Source animal products carefully – You can find organic and Non-GMO Project Verified milk, cheese, eggs, meat and fish. It will be more costly, but it will be better for your family if you eat animal products. Remember “grass fed” doesn’t mean non-GMO; it must be Certified Organic or carry the Non-GMO Project Verified label.
* Eat frozen veggies and fruit – Believe it or not, frozen fruit and veggies are good for you. They are often frozen within hours of picking and are often really fresher than their non-frozen counterparts on the shelf. Again, read the label and choose organic.
* Know which dry grains to choose – To cook for your family, avoid corn and soy and choose dry beans, grains, nuts and seeds without the additives that can be found in canned processed foods.
Remember that food producers are not required to provide labeling on food that tells you whether or not GMOs are present. Assume they are GMO unless they’ve gone through the expense and trouble to prove otherwise with USDA Certified Organic labeling or by obtaining the Non-GMO Project Verified seal.