Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)
Genetically Modified (GM) foods are foods that have had their genetic makeup altered. These changes can result in the expression of attributes not found in the original organism.
Examples of products that have been genetically engineered are tomatoes made resistant to rotting, corn and rice made resistant to certain pesticides, squash made resistant to certain viruses and potatoes made resistant to certain beetles.
These products are more likely to be genetically modified:
- Sugar beets
If a product contains any of these, be aware:
GM Corn Derivatives
Malt, malt extract, malt syrup, maltodextrin, starch, sorbitol, food starch, dextrin, baking powder, monosodium glutamate (MSG), mono-and diglycerides, and modified food starch.
GM Soy Derivatives
Most mismo, teriyaki marinades, tempeh, soy sauce, tofu, shoyu, tamari, soy beverages, lecithin, soy lecithin, margarine, textured vegetable protein, soy protein isolate or protein isolate, confectioner's sugar and many non-stick sprays (they may contain soy lecithin).
Buy FRESH and HOME GROWN as Much as Possible.
Look at the produce sticker
The stickers on fruit and vegetables contain different PLU (Price Look-Up) codes depending on whether the produce was conventionally grown, organically grown or genetically modified.
The PLU code for conventionally grown produce consists of four numbers.
Organically grown produce consists of five numbers prefaced by a 9.
GM produce consists of five numbers prefaced by the number 8.