Did you know that 80% of packaged foods have ingredients that are DNA-manipulated? There is also no way to know what the long-term effects GMO foods and ingredients will have on our health. None of the research gathered on clinical trials on the effects of GMO crops have been published so we have all become the food industry’s guinea pigs. Companies like Monsanto have protection by the government and all the bills brought before Congress to have GMO ingredients on food labels have been defeated with the help of big dollars from food manufacturers.
GMO products are in a lot of our food including dairy, meat and fish because animals and fish are fed with GMO corn, alfalfa and soy. It is hard to tell how fruits and vegetables are grown. The little stickers on produce may help you choose carefully:
- If the four-digit number begins with a 3 or 4, it means that the produce is not GMO but has been grown on a conventional farm using chemicals and pesticides.
- If the four-digit number begins with a 9, it means the produce has been organically grown without chemicals.
- If the number has five digits and begins with an 8, then the produce is GMO-grown (Allison, 2013).
Produce most likely to be GMO: apples, celery, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries, potatoes, green beans, kale/collard greens, sweet corn, yellow squash, zucchini, cherries, hot peppers.
Produce rarely genetically modified: onions, pineapples, avocados, peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe, cabbage, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon, mushrooms.
Allison, L. (2013). Health Radar, “Tricks to Avoiding Genetically Modified Food”, June 2013, page 7.