HOW TO AVOID GMOs
Avoid these food sources of unless they are labeled organic or verified non- GMO. The nine GM crops that are commercialized and now in our foods are: CORN ( as in corn oil, cornmeal, cornstarch, corn syrup, hominy, polenta, and other corn- based ingredients) CANOLA ( as in canola oil) COTTONSEED ( as in cottonseed oil) SUGAR BEETS (“sugar” in ingredient lists is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets, also found in foods that contain beet sugar) SOYBEANS ( as in soybean oil, soy protein, soy lecithin, soy milk, tofu, and other soy- based ingredients) ALFALFA, which is fed to livestock PAPAYA ( from Hawaii and China) YELLOW SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI ( look for those labeled organic or grown from non- GMO seed) Also stay away from two additional direct GM products added to foods: ASPARTAME ( in diet soda and NutraSweet artificial sweetener) rBGH ( recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone, also known as Bovine Somatotropin or bST.) It was developed from genetically engineered E. coli bacteria and is injected into some cows to increase milk production. Look for dairy products labeled rBGH- free— also known as bST- free— or better yet, for milk products labeled organic.
Melissa Diane Smith began learning about the dangers of GMOs in 2000, when StarLink corn ( a type of GM corn) accidentally entered the U. S. food supply and was recalled. “I was concerned— horrified, really,” says Smith, who has since become a non- GMO lecturer and educator. “As a nutritionist, health journalist, and concerned citizen, I couldn’t really sit on this information. I began writing about the topicic on my blog and speaking about it in my community,” she says. Her new book, Going Against GMOs, is s available on Amazon and through goingagainstgmos. com. Smith counsels clients across the nation from her home in Tucson, Ariz.