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New Website Helps Shoppers Avoid GMO Foods


Shopping for products that aren't genetically
modified (GM) can be challenging, particularly in the United States
where there are as yet no laws governing the labeling of products with
GM ingredients. To make it a little easier on concerned shoppers, the US
advocacy group Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) this week
launched a new website for consumers who want to avoid buying products
containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) and gene-spliced food

While it's impossible to provide a complete list
of GM foods marketed in the US, the new guide aims to take the
guesswork out of avoiding GM food and features straightforward
brand-by-brand comparisons of non-GM products and products likely to
contain GM ingredients. It's been widely reported that most Americans
would like to know if their food contains GMO ingredients and would
avoid foods they knew contained GM ingredients.

there are some basic rules of thumb in avoiding GM products and are
applicable worldwide:

Buy 100 percent organic: Some
organic products (with multiple ingredients), however, may contain
non-organic ingredients, so it's best to stick to single ingredients.
Because something says "organic" on it doesn't mean it doesn't contain
GM ingredients. In fact, it could contain up to 30 percent GM
ingredients, so be sure the labels say 100 percent organic.

Avoid processed foods likely to be made with
ingredients from the "Big Four" GM crops
: corn, soy, canola
(for rapeseed oil), and cotton (for cottonseed oil).

Avoid sugar unless it's 100 percent cane
: GM beet sugar is one of the latest additions to the food
supply; avoid aspartame, an artificial sweetener derived from GM

Look at what is (or isn't) on
the labels
: If a product is not labeled as being GMO-free,
most likely it contains some GM ingredients.

shopping guide also has a long list of so-called invisible GM
ingredients that  can make their way into one's diet.

For more information, go to:

There are
plenty of other websites with detailed information on GM foods and
genetic engineering, some of which also provide downloadable shopping
guides for consumers. Some of them include:


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