Lookout, they’re everywhere! The rapid spread of GMO/GM (genetically modified) foods in our food system

November 2, 2007

Soy milk is good for you right?
How about veggie burgers? Corn tortillas?
And who would mess with baby formula?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), introduced into our food supply in the mid-1990s, are one of history’s most dangerous and radical changes in our diet. These largely unregulated ingredients are in 60-70% of the foods in the US!

Studies have linked them to allergies, cancer, and all kinds of disease. Yet most people have no clue that they are now in almost everything we eat.

Here is a summary of what crops, foods and food ingredients have been genetically modified as of July, 2007:

Currently Commercialized GM Crops in the U.S.:
(Number in parentheses represents the estimated percent that is genetically modified.)

Soy (89%)
Cotton (83%)
Canola (75%)
Corn (61%)
Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%)
Alfalfa, zucchini and yellow squash (small amount)
Tobacco (Quest® brand)


Other Sources of GMOs:

Dairy products from cows injected with rbGH.
Food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet®) and rennet used to make hard cheeses
Meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed
Honey and bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen
Contamination or pollination caused by GM seeds or pollen

Some of the Ingredients That May Be Genetically Modified:

Vegetable oil, vegetable fat and margarines (made with soy, corn, cottonseed, and/or canola)

Ingredients derived from soybeans: Soy flour, soy protein, soy isolates, soy isoflavones, soy lecithin, vegetable proteins, textured vegetable protein (TVP), tofu, tamari, tempeh, and soy protein supplements.

Ingredients derived from corn: Corn flour, corn gluten, corn masa, corn starch, corn syrup, cornmeal, and High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

Some Food Additives May Also Be Derived From GM Sources:

The list is ever evolving: ascorbic acid/ascorbate (Vitamin C), cellulose, citric acid, cobalamin (vitamin B12), cyclodextrin, cystein, dextrin, dextrose, diacetyl, fructose (especially crystalline fructose), glucose, glutamate, glutamic acid, gluten, glycerides (mono- and diglycerides), glycerol, glycerol, glycerine, glycine, hemicellulose, , hydrogenated starch hydrolates, hydrolyzed vegetable protein or starch, inositol, invert sugar or inverse syrup, (also may be listed as inversol or colorose), lactic acid, lactoflavin, lecithin, leucine, lysine, maltose, maltitol, maltodextrin, mannitol, methylcellulose, milo starch, modified food starch, monooleate, mono- and diglycerides, monosodium glutamate (MSG), oleic acid, phenylalanine, phytic acid, riboflavin (Vitamin B2) sorbitol, stearic acid, threonine, tocopherol (Vitamin E), trehalose, xanthan gum, and zein.

Some of the Foods That May Contain GM Ingredients:

Infant formula
Salad dressing
Bread
Cereal
Hamburgers and hotdogs
Margarine
Mayonnaise
Crackers
Cookies
Chocolate
Candy
Fried food
Chips
Veggie burgers
Meat substitutes
Ice cream
Frozen yogurt
Tofu
Tamari
Soy sauce
Soy cheese
Tomato sauce
Protein powder
Baking powder (sometimes contains corn starch)
Powdered/Confectioner’s sugar (often contains corn starch)
Confectioner’s glaze
Alcohol
Vanilla
Powdered sugar
Peanut butter
Enriched flour
Vanilla extract (sometimes contains corn syrup)
Pasta
Malt
White vinegar

Source: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/GMFree/Home/index.cf

For a Non-DMO shopping list go to: http://www.truefoodnow.org/shoppersguide/guide_printable.html

Learn more/take action:
http://www.thecampaign.org/index.php

One Response to “Lookout, they’re everywhere! The rapid spread of GMO/GM (genetically modified) foods in our food system”

  1. clare templeton Says:

    Halp, another one bites the dust. I just found out surfing that Swiss-based Novartis (whose “ovaltine” was GMO-free presumably because of euro-markets)was acquired by Nestle. Since Nestle uses GMO ingredients,presume this will be another item to avoid in the future, although it appears that the advertising has been agencied up. Incidentally, GreenPeace’s TrueFoods site is fairly out of date and I have to cruise multiple places (also due to octopi acquisition and leveraged buyouts) to get the latest scoop on frankenfood. In the presence of “civilians” I self-effacingly refer to me as The Food Nazi. Henceforth, the Food S.S. Trooper. thx for listening to the rant.
    ctemp01@peoplepc.com


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