By Analiese Paik
The Non-GMO Project has declared October Non GMO month and we’re celebrating with a Pledge. Won’t you join our Non GMO Pledge? It’s just for a month and we’ll provide you with everything you need to make non GMO choices.
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A Guide to Going Non GMO
1) Buy as much as your food in its natural, unprocessed state as possible, and preferably organic. Whole foods that can be GMO include sweet corn, Hawaiian papaya, squash and soybeans. Animal products – beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken, milk, yogurt, eggs, butter, cream – are most likely from animals fed GMO corn and soy unless they are labeled USDA Organic. Even pasture raised animals can feed on GMO alfalfa and can be given supplemental feed that can be GMO. Vegetarian fed is not a Non-GMO claim. When in doubt, ask the retailer, manufacturer, or farmer. Yes, organic is more expensive, but joining a local CSA will save you a lot of money. Consult our Guide to Winter CSAs which also includes farm-to-door delivery services.
2) Buy processed foods labeled USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project verified. This is the best way to ensure that you are avoiding GMOs because we have no labeling laws in the US. Well, CT passed one and so did Maine, but they’re not in effect yet.
3) Another way to avoid GMOs at retail is to use a Non-GMO shopping guide app. ShopNoGMO by the Non-GMO Shopping Guide is a handy shopping guide that organizes foods the same way they’re grouped in your grocery store. True Food by the The Center for FoodSafety/True Food Network is another popular non-GMO shopper’s guide app that will help you find Non-GMO brands and inform you about GMOs in every category of food.
4) When eating out, choose organic by consulting our Guide to Organic Restaurants, or eat at chains like Chipotle. Using the information on Chipotle’s website, you can now choose Non-GMO when eating there. They are also working to eliminate GM ingredients from their menus. When choosing an ice cream shop, Ben & Jerry’s is a great choice, unless your shop carries organic ice cream (if it does we want to hear about it!).