Resources for Taking Action on GMO Foods

Make your voice part of the conversation about GMO foods with this list of web and print resources.

| September 2014

Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber have compiled the best, most thought-provoking essays on genetically modified food by leading scientists, science writers and public health advocates in The GMO Deception (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014), offering a comprehensive look at the social, political and ethical implications of food-based biotechnology. The following excerpt comes from the Resources section of the book.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The GMO Deception.

What You Can Do about GMO Foods

The presence of risk and the absence of reward have left many consumers wary of GMOs. These consumers are not only supportive of more studies and risk assessments for GMO foods, they are also demanding to know which foods have GMO ingredients before they choose what to feed themselves and their families.

Such consumers have many options at their disposal. In the following article you will find our “Seven Steps to Take Action on Genetically Modified Foods,” a list of organizational resources and suggested readings to learn even more about the subject.

Seven Steps to Take Action on Genetically Modified Foods

1. Eat fresh and organic ingredients or processed foods that have been identified as non-GMO. Though a few items of fresh produce may be genetically modified, most GMO ingredients are found in non-organic processed food, particularly ones containing corn or soy. Look for the USDA Organic seal and buy organic. The National Organic Program Standards prohibit use of genetically engineered organisms (GMOs), defined in the rules as “excluded methods.” You can also identify products without GMO ingredients through the Center for Food Safety’s True Food Shopper’s Guide and the NON-GMO Project’s certification system. Some milk producers stipulate on the packaging that they are BGH-free. BGH (or bovine growth hormone) is a protein made with genetic engineering techniques and injected into cows to increase their milk production. Careful consumers can avoid BGH milk by buying organic or reading the labels for BGH-free milk.

2. Call the manufacturer of your favorite foods. Ask if they contain GMOs, and let them know that the answer will determine your food shopping choices.

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