Monday, January 28, 2013

GMO FREE CT Links, information, and recipes:


Current GMO CROPS in the USA
(GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms or, GOD MOVE OVER)

CORN - Approximately 80- 90 % of crops grown in US are GMO.  Approximately 75% of the processed foods sold in the US contain at least one ingredient sourced from corn, including High Fructose Corn Syrup, corn meal, maltodextrine, and modified food starch.

SOY -Approximately 75-85% of the crops grown in the US are GMO. Many processed foods contain at least one ingredient sourced from soy. This includes tofu, edamame, soy lecithin, soy protein isolate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, MSG, soy sauce, and tamari.

CANOLA- Mostly grown in “Can”ada, this product is produced from rapeseeds.  Canola oil is highly processed oil which must be winterized, deodorized and bleached before it is edible.  During this process trans fat is formed, which is not heart healthy. Most canola oil has been genetically modified to resist Round Up application.  Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT a healthy oil to choose.

COTTONSEED - Used to make oil that is put into our food… This crop is very heavily pesticided and genetically modified.  Found in processed foods, including the manmade lard (trans fat) often called for in piecrust recipes.

SUGARBEETS – Cane sugar is NOT genetically modified…yet.  But “sugar” on a label is usually 50%  sugarbeets.  Don’t buy products containing sugar unless it is specified 100% cane sugar, 100% cane juice, or organic sugar.  This is the most misleading GM ingredient, because it is legal to put “sugar” on the label.

ZUCCHINI,  CROOK NECK SQUASH , and HAWAIIAN PAPAYA – Always buy organic to be sure.

ALFALFA – used to feed organic animals that we eat.  Approved by the USDA for genetic modification in the last year, despite serious concerns raised by the scientific community.

Look for USDA ORGANIC or Non-GMO Project Verified to avoid GMOS.      Beth Beisel, R.D. LLC  Can download a shopping guide that lists all ingredients in processed foods that are derived from GMOs and therefore contain GMOs.

1)  The Union of Concerned Scientists is a leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.
What began as collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 400,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and business people, biologists and physicists, teachers and students.  Here is a link to what UCS Scientists have to say about GMOs:

2)  GMO Myths and Truths, written by three biotech scientists with many years of experience in the field of genetic engineering.  This document addresses a large number of myths about GMOs and the scientific facts to refute those myths. 

3)  Seralini study, which is the first long term study to ever be conducted on GM foods. Despite its controversy, many scientists contend that it must be taken seriously.

4)   Here is a letter written by 60 scientists who speak out against the smear campaigns and even threats of violence against researchers who have found GMO risks.  After all of the signatures, please read the footnotes. This is the most interesting part of this letter, since it describes the ramifications scientists face if they try to study or publish negative information on GMOs.

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