HOW TO SHOP TO AVOID GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS
by Judy Kew <Judy_Kew@txinfinet.com>
(to be updated as we learn more)
BUY ORGANIC. At the moment we believe organic is safe. The USDA will
publish its decision on this in a month or more: website http://www.aphis.usda.gov/bbep/bp
READ LABELS ! Processed foods labeled "organic" are allowed to have 5%
non-organic ingredients. If the soy, corn, or canola oil ingredients are not
organic, they will be mixed with their genetically engineered counterparts by
December, 1996 / January, 1997.
SOME EXAMPLES of soy in processed food: soy flour in baked goods, pizza,
cookies, cakes, pasta; fillers in meat products, e.g., Big Macs; veggie meat
substitutes, e.g., tofu, tofu burgers, tofu dogs; soy milk infant formula,
baby food, diet and protein shakes, protein bars, chocolate, candy bars,
margarine, ice cream, dog food, cat food, soy oil in salad dressings & chips,
soy sauce, lecithin, ...in up to 30,000 products !
Corn: corn sweeteners are in soda, (even health food brands), all sweet
products; corn syrup; corn starch is even in yogurt and aspirin; corn meal
products, like cereal and chips; corn oil is everywhere.
Canola oil seeds (gen.eng.) from Canada have been in the U.S. for awhile and
may already be in products with non-organic canola oil. Please avoid
BUY NON-RBGH MILK & DAIRY PRODUCTS. RBGH is a genetically engineered
hormone that, when added to cows' natural growth hormones, causes painful
mastistis often requiring more antibiotics, shortens their life span, and
causes cancer in humans. There is a boycott of Land of Lakes Butter and Cabot
Creamery butter (since it was bought out).
AVOID YELLOW CROOKNECK SQUASHES. Unlabeled, from Asgrow Seed Co. (a
division of Upjohn Co.). The first virus-resistant crop to gain USDA approval.
The first genetically engineered whole food to enter the market unlabeled.
The squash, called "Freedom 2," has many native plant relatives in the US. If
they interbreed, the hybrid could destroy its natural relatives, or create a
new breed of virus-resistant weeds powerful enough to destroy food crops. See
Science, Oct.11, 96.
EAT RENNETLESS CHEESE - Most cheeses are made with an genetically
engineered rennet called chymosin. "Real rennet" may not be available
anymore. We need more info on this.
AVOID "DOUGH CONDITIONER" available in cheaper baked goods. This is a code
word for a complex mixture of genetically engineered enzymes and other
components that should not be taken into the body. Try to avoid cheap breads
when eating out.
AVOID TOMATO PRODUCTS FROM SMALL COMPANIES - Though the Flavr Savr Tomato by
Monsanto has "failed," (may still be in Europe) they could be sold for making
tomato products. The big companies, like Del Monte, Heinz, and Ragu, grow
their own tomatoes.