HOW TO SHOP TO AVOID GE FOODS - in the USA

A fairly updated list of what is still free of genetically engineered
components is on www.safe-food.org, under "Brand Names."  Note the write-up
about vitamin supplements.

The Union of Concerned Scientists keeps a chart on their website of what's
approved for market and what is pending.
http://www.ucsusa.org/>http://www.ucsusa.org
I believe www.safe-food.org is linked with the UCS site.
Please note that the Union of Concerned Scientists' chart does not list the
antibiotic (or other types of) marker genes (in the case of the Monsanto Bt
potato, the marker gene is a wax moth insect gene).  In this case it is hard to
know that some of these GE foods are transgenic in the sense of containing
cross-species genes, that is, above and beyond the virus and bacteria genes in
every cell of every GE product.

To the list below, you can add
radicchio (red hearted chicory),
vaccines, GE BT,
toxic bacteria, and the
GE rhizobium meliloti for artificially doubling nitrogen fixation in the soil.
 

Please note that the list below is old and that, as of October 1997, there are
multiple varieties of GE soy (3), corn (9), canola (4), cotton (4), potatoes?,
tomatoes (5), etc. (according to the UCS chart) -- all created for different
purposes.  Best to check the websites above to see them all.  As of the Summer
UCS chart popcorn, corn on the cob, and sweet corn have been added to the list.
 But you will need to check to see the rest.

In 1998 a conservative estimate of GE soy mixed with conventional soy was 38%
(50% in some estimates), and the GE corn mixed with conventional corn was up to
31%.

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HOW TO SHOP TO AVOID GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS:
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AVOID ALL OTHER NON-CERTIFIED ORGANIC POTATOES, CORN, SOY,
CANOLA OIL, COTTON SEED OIL, YELLOW CROOK-NECK SQUASH,
AND TOMATO PRODUCTS, PAPAYA:

SOY: Genetically engineered and DNA-altered by Monsanto with bacteria, and
capable of tolerating heavy doses of Monsanto's Roundup brand chemical
pesticide (glyphosate).

CORN: Genetically engineered to tolerate great quantities of the chemical
pesticide glufosinate, and genetically engineered with a virus and the DNA of
the bacterium bacillus thuringiensis.

POTATOES: Genetically engineered with wax moth insect DNA; genetically
engineered to produce its own internal pesticide with DNA of bacillus
thuringiensis bacteria.

YELLOW CROOK NECK SQUASH: Gene-spliced with an two experimental viruses and
arbitrary marker genes. Targetted for baby food.

CANOLA OIL: Genetically engineered and DNA-altered with California bay turnip
and various viruses and bacterium in order to produce unusually high quantities
of lauric acid.

COTTON SEED OIL: Genetically engineered and DNA-altered with Arabidopsis
bacterium, and viruses to be able to withstand large applications of the
chemical pesticide bromoxynil.

TOMATOES: Genetically engineered with bacteria-derived kanamycin resistance
genes, Antisense backwards DNA, antibiotic marker genes, viruses.  5 GE
tomatoes approved for market (may be more now).
 

As of the beginning of 1997, the above products will have been genetically
engineered  and on the market as a percentage of the total conventional food
supply.  Since they are sold unlabeled in the conventional market, there is no
way to tell specifically which tomatoes, potatoes, corn, etc. have been
actually genetically engineered. Eat only organic food if possible.  Even if
you buy seeds to grow your own food, buy only organic seeds.

READ LABELS CAREFULLY:  BE CAREFUL WITH ALL PROCESSED FOODS.  ORGANIC PROCESSED
FOODS CAN HAVE 5% NON-ORGANIC INGREDIENTS, WHICH ARE OFTEN GE'D.

WATCH OUT FOR CONVENTIONAL, NON-ORGANIC CORN AND SOY, BECAUSE THEY ARE IN SO
MANY PRODUCTS:

Avoid corn syrup, fructose, and high fructose corn syrup (doubly GE'd),
fructose sweetner: in almost all sodas (even health food brands), in almost all
sweet products; even in yogurt and aspirin (as corn starch).  Avoid corn oil,
corn starch, corn meal, baking soda, baking powder, glycose syrup; Avoid soy;
soy flour in baked goods; pizza, cookies, cakes, pasta; fillers in meat
products, (for example Big Macs) vegetarian meat substitutes, (for example
tofu, tofu burgers, tofu hot dogs) soy milk, infant formula, baby foods; diet
and protein shakes, protein bars; chocolate and candy bars; margarine; ice
cream; pet food; soy oil in salad dressings & snack chips; soy sauce; lecithin
and soy lecithin. In all, well over 30,000 products!

AVOID rBGH MILK & DAIRY PRODUCTS:

Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH), marketed
through veterinarians and injected into dairy cows, causes increased milk
production and horrible mastitis. These cows then require constant medical
supervision and high doses of antibiotics. Their milk contains unusually high
levels of viral pus.  The cow's milk and dairy products made from this milk
then also contains rBGH, bovine growth hormone. This hormone increases cancer
risk in human beings.

EAT ONLY ORGANIC RENNETLESS CHEESE:
Most (75%)non-organic cheeses are made with a genetically engineered rennet
called chymosin.

AVOID DOUGH CONDITIONER:
This is a code word for a combination of genetically engineered enzymes and
other components, found in cheaper breads and baked goods.

OTHER GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ADDITIVES AND ENZYMES
Avoid Amylase (used in making bread, flour, whole wheat flour, cereals,
starch), Catalase (used in making soft drinks, egg whites, liquid whey) and
Lactase.

AVOID EATING IN NON-ORGANIC RESTAURANTS

Unless the restaurant management makes it clear in writing that they are
committed to using only non-genetically engineered foods and products, avoid
eating out as much as possible. Since genetically engineered foods are not
labeled, they also have no idea which of their tomato, potato, corn, soy,
canola, cotton oil, yellow-crook-neck squash products may be genetically
engineered.

FOODS TO FAVOR:

BUY AND EAT ONLY CERTIFIED ORGANIC FOODS:

Certified organic tomatoes, potatoes, corn, soy, canola oil, cotton oil, and
yellow-crook-neck squash are safe. Many other genetically engineered products
will be coming to market in 1997 if the bio-tech industry has its way. By
buying only organic foods of every type, you will protect yourself and your
family from untested and mutated Frankenfoods. Almost everything that can be
found in your conventional food market is also produced by the organic food
industry. If you buy a few carefully chosen conventional foods, keep up-to-date
on which few conventional are safe through the websites and mailing lists.

MEAT AND POULTRY:
Most livestock are being fed genetically altered feed. The only safe beef and
poultry will be those fed only organically grown grain.  Avoid commercially
produced seafood. Commercial pork has been genetically altered with DNA from
human beings.

FAVOR DAIRY PRODUCT FROM COMPANIES THAT DO NOT USE
(rBGH) BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE
Research and buy only from suppliers that promise on the package or in other
writing that their products are rBGH-free. Be especially careful with butter.
Buy only organic butter, because even otherwise good companies buy cheap rBGH
milk to make butter, or they buy their butter (rBGH) from other companies.

CONSIDER STOCKING UP ON SAFE FOODS
Frank Ford, in his book, "The Coming Food Crisis," says that events are
pointing to a food crisis of unbelievable proportions.  With geneticengineering
of the food supply, only a relatively small part of the total food supply can
be known to be safe.  Since 95% of the food supply contains conventional corn
or soy, the rules of supply and demand show that there could possibly be a
shortage of safe food over the next several years. You may consider taking
advice from Frank Ford's book. He advises stocking up on organic or safe
conventional dry foods that are low in oil content--wheat, beans, lentils,
grains, dried fruits. If possible, stock enough for yourself, your family, and
if possible your friends to live comfortably for two or three years. Create
local food co-ops so you can pool resources and make large bulk orders, saving
everyone money.

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