Health-conscious consumers may want to avoid genetically modified food. There are several ways to tell if the food you put on the table may be genetically modified.
The genetic modification of food is done to make crops strong against herbicides. This increases crop yields for an expanding population. It also creates “superweeds” that require farmers to use even more herbicides. Because of GMOs, health problems like hormone disruption, infertility, and cancer have skyrocketed.
Only purchase food labeled USDA-Certified Organic. Organic food is not genetically modified. PLU codes beginning with nine indicate that food is organic. Getting organic fruits and vegetables from a farmer’s market is an affordable way to provide organic food for the whole family and supports small businesses.
Check the Label
Until 2016, no law required GMOs to be labeled. The USDA has yet to decide how it will tag them. They suggested using “smiley-face” labels to cause positive feelings and swapping the term “genetic modification” for “bio engineering” or BE. However, if the genetic modification mimics natural breeding, manufacturers will not be required to label their products. There is still a possibility, then, that consumers could unknowingly eat GMOs.
Avoid Certain Food Groups
91% of the U.S. soybean crop is now genetically modified as well as 88% of cottonseed oil and 70% of all processed convenience food. By eliminating soy, corn, corn flour, high-fructose corn syrup, vegetable fat, and margarine, consumers can avoid GMOs. Organic hemp seed, olive, and coconut oil are alternatives. Soybean products and corn can also be purchased organic.
Health problems have increased since the introduction of GMOs, but choosing organic food can help people avoid them.