6 Simple Ways to Avoid Eating GMOs
David Wolfe on GMOs:
An estimated 60 to 70 percent of all foods on supermarket shelves today contain genetically modified ingredients, with that percentage higher for processed convenience foods such as soda, soup, crackers, condiments, and candy bars. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, by the time you read this, 85 percent of the soybeans planted in the United States and up to 45 percent of the corn will be genetically engineered. If you are eating foods that contain vegetable oil, soy products (like soy burgers), or any foods that are made with corn starch, corn syrup, corn oil, or soy derivatives, then there is a good chance that you are putting food that’s been genetically modified into your body.
Multiple studies reveal that genetically modified foods can pose serious health risks to humans, domesticated animals, wildlife, and the environment. The effects on humans can include dangerous transformation of the DNA of our friendly bacteria, resistance to antibiotics, suppression of the immune system, and even cancer.* The impact on the environment includes the contamination of nongenetically modified life-forms from contact with GMOs used in agriculture, as well as other forms of biological pollution (such as GMO salmon escaped from fish farms), all of which could completely throw off Nature’s delicate balance.
How to Avoid Eating GM Foods
- Eat organic. The Organic Food Production Act stipulates that food labeled organic cannot contain any genetically modified organisms.
- Eat superfoods and superherbs, as these are not contaminated with GMOs.
- Buy local. Shop at farmers’ markets where you can buy direct from local growers. Ask them how they treat their crops.
- Avoid eating processed foods. Many processed foods include derivatives of corn, soy, and canola that more than likely come from genetically modified plants. Buy whole foods such fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, seaweeds, and sprouts instead.
- Read food labels. If ingredients come from corn, soy, or canola, put the food back on the shelf. Look for labels that say, “This product does not contain genetically modified organisms.”
- Get involved. Demand that proper labeling for genetically modified foods be required.
*Institute for Responsible Technology, “State-of-the-Science on the Health Risks of GM Foods.” Excellently referenced paper on current GMO research. Found online at www.saynotogmos.org/paper.pdf.
The above excerpt is from Longevity Now: A Comprehensive Approach to Healthy Hormones, Detoxification, Super Immunity, Reversing Calcification, and Total Rejuvenation by David Wolfe.