genetically engineered 2014 – yup, we’re talking about food

in addition to the dirty dozen and clean fifteen, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list of foods that are genetically engineered. especially since i’ve been making baby’s food at home, i’ve been more focused on introducing fruits and vegetables in its freshest and purest form possible. but the government and food corporations are not making it easy.

the foods i have heard of being genetically modified are corn and papaya but apparently some zucchini are – although because of improper labeling, it’s hard to know which is which. according to the EWG, the best thing to do is to buy organic for those foods as well as look for the Non GMO Project Verified label. unfortunately that’s not the worst of it – more vegetables and fruits are up for application to be genetically engineered. here is the list:

The Factory Four:

The most common GE ingredients in food

  1. Field corn and corn-derived ingredients
    Some 90 percent of corn grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered.
  2. Soybeans and soybean-derived ingredients
    Some 93 percent of soybeans grown in this country have been genetically engineered and would affect products whose labels disclose the presence of soy proteins, soybean oil, soy milk, soy flour, soy sauce, tofu or soy lecithin.
  3. Sugar
    About 55 percent of the sugar produced in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, 95 percent of which have been genetically engineered (USDA 2013c).
  4. Vegetable oils
    Vegetable oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil and corn oil are genetically engineered. About 90 percent of American oilseed production is soybeans,

Watch list:

Foods that could be GE

  1. Papaya: According to the Hawaiian Papaya Industry Association, more than 75 percent of Hawaiian papaya is genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus (Hawaiian Papaya Industry Association 2013).
  2. Zucchini and yellow summer squash: A few varieties of squash are genetically engineered. Without adequate labeling, concerned consumers can’t spot GE varieties. If you want to be sure, opt for organic varieties.
  3. Sweet corn: Most sweet corn sold in supermarkets and farm stands is not grown from genetically engineered seeds, but a few varieties are, so it’s best to buy organic sweet corn.
  4. Many other GE foods could be coming soon – either they have been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration or are being considered for approval: salmon, flax, plums, potato, radicchio, rice, tomato and wheat.
  5. The FDA faces two other controversial decisions: whether to approve apples genetically modified to not to turn brown when sliced, peeled or bruised and new varieties of corn and soybean genetically modified to resist the toxic herbicide

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read article on the Environmental Working Group website: EWG’s 2014 Shopper’s Guide To Avoiding GE Food

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