Why should we even care about GMO’s? According to the Non-Gmo Project GMO’s are living organisms whose genetic material has been manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. The process that happens because of GMO’s creates unwanted bacteria that does not occur through nature. GMO’s pop up a lot in the processed foods we eat everyday. More importantly, a lot of food that we buy doesn’t say that it contains GMO’s. So what can we do to look out for foods that contain GMO’s?
1. Buy Organic: When I suggest people to “buy organic” they tend to freak out and assume that they’re going to have to spend a fortune on groceries. That’s not the case! I’m only suggesting to buy foods such as fruits and veggies that would not normally contain GMO’s. And foods that are organic are generally free from modified organisms and additives.
2. Price Look-Up code (PLU): The price look-up code is the sticker you see on most produce foods. This 4-5 digit number informs you where the food came from and if it has been genetically modified or not. The sticker on produce is something to look out for when choosing a GMO free food. Numbers that start with an 8 are foods that have been in some way genetically modified. Codes that start with a 9 mean that the food is organic and/or is not genetically modified.
3. Dairy products: Watch out for dairy products such as yogurt, milk, and cheese. Many of these dairy products do not have a GMO label on it. Not only that, but they are filled with high fructose corn syrup, which is used a sweetener in many high name brands such as Blue Bunny.
If your interested in finding out more about genetically modified foods or want to see which foods contain GMO, visit the website www.nongmoproject.org. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products.