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Best Ways to Avoid GMO Foods

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:42 PM


If you’re concerned about the possible negative effects of GMO foods on your body and the environment, there are ways to avoid foods that contain genetically modified organisms.

On May 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it would offer a program to verify non-GMO food products. The news came in a letter from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, which stated that a program is being developed by the Agricultural Marketing Service.

“Recently, a leading global company asked AMS to help verify that the corn and soybeans it uses in its products are not genetically engineered so that the company could label the products as such," Vilsack wrote in the letter. "And AMS worked with the company to develop testing and verification processes to verify the non-GE claim."

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Vilsack also said that other companies are interested in following the same path to certify products as non-GMOs, according to NPR. To participate in the Process Verified Program, companies will pay and submit documents showing their use of non-GMO products; in addition, auditors from the USDA will verify the situation on-site.

The USDA is acting in response to pressure from numerous groups and individuals to offer some way to determine if foods contain GMOs. Already, the USDA label that says Organic Certified means the products don’t contain GMOS, according to Boston Organics.

“The labeling of foods to indicate the presence or absence of ingredients from genetically modified crops like corn, soy and sugar beets is one of the most contentious issues in the food business,” wrote the New York Times. “Over the last few years, consumers, fearing that the manipulation of genes in the crops they eat could be harmful, have been putting increasing pressure on food producers to label products containing ingredients from so-called G.M.O.s (genetically modified organisms).”

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A Minnesota company, SunOpta, was the first to receive permission from the USDA, according to the Times, and it is presumably the company that NPR referred to that launched the certification process.

But the USDA process won’t actually certify that the company’s ingredients are GMO-free. “Rather, it is certifying that the SunOpta process does ensure that the corn and soy it plans to process in its plant in Hope, Minn., are not genetically altered varieties,” the Times explained.

“That longstanding U.S.D.A. program, called ‘process verification,’ typically allows companies that have passed the agency’s muster to use a red, white and blue shield on packaging. Some meat products from animals raised humanely, for example, sport the shield on their wrappers. But the U.S.D.A. has given SunOpta permission to use a new navy-and-green label that reads ‘Non-G.M.O./G.E. process verified.’”

Another organization, The Non-GMO Project, also offers a label that consumers can look for that indicates products that are verified GMO-free. Those products also are listed on the organization’s website.

In addition, USDA’s Organic Certified label means the products do not contain GMOs, according to Boston Organics.

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