Genetically modified foods provide the promise of maximizing the potency and nutritional value of the food, but they have the controversy over possible risks to human health and the environment. Genetic modification consists of DNA technology used to alter the genetic make-up of a plant or animal. Although many foods have been genetically modified, the main transgenic crops (GMO) in the United States are: corn, cottonseed, canola and soybeans.
The result can be maize, soybeans or insect-resistant bananas that are vaccinated against infectious diseases. Such elements are called genetically modified organisms or GMO. Food, seeds, vaccines, medicines and fibers are among the GMO products. If you do not want to consume GMO products, there are several organizations that offer lists of items to help you choose foods that are not altered.
Choose organic products
When you buy bread, baking mixes, flour, baked goods, breakfast cereals, processed foods such as macaroni and cheese, cereal bars, baby food, formula, snacks corn or potato chips, alternative products to milk such as rice or soy milk, beverages such as coffee and juice, pre-made snacks, pre-made meals such as enchiladas, sweets and chocolate, you must choose organic products certified to make sure you're not buying a GMO food. Certified organic products are not allowed to use any GMO ingredient, according to the Non-GMO Shopping Guide published by the Center for Food Safety and the Institute for Responsible Technology. institute for the use of responsible technology), which campaigns for the consumption of non-GM foods in the United States. You can choose products labeled "organics" (organic), "100 percent organic" (100% organic) or "made with organic ingredients" (made with organic ingredients). Although the latter requires only 70% of the ingredients to be organic, all ingredients are required to be non-transgenic (non-GMO) according to the food guide. With foods that are not organic you should choose the ones that say on your label that they are not GMO. The labels can say: "Non GMO", "made without genetically modified ingredients" (manufactured without genetically modified ingredients) or "Non-GMO Project Verified" (product verified as non-GMO). The products that have this marking must have been verified by an entity to be able to carry these labels.
Buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Few of the products sold in the United States are genetically modified, including seedless watermelons. However, the Hawaiian papaya may be modified. Small amounts of sweet corn, yellow squash, and zucchini may also have been modified, according to the Institute for Responsible Technology (institute for the use of responsible technology).
Choose meat from animals that have been 100% fed with grass and fish from hatchery. You can also choose meats that are labeled "organic." Although the consumption of fish, birds and GM cattle has not been approved for human consumption in 2010, the food that these animals consume often is. Also look for organic eggs and products for daily consumption.
When you eat out, look for restaurants that cook your food from the beginning instead of using processed mixes and sauces that most likely will have GM ingredients. The foods with the highest risk of being GM are: tortillas, corn chips, tofu and sweet corn, according to the Institute for Responsible Technology.