The furor in the media over GMO food shows no signs of stopping, and with Prop37 on tap for California it brings food choices to the ballot box. However, many critics point out that there are, already, non GMO food choices available. Consumers need to embrace them!
For whatever reason you choose to avoid GMO ingredients in your food, here are five easy ways to do so, no matter what happens with label laws.
Research products at places like the NonGMOProject.org – there is a listing of brands that do not use GMO ingredients in production. They list clearly the products that are – and are not – GMO. For example, in the grains section they say clearly “Other than corn, no GM grains are sold on the market. Look for 100 percent wheat flour, pasta, couscous, rice, quinoa, oats, barley, sorghum, and dried beans (except soybeans).” They have a printable or downloadable version that keeps the information at your fingertips in your grocery store.
Buy direct from the farm for the ultimate contact with the person raising your food. When we started SlowMoneyFarm it was with the idea of empowering food choices, and giving customers the ability to know where and how their food was raised. As food issues make the news, there seems an increase in the interest but, equally, a loss of how to do this. Do a search for your area farms, contact the extension service in your area, search on sites like Pick-A-Pepper that have been developed to connect customer with farms.
Shop at farmer’s markets. It’s true that some GMO foods – mostly sweet corn – are sold in some farmer’s markets, but you have the advantage of looking at the farmers who grow your food and talking with them directly. Of course, not everyone is honest, but it is more contact and more answers than you are likely to find in your local grocery box store.
Buy organic. Certified organic doesn’t have GMO ingredients, so if your cereal is certified organic you can be assured there is no GMOs in it. If you can’t afford, or don’t necessarily want organic, consider farms that raise heirloom varieties, which have been around for, in some cases, over 100 years.
Grow your own – the ultimate way to know what was done, and you have an incentive to succeed if you depend on the food. This can provide a better appreciation of agriculture from a hands on standpoint, with a new view of pests, weeds, weather and nature.
If everything was stamped “may contain GMO ingredients” tomorrow, you still wouldn’t know for sure if it does or does not have GMO in it. With these options, you can take action to find choices that suit your family.