Monday, October 15, 2012

Avoiding GMOs

Sometimes I need a reminder as to what we are dealing with regarding GMOs. As with so many other things in life, deception is often the rule.

The lists and information below are not all inclusive and may not reflect the latest details on what products contain GMOs and which do not.

Not spending our money to support the genetically engineered food industry is one small thing we can do to fight back against corporate power and corruption and to help preserve our health.. If enough folks watch where their dollars go, it could  become a major signal flashed all across the country that "enough is enough."

As we all know, without a GMO labeling requirement and the fact that even the large 'natural food' stores like Whole Foods sell many products with GMO content, we are on our own. 

What is GMO?

Agricultural Crops That Have a Risk of Being GMO

 For consumers, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on food ingredients that are at-risk of being genetically modified, as the list of at-risk agricultural ingredients is frequently changing.

Agricultural products are segmented into two groups: (1) those that are high-risk of being GMO because they are currently in commercial production, and (2) those that have a monitored risk because suspected or known incidents of contamination have occurred and/or the crops have genetically modified relatives in commercial production with which cross-pollination (and consequently contamination) is possible. For more information on the Non-GMO Project’s testing and verification of risk ingredients and processed foods, please see the Non-GMO Project Standard.

High-Risk Crops (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):
  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

ALSO high-risk: animal products (milk, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) because of contamination in feed.
Monitored Crops (those for which suspected or known incidents of contamination have occurred, and those crops which have genetically modified relatives in commercial production with which cross-pollination is possible; we test regularly to assess risk, and move to “High-Risk” category for ongoing testing if we see contamination):
  • Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
  • Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, Siberian kale)
  • Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi)
  • Curcubita (acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan)
  • Flax
  • Rice
Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.
You may also be wondering about…
  • Tomatoes: In 1994, genetically modified Flavr Savr tomatoes became the first commercially produced GMOs. They were brought out of production just a few years later, in 1997, due to problems with flavor and ability to hold up in shipping. There are no genetically engineered tomatoes in commercial production, and tomatoes are considered “low-risk” by the Non-GMO Project Standard.
  • Potatoes: Genetically modified NewLeaf potatoes were introduced by Monsanto in 1996. Due to consumer rejection  several fast-food chains and chip makers, the product was never successful and was discontinued in the spring of 2001. There are no genetically engineered potatoes in commercial production, and potatoes are considered “low-risk” by the Non-GMO Project Standard.
  • Wheat: There is not currently, nor has there ever been, any genetically engineered wheat on the market. Of all “low-risk” crops, this is the one most commonly (and incorrectly) assumed to be GMO. It is a key commodity crop, and the biotech industry is pushing hard to bring GMO varieties to market. The Non-GMO Project closely watches all development on this front.
  • Salmon: A company called AquaBounty is currently petitioning the FDA to approve its genetically engineered variety of salmon, which has met with fierce consumer resistance. Find out more here.
  • Pigs: A genetically engineered variety of pig, called Enviropig was developed by scientists at the University of Guelph, with research starting in 1995 and government approval sought beginning in 2009. In 2012 the University announced an end to the Enviropig program, and the pigs themselves were euthanized in June 2012.

True Food Shoppers Guide (PDF)
The True Food Shoppers Guide arms you with valuable information regarding common GM ingredients, as well as brands to look for, and to look out for.

Comprehensive List Of GMO Products
The availability of Non GM food vs. GM food is about 50/50. Most “brand name,” products and corporate giants genetically modify their foods. Most foods listed under the “non-genetically modified,” section are not well known and are not considered “mainstream.”

Verified Products per the Non GMO Project

The Safe Seed Resource List
 GM-free Seeds

List of GMO-Free Foods
from The Truther Girls

Non-GMO Shopping Guide (PDF)

Invisible GM Ingredients

More information:   

GMO Myths and Truths (PDF)
Information on GMO Sweet Corn

Non-GMO Project FAQ TriFold

Agent Orange” Corn: The Next Stage in the Chemical Arms Race (Feb. 2012)  (PDF)

Tainted Sugar? New fact sheet on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically engineered sugar beets.

List of Local GMO Free Groups

Occupy Monsanto

Renewed boycott announced against GMO pushing mega-corporations

Monsanto’s Top 7 Lies About GMO Labeling and Proposition 37

GMOs: simple ways to avoid them in your diet

‘Biofarms’ to Integrate Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals into GMO ‘Biopharmaceutical’ Crops
 10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs
Dine Out Non-GMO
 Non-GMO Search
Company Research On Genetically Modified Foods Is Rigged
The GE Process
 GMO “Collateral Damage”: Food Soaked With Toxicity
GMO Compass


GMO Tickking Time Bomb - Gary Null - Part 1
GMO Ticking Time Bomb - Part 2

The World According to Monsanto

Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of Our Lives

Monsanto, Codex Alimentarius and The Seeds of Deception

Controlling Our Food - A Documentary On Genetically Modified Foods

French Rat GMO Study Results with Full pdf file in description
GMO, Global Alert


  1. I'm planning to dress as GMO corn for Halloween. It's the scariest thing I can think of!

    Thanks so much, Kenny, for all the links...

  2. Here is the truth about Hillary and Benghazi September 11, 2012:

    "by blaming the Stevens murder on a video instead of Al Qaeda terrorists, she and the president deliberately deceived the American people and the world.
    Hillary paraded this falsehood in two very public speeches on September 12th after the attack, and again on the 14th–even though the word was out within 24 hours that the killings in Libya were the result of a terrorist attack.
    Her own State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research dubbed the murders acts of terror from the start, and never considered the online video a factor. 'That was never our conclusion,' officials now say.
    It was not until September 21st–more than a week after the truth was known–that Hillary abruptly changed her story to 'what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.' By then the video story was so transparently false that when she trotted it out one last time at a Congressional briefing on September 20, the reaction was one of disbelief and disgust. 'They’re trying to cover their behinds,' Congressman Ted Flores of Texas seethed, and he was right."

    Imagine the truth about New York and Washington September 11, 2001:

    "by blaming the murderous attacks on CIA/Mossad created Al Qaeda terrorists, Bush and Cheney deliberately deceived the American people and the world.
    Bush paraded this falsehood in uncountable public speeches directly after the attack, and again for years – even though the word was out within 6 years that the killings on the East Coast were the result of a CIA/Mossad false flag/inside job.
    The Government's own truthful critics have identified the attacks as an act of terror on its own people for years now, and do not believe the Muslims or Osama bin Laden were a factor. 'That is not our conclusion,' honest citizens now say.
    It is now long after September 11, 2001 – several years after the truth has been known – but Bush and Cheney still haven't changed their story from 'what happened in New York and Washington was a Muslim terrorist attack.' By now the video story is known to be so transparently false, that when they trot it out again and again at a every opportunity, the reaction is one of disbelief and disgust. 'They’re trying to cover their behinds,' Congressman Ron Paul has seethed, and he is right."

    1. You will only see the truth about 9/11 in the main stream media when it (the MSM) is no longer Rothschildean.

    2. The MSM will continue to be Rothschildean as long as private fractional fiat usury banking exists to control the military, industry and governments of the world.

  3. great article by Larry Chin

  4. It's Evil


    .me and my shadow....

    strolling down the Champs-Elysées

    RF SOB


  5. thanks Kenny. Just got back from a trip to the local supermarket. My routine is to head to the few locations in the store where I know they stock organic products. There are no organic bread options that I can find in the store (Vons). Out of desperation for carbohydrates I grabbed a box of wheat thins.
    I went to the doctor recently and found I'd lost 25 pounds (without trying, I'm skinny to begin with) and this is why - there is not enough organic food readily available in the community where I work. My choices are generally GMO or hunger. I should really plan better and bring food with me.