What to learn more about GMO's?
Information referenced from Organic Consumers Organization, Institute for Responsible Technology and Non GMO Project.

What is a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism)?

genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. Transgenic organisms, a subset of GMOs, are organisms that have inserted DNA from a different species. GMOs are the constituents of genetically modified foods.

What foods contain GMO's?

  • Cotton - Considered a food because the oil can be consumed.   
  • Sugarbeets - Processed foods containing sugar, unless specified as Cane sugar, may contain sugar from GM sugar beets.  A large percentage of sweeteners used in processed food actually comes from corn, not sugar cane or beets. Products labeled with sugar may contain as much as 80% GM sugar beet sugar.
  • Corn - Corn oil, flour, sugar or syrup. May include snack foods, baked goods, fried foods, edible oil products, confectionery, special purpose foods, and soft drinks  
  • Sweet corn - approved only for use in animal feed thousands of tons have been found in human food supply.   Recently Monsanto, a biotechnology food producer, said that about half of the USA's sweetcorn acreage has been planted with genetically modified seed this year.
  • Canola - Canola oil. May include edible oil products, fried foods, and baked products, snack foods.
  • Soybean - Soy foods include : soy beverages, tofu, soy oil, soy flour, lecithin. Other products may include breads, pastries, snack foods, baked products, fried products, edible oil products and special purpose foods.
  • Papaya - Commercially grown in Hawaii, estimated that 90% of Hawaiian crop is GM.
  • Squash - (yellow crookneck) - Some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are also GM but they are not popular with farmers.
  •  A large percentage of sweeteners used in processed food actually comes from corn, not sugar cane or beets. Products labeled with sugar may contain as much as 80% GM sugar beet sugar.
  • Alfalfa - Approved in 2011, GM alfalfa contains a gene that makes the plant resistant to the herbicide Roundup.  Alfalfa is grown mostly to make hay fed to dairy cows and horses. More than 20 million acres are grown in the United States.
  • .Honey -  Contaminated by GM crops.
  • Tomatoes - The first genetically food the Flavr Savr tomato was recalled.  Currently there are no genetically modified tomatoes available commercially.
  • Rice - Genetically modified to contain high amounts of Vitamin A, "Golden Rice", has been approved in the Phillipines.  No GMO rice is grown the United States.
  • Rapeseed  "Canola" - Oil, by products used  in animal feed.
  • Flax - Introduced in 2001 in Europe but importers refused to buy it. No genetically modified flax is currently grown in the US.
  • Cotton seed oil - Cottonseed oil and linters. Products may include blended vegetable oils, fried foods, baked foods, snack foods, edible oil                                                                                       products, and smallgoods casings.
  • Tobacco -The company Vector has a GMO tobacco being sold under the brand of Quest® cigarettes in the U.S. It is engineered to produce low or no nicotine.
  • Meat - Meat and dairy products processed from animals that have been feed GM animal feed, such as corn or alflafa.
  • Vegetable Oil - Most generic vegetable oils and margarines used in restaurants and in processed foods in North America are made from soy, corn, canola, or cottonseed. Unless these oils specifically say "Non-GMO" or "Organic," it is probably genetically modified.
  • Dairy Products - About 22 percent of cows in the U.S. are injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH).
  • Vitamins - Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is often made from corn, vitamin E is usually made from soy. Vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12 may be derived from GMOs as well as vitamin D and vitamin K may have "carriers" derived from GM corn sources, such as starch, glucose, and maltodextrin.
  • Rapeseed  "Canadian Canola".

GMO invisible derivative ingredients
  • Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Splenda, Candrel, BeneVia
  • Baking Soda                                                                                                        Milk powder 
  •  Canola Oil                                                                                                          Milo syrup
  • Caramel Coloring                                                                                                Modified food starch
  • Cellulose                                                                                                              Modified starch
  • Citric Acid                                                                                                           Mono and Diglycerides
  • Cobalamin (Vitamin B-12)                                                                                   Monosodium Glutamate
  • Colorose                                                                                                               NutraSweet
  • Condensed milk                                                                                                   Oleic Acid
  • Confectioner's sugar                                                                                             Phenylalanine
  • Corn flour                                                                                                            Phytic Acid
  • Corn Masa                                                                                                           Protein Isolate
  • Corn meal                                                                                                            Shoyu
  • Corn oil                                                                                                               Sorbitol
  • Corn sugar                                                                                                          Soy flour
  • Corn syrup                                                                                                          Soy leclthin
  • Cornstarch                                                                                                          Soy milk
  • Cycloextrin                                                                                                          Soy oil
  • Cystein                                                                                                                Soy protein
  • Dextrin                                                                                                                Soy protein isolate
  • Dextrose                                                                                                              Soy Sauce
  • Diacetyl                                                                                                               Starch
  • Diglyceride                                                                                                          Stearic Acid
  • Erythritol                                                                                                            Sugar (unless cane sugar)
  • Equal                                                                                                                  Tamari
  • Food starch                                                                                                         Tempeh
  • Fructose                                                                                                              Teriyaki
  • Glucose                                                                                                               Textured vegetable protein
  • Glutamate                                                                                                          Threonine
  • Glutamic acid                                                                                                     Tocopherols
  • Glycerides                                                                                                           Tofu
  • Glycerin                                                                                                              Trehalose
  • Glycerol                                                                                                              Triglyceride
  • Glycerol monoleate                                                                                             Vegetable Fat
  • Glycine                                                                                                               Vegetable Oil
  • Hemicellulose                                                                                                      Vitamin B12
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup                                                                                  Vitamin E
  • Hydrogenated starch                                                                                           Whey
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein                                                                              Whey powder
  • Inositol                                                                                                                Xanthum Gum
  • Inverse syrup
  • Inversol
  • Invert sugar
  • Lecithin
  • Lecine
  • Malitol
  • Malt
  • Malt syrup
  • Malt extract
  • Maltose
  • Mannitol
  • methycellulose

Does organic mean GMO free?

Buying 100% Organic, Certified Organic, and USDA Organic labeled products is usually the easiest way to avoid genetically modified
ingredients.  The U.S. and Canada governments do NOT allow companies to label products "100%"/ Certified Organic if they 
contain GMO's.  
Look for the USDA Certified Organic label on purchased foods.
Be aware the "Private Labeling" such as the "Trader Joe's Organic" does NOT mean the products meet USDA organic standards.

Are GMO's common and how do I avoid them?
In the U.S., GMO's are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. Click here for a current list of GMO risk crops.

Check with you local Farmers Market for Growers with GMO Free produce.   Buy Local, Buy Fresh!

Are GMO's safe?

Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In nearly 50 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.

What are the impacts of GMO's on the environment?

Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs:’ which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange). GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.

Are GMO's labeled?
Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public.  
The following countries have banned or restricted the import, distribution, sale, utilization, field trails and commercial planting of GMO's:
  • Africa: Algeria, Egypt

  • Asia: Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Japan, Phillipines

  • Europe: The European Union, Norway, Austria, Germany United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Luxembourg, Portugal

  • Latin America: Brazil, Paraguay

  • Middle East: Saudi Arabia

  • North America: Maryland has banned GE (genetically engineered) fish and North Dakota and Montana have filed bans on GE wheat. The Municipalities of Burlington, Vermont (declared a moratorium on GE food), Boulder, Colorado (bans on GE crops) and the City and County of San Francisco (urged the federal government to ban GE food) are the only towns or states to take some sort of stand against plants, animals, foods, crops and body products that are, or contain Genetically Modified Organisms.

    NOTE: The U.S. government, and the FDA do not require anything Genetically Modified to be identified on ingredient lists. Genetically Modified foods and products are in widespread use and distribution throughout the U.S.

  • Pacific: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Australia, New Zealand.

    Where can I buy GMO free food and products locally?

    Natural Grocers

 GMO free Shopping tools:


 Institute for Responsible Technology 

The most comprehensive source of GMO health risk information in the web.

The Institute for Responsible Technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. We investigate and report their risks and impact on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, as well as the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.

Organic Consumers Association 

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.

Non GMO Project

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

Make a NON GMO product request.

Cornucopia Institute

The Cornucopia Institute, through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media. We support economic justice for the family-scale farming community – partnered with consumers – backing ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food.


The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS uses legal actions, groundbreaking scientific and policy reports, books and other educational materials, market pressure and grass roots campaigns through our True Food Network. CFS's successful legal cases collectively represent a landmark body of case law on food and agricultural issues.

Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.

Natural News

The NaturalNews Network is a non-profit collection of public education websites covering topics that empower individuals to make positive changes in their health, environmental sensitivity, consumer choices and informed skepticism. The NaturalNews Network is owned and operated by Truth Publishing International, Ltd., a Taiwan corporation. It is notrecognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit in the United States, but it operates without a profit incentive, and its key writer, Mike Adams, receives absolutely no payment for his time, articles or books other than reimbursement for items purchased in order to conduct product reviews.

GMO Awareness

GMO Awareness is uniting everyone in the United States who cares about food quality. We have a unique strategy in place that will empower you to take simple and effective action. "Everyone who cares taking the most effective action"—that's the winning formula that will bring about labeling.

Say No To GMOs

The Say No To GMOs! site offers extensive information on the complex and controversial issue of genetic engineering. The comprehensive collection of documentation spanning over a decade offers a unique opportunity for research that is not found in one place anywhere else online.

Organic Trade Association

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people's lives and the environment.  
OTA represents businesses across the organic supply chain and addresses all things organic, including food, fiber/textiles, personal care products, and new sectors as they develop. Over sixty percent of OTA trade members are small businesses. 

GE Food Alert

Reliable source for information and articles on genetically engineered foods.

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