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GMO Foods – Genetically Modified Organisms

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The use of genetically engineered organisms is prohibited under organic food standards. Organic foods are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals or irradiation. GE livestock feed is also prohibited. The best way to avoid GE foods is to purchase 100 per cent Certified Organic products, whole foods, and fresh produce.

Recent polls across the world have shown that, if they had a choice, 90% of people would actively seek to avoid GMOs in their food.

What is Genetically Modified Food?

Genetically engineered or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are created by taking genes from organisms such as bacteria, viruses or animals and inserting them into other, often unrelated, species. Unlike traditional breeding, genetic engineering creates new organisms that would never occur in nature, creating new and unpredictable health and environmental risks. The term “genetically engineered (GE) food” refers to any product containing or derived from GMOs. In Canada, up to 70 per cent of the processed foods found in grocery stores contain GE ingredients. The most common GE ingredients come from crops like corn, soy, canola and cotton. Biotechnology companies like Monsanto genetically engineer these crops to produce a pesticide or to withstand the application of herbicides.

The Health and Environmental Risks of GMOs

The planting of GE crops on millions of hectares of land and their introduction into our food supply is a giant genetic experiment. As living, reproducing organisms, GMOs form a type of living pollution that can spread across vast areas creating environmental risks that are unprecedented and possibly irreversible. Health risks associated with GE food include the development of antibiotic resistance, allergic reactions, nutritional changes, and the creation of toxins.

How to Identify GMOs in Canada

To put it simply, you can’t. Even though mandatory labeling of GE foods is law in more than 40 countries worldwide, including Australia, New Zealand, China, and most European countries, Canada has opted for voluntary measures that are unlikely to lead to labels on GE food. In 2001, Canadian Members of Parliament voted down a law that would have required mandatory labeling.

How to Avoid GMOs

1.      Buy Locally Produced Food. The majority of GMOs are used by large multinational corporations who buy direct from large farms. Most of the produce from local mom and pop farmers have yet to become genetically modified.

2.      Buy Organically Grown Food. The organic certification process does not allow for GMOs.

3.      Avoid the Top Four GMO Crops of Soy, Corn, Canola, and Cottonseed. Whenever you go for dinner and consume something fried, you are most likely consuming GMOs from the oil. The Apple Organic Bistro does not use any GM oil.

4.      Avoid Artificial Sweeteners and Additives. Did you know that aspartame is actually the excrement of Genetically Modified e.coli bacteria?

5.      Look for the Non-GMO label and research companies who have vowed to remain GMO free.




Posted on September 10,2010
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