Soybeans are made out of people! Out of people! If you don't know that movie, just do what you normally do and ignore me. Genetically modified foods are foods that have their genetics modified. Somebody does a heckuva job with the names of these things. Almost as good as the island of Joetopia. They modify the food by either removing or adding a gene. For instance there have been tomatoes that were altered to delay ripening. I don't know about you, but the thought of altered food makes me a little leery. Several countries have placed a 5 year hold on the use of genetically modified foods in their country and some have outright banned them. There just isn't enough information and research out there for my taste (slight pun intended). So how do you avoid genetically modified food? Here are a few things you can do.
1. If you are looking at produce look at the code on there. If it is a 4 digit code you are good (a red delicious apple is 4065, just trust me on that). If it has a 5 digit code beginning with 8 it is altered. A 5 digit code starting with 9 is organic.
2. Buy beef that is grass fed. Much of the corn that other cows are fed is altered.
3. Here are some products that are likely to have at least a portion altered or have altered food involved:
  • Corn
  • Rapeseed/Canola - Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to herbicide.
  • Sugar beets - Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.
  • Cotton - engineered to produce Bt toxin. The seeds are pressed into cottonseed oil, which is a common ingredient in vegetable oil and margarine.
  • Dairy - Cows injected with GE hormone rBGH/rBST; possibly fed GM grains and hay.
  • Aspartame/AminoSweet - Addictive and dangerous artificial sweetener commonly found in chewing gum and "diet" beverages. A building block of aspartame, the amino acid phenylalanine, is usually manufactured with the aid of genetically modified E. coli bacteria. This process has been used industrially in the USA for many years.
  • Papayas
  • Farm Raised Salmon
  • 4. Buy 100% organic to be guaranteed it is not altered.
    Just like processed foods, they are not making these foods with your health in mind. They are making these to make money. There are possible positives to them, but until they are studied more thoroughly I would recommend avoiding them wherever and whenever possible.