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Preserving our right to choose GMO-free foods

Non-GMO Project

18 October, 2011

The Non-GMO Project was founded by leaders representing all sectors of the organic and  natural products industry in the US and Canada

It is grounded in the belief that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The Project is a non-profit organisation committed to identifying, preserving and building sources of non-GMO products in the marketplace. It has a role in educating consumers as well as running its own independent product verification programme.

Currently, the most common GMOs are soya, cotton, canola, corn, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, and squash (zucchini [courgette]  and yellow).

Many of these items appear as added ingredients in a large amount of the foods we eat. For instance, your family may not eat tofu or drink soya milk, but soya is most likely present in a large percentage of the foods in your pantry.

GMOs may be hidden in common processed food ingredients such as: amino acids, aspartame, ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, vitamin C, citric acid, sodium citrate, flavourings (“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.

The Project website is full of good information and allows users to search for verified GMO-free alternatives to a wide range of products.