Written by Émilie St-Hilaire, Four Green Steps
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 06:42
Five Tips to Stay Away From GMO
In Canada and the United-States, food products that have been genetically modified are not identified in supermarkets; there is no law that obliges producers to label them. The effects of GMOs are still unknown and obscure. Many people try to avoid including them in their diet. Here are a few tips if you want to do the same.
- Look at the little stickers on fruit and vegetables. They have a code on them, called a PLU code. Basically, a code with four numbers, like 4011, indicates a conventional product (Not organic, but no GMO). If the code starts with a 9, like 94011, this is an organic fruit or vegetable. And if it starts with an 8, like 84011, it is genetically modified.
- Buy fresh and local. Small local farms are often less likely to be growing genetically modified in their fields. And fresh foods do not contain chemical conservation agents.
- Avoid soy, corn, canola and cottonseed. These are the top four genetically modified crops. There is therefore a high change that any product containing them in big quantity may contain GMO. For example, you can replace canola oil by 100% extra virgin olive oil for a GMO free alternative.
- Choose foods that are labeled organic. Processed foods that are organic are usually labeled, so choosing these products is easy. They do not contain pesticides, GMOs or chemical additives.
- Grow your own fruit and vegetables at home! It is a fun alternative, it is cheap, and you know exactly where your food comes from.
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