Consumers' Guide Identifies Genetically Engineered (GE) Ingredients

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In North America it's virtually impossible to know if what you're eating contains genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. But, it's a good bet that if you eat processed food at least one of the ingredients in what you're eating has been genetically engineered. And buying organic food ensures the absence of engineering. But the specifics are tough to nail down and always changing. So what's a concerned consumer to do?

Read on to find out how to identify products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Food activist Abra Brynne spent the recent winter holiday season revising her "Canadian Consumerʼs Guide to ingredients which may have been genetically engineered". Her alternate title is "How to become a detective in your own food system", which illustrates the fact that GE ingredients are lurking in mysterious corners of our food. And while the guide focuses on the Canadian food system, it's a good jumping off point for U.S. residents as well.

Here's Brynne on why she wrote the guide:

The intent of the booklet was, and still is, to empower those who eat with as much information as possible to enable them to decipher and understand the potential risks in their food choices. I eschewed the idea of a brand names list for a number of reasons. The chief of these came from my own communication with food manufacturers which led me to believe that many of them were, at that time (and possibly still are) either ignorant of the whole issue and the possible repercussions for their own product lines, or did not consider it to be of significant concern. I was also very aware, as someone who was then working in the food industry, that food manufacturers change their ingredients with no obligation to notify their buyers.

The guide lists all of the genetically engineered crops that have been approved to be grown in Canada along with the derivatives of the five main genetically engineered crops: soy, canola, cotton, corn and potatoes. These derivatives are what shows up on the ingredient list of processed foods. Brynne also includes a section on recombinant bovine growth hormone, which is especially pertinent to U.S. readers.

Thank you Abra!

Via Peeling The Onion
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