Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: What about Non GMO Corn & Soy?

This is a tough question to answer. There are food companies that make the effort to source non GMO corn and soy for their products. Part of me wants to support their efforts to provide safe food. Another part wonders how long will these
non GMO crops remain uncontaminated? Wind and insect pollinators don’t respect organic buffers. Do we know that the ingredients truly are pure? How frequently is analysis done to ascertain that all the soy and corn is truly not genetically engineered?breakfast cornflakes 300.jpg
Trust
I read an article about a farmer who was buying non GMO livestock feed. To double check, he had testing done and found that his feed was NOT GM free. In relaying this, I’m not assigning blame. Stuff slips in. Crops grown from non GM seed may be cross pollinated. The farmer doesn’t realize this happened and saves seed which he plants. He believes he is growing unadulterated plants. With the high percentages of GM corn(85% of planted acres) and soy (93% of planted acres), it’s logical that soon there will be no uncontaminated seed. Therefore, my philosophy is the best way to avoid GMOs is to avoid all GM crops. That’s what I’ve done with the sheep, dairy goats, rabbits, chickens and dogs that we raise. Although, this is much harder with a human diet because of the diversity.
Sources for food made with non GM soy and corn
Everyone doesn’t have to share my opinion. There might be foods so much a part of your diet that doing without them is too difficult. For me, it’s popcorn. There may be a company producing that food using non GMO corn or soy. Maybe, you like to back those manufacturers trying to do the ethical thing. The institute for Responsible Technology has compiled a Non-GMO Shopping Guide that gives sources for such food. The free guide is a good starting point. My favorite source is the Non-GMO Project. Their interface is simple to use and can be searched by product or by brand. When a product has been verified GMO free, the Non-GMO Project seal will be on the package.

Resources
Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S
Non-GMO Shopping Guide
The Non-GMO Project

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Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: What about Non GMO Corn & Soy? — 1 Comment

  1. I agree that it’s hard to believe that GMOs are not more widespread via pollination contamination. That’s the biggest motivator for us to grow our own corn and popcorn, although I didn’t realize they had finally developed a GM’d popcorn. I often feel like the American public has been the great scientific guinea pig of the century.

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