Scientists argue about the impact of GM foods on health. The USA, Canada, and China grow modified corn, soybeans, and potatoes, while Austria, Greece, and Hungary declared themselves GMO-free.
The harm of GM products isn’t proved, but if it’s important to you that your food is completely organic, Epinny will tell you how to avoid GM foods.
GMO means genetically modified organisms (plants, animals, microorganisms) with transplanted genes from other organisms.
GM foods are resistant to pests, herbicides, fungi, and viruses. They taste better and grow faster than organic products.
For now, there’s no scientific proof that modified products are harmful to humans. Numerous international research institutions and scientific organizations prove it.
GM products can cause an allergic reaction. For example, if you’re allergic to hazelnuts and you ate a product with hazelnut genes, it may cause an allergic reaction. This is why you should always read the information on labels attentively.
1. Read the label.
Organic products are marked in a special way. Look for “100% organic,“ ”Organic,“ or “Made with organic ingredients” labels. They guarantee the product doesn’t contain GM components.
Pay attention to the inscriptions ”GMO-free,“ ”Non-GMO," or “Made without genetically modified ingredients.” These products may contain GMO but no more than 0.9%.
In the USA, fruit and vegetables are marked with a PLU-code of 5 numbers on a label. The code on GM products starts with an 8.
2. Pay attention to how the product looks.
Genetically modified foods look perfect. They have the right shape, the same size, and a long shelf life because new genes let them resist negative external impact. For example, the Bacillus thuringiensis gene added to GM plants produces a toxin that poisons pests.
If vegetables are touched by insects, they’re probably organic.
3. If it’s important to you to avoid GM foods, remember this list:
78% of soybeans, 33% of corn, 64% of cotton, and 24% of the rapeseed in the world are transgenic.
They’re added to such foods as:
*Dairy and cheese products
*Semi-finished products and flour mixtures
*Breakfast cereals and instant porridge
*Bread and confectionery
*Cottonseed and peanut butter