How to Identify Genetically Modified (GMO) Foods

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  1. 4characters

    4characters Senior member

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    How to Identify Genetically Modified (GMO) Foods.



    Types of GM foods on the market:
    -Corn (not Popcorn)
    -Soy
    -Alfalfa
    -Sugar beets
    -Papaya
    -Yellow Crookneck Squash
    -Zucchini
    -Cotton Seed
    -(Rape Seed) Canola


    Other GMO foods:
    -Honey from GMO nectar
    -Animal products from GMO fed animals
    -BT Tobacco




    GMOs not on the market:
    X-- Tomatoes
    X-- Potatoes
    X—GMO wheat is not legally on the market…




    Types of GMO traits on the market:

    BT:
    -Turns the entire plant into a living pesticide.
    -If a bug eats from a BT corn plant its stomach explodes.


    Herbicide Resistances:
    -can survive being sprayed with harmful defoliants that kill mostly everything else they come into contact with.


    The products with the listed GMO ingredient’s can avoided by:
    • Buying the products from the GMO list only when labeled GM-Free
    • Asking your local farmer about there: corn, zucchini, and yellow crookneck squash…
    • Avoiding poor quality processed foods
    • Buying organic
    • Eating foods that are in there whole form which is usually cheaper, tastier, and more nutrient rich


    Ways to choose to eat GMO:
    • It’s really hard to tell for sure; for some reason companies don’t brag about using GMOs.
     
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  4. 4characters

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    Knowledge is freedom to choose.

    Enjoy freedom.
     
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  5. 4characters

    4characters Senior member

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    Very helpful excerpt from nongmoproject.org


    "High-Risk Crops (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):
    • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
    • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
    • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
    • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
    • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
    • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
    • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
    • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)
    ALSO high-risk: animal products (milk, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) because of contamination in feed.


    Monitored Crops (those for which suspected or known incidents of contamination have occurred, and those crops which have genetically modified relatives in commercial production with which cross-pollination is possible; we test regularly to assess risk, and move to “High-Risk” category for ongoing testing if we see contamination):
    • Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
    • Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, Siberian kale)
    • Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi)
    • Curcubita (acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan)
    • Flax
    • Rice
    • Wheat


    Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
    Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“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.
    You may also be wondering about…
    • Tomatoes: In 1994, genetically modified Flavr Savr tomatoes became the first commercially produced GMOs. They were brought out of production just a few years later, in 1997, due to problems with flavor and ability to hold up in shipping. There are no genetically engineered tomatoes in commercial production, and tomatoes are considered “low-risk” by the Non-GMO Project Standard.
    • Potatoes: Genetically modified NewLeaf potatoes were introduced by Monsanto in 1996. Due to consumer rejection by several fast-food chains and chip makers, the product was never successful and was discontinued in the spring of 2001. There are no genetically engineered potatoes in commercial production, and potatoes are considered “low-risk” by the Non-GMO Project Standard.
    • Salmon: A company called AquaBounty is currently petitioning the FDA to approve its genetically engineered variety of salmon, which has met with fierce consumer resistance. Find out more here.
    • Pigs: A genetically engineered variety of pig, called Enviropig was developed by scientists at the University of Guelph, with research starting in 1995 and government approval sought beginning in 2009. In 2012 the University announced an end to the Enviropig program, and the pigs themselves were euthanized in June 2012"(nongmoproject.org)."
     
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    Polymerase chain reaction or genome sequencing.
     
  7. 4characters

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    Labeling would be better, but even now we can still gain the information necessary to make our own choices…..

    GMO?

    [ ] YES
    [ ] NO



    Your choice is hear: http://responsibletechnology.org/docs/141.pdf

    This covers all hidden and unlabeled GMOs.
     
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  8. VeryAnnoyedPers

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    Who cares? Everything we eat has been genetically modified hundreds of years ago by farmers trying to make better tasting, more nutritious, more resilient crops. i.e. better crops.

    GMOs are a red herring. Don't get your panties in a twist about trivial, overblown things like this. Don't waste your time and effort worrying about GMO's when there are way bigger issues. If people spent the same amount of effort learning how to put the chocolate bar down and eat some vegetables instead then we wouldn't have any health problems.

    People want the easy way out when it comes to health issues and fighting against "GMO" and "artificial sweeteners" and "pesticides" and "gluten free" and other overblown junk.

    Don't even get me started on how ridiculously unscientific the supposed "dangers" of artificial sweeteners are.
     
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    4characters Senior member

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    Nope, that's called breeding...
     
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    And what is the difference? The method is the only thing that is different, the results are exactly the same. Most things that neo-hippies like you think are "natural" and "organic" didn't exist until we selectively grew things over generations and generations to create something superior that didn't exist in nature.

    Now that we've advanced enough to understand that this process of selective breeding occurs by small changes in DNA (the source code of all life) over time, and we have built the technology to look at this source code, understand it and modify it at will we are doing so and making things better.

    Genetically modified foods are tastier and have better texture (far more palatable overall), don't spoil as easily, have higher fibre content, more vitamins, more minerals, more protein and are capable of being grown in a far wider range of environments ensuring a strong supply of food for the world.

    How is this a bad thing in itself? Specific examples of the process going wrong and having whatever toxic or carcinogenic properties should be treated as specific instances. All products that we consume should be extensively tested to the best of our ability, absolutely. When it's shown to be safe, however, people like you still harbour some kind of "technology phobia" and propagate your broken logic as fact. The fact that you're generalising all GMO food as bad shows how ignorant you really are. Let me guess, you refuse to ingest aspartame because it's dangerous too? Get a grip.
     
  11. 4characters

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    Wow, that’s a lot of false claims and ad-hominem attacks! You’re not going to make many friends that way.

    I’m sorry you are Anti-knowledge.

    Is it the BT toxin producing GMOs or the defoliant resistant swamp bacteria GMOs that make GMOs taste better/have a better texture, etc...? The only current GMOs on the food market either explode the stomachs of bugs (BT), or can withstand being sprayed with defoliants that kill mostly everything else (Herbicide resistant)…

    Your choice
     
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  12. VeryAnnoyedPers

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    Sorry, I might have been a bit harsh.

    It's pretty shocking that you're calling me "anti-knowledge" though when you aren't providing any reason to be scared of GMOs. What relevance is there that bugs' stomachs explode if they eat certain GMOS? Bugs have extremely different anatomies and plants in nature develop natural, harmless defenses against them. For example, plants like camellia sinensis (tea) developed a substance called "caffeine" which affects an organisms nervous system. In some animals (insects) they become paralysed and die, others (humans) get a mild uplifting boost. Just because a plant kills insects if they eat it doesn't mean it's harmful to us.

    Resistance to herbicides/pesticides is something that would develop naturally too if natural selection was allowed to take place. All we're doing is bypassing that time consuming process and changing the DNA of plants ourselves.

    I'm saying that whether by gene manipulation in a lab or gene manipulation from selective breeding the result is exactly the same, manipulation of naturally occuring things via technology. Without either, all of your favourite fruits and vegetables wouldn't really exist.

    I fail to see a single reason why GMOs are bad. All you're doing is using stretches of logic that don't really make true sense. Like I said, studies have shown them to be safe, the ones that have shown certain risk factors are being monitored for said risk factors. All of the GMO research is scientific and by peddling fear of this based on no true data or evidence you're helping keep humankind from advancing. Sounds like you're afraid of the boogeyman more than anything. GMOs are a red herring. Focus on eating a balanced, nutritious diet and exercising and you'll live long and healthy.
     
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    Apology accepted;
    I’m glad you were able to make the diction that you feel best suits you.
     
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    I don't really understand what you just said. It would be nice if you could respond with your rationale as to why you think it's important and "bad".
     
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    I never said "Bad"; please don't put words in my mouth.
    This thread merely acknowledges GMOs and lets people know what they are.
     

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