The Non-GMO Shopping Guide was produced as a cooperative effort between the Institute for Responsible Technology and The Non-GMO Project to inform consumers about healthy food choices.
This Non-GMO Shopping Guide will help people identify and avoid foods with GMOs. Products in stores, including organic products, that feature the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal tells consumers that at-risk ingredients have been tested for GMO content.
Consumers also need to know the country of origin of foods purchased. Many countries have little to no safeguards for growing, preparing or preserving foods exported. Knowing that some oriental countries have no safe drinking or cooking water should be enough to tell consumers their food products may not be safe to eat.
Bar codes won't necessarily tell where the food came from. The first six digits tell what country manufactured the item, not the country of origin. For example, a company may farm shrimp in Taiwan, but sends the shrimp to England to be packaged and shipped. The bar code would show England as the manufacturer and the consumer would still be in the dark.
Look for the 'made in the USA' stamp or 'made in _____' on the product. If it was truly made in the USA, it will have that stamp somewhere on the product. Other countries that are trusted to inspect their food products may or may not have a 'made in' stamp.
Some foods imported from countries that don't allow genetically modified organisms may be safer to eat than the same product grown in the US. The safest way to shop is with the Non-GMO shopping guide and the avoidance of all pre-packaged goods such as cake mixes, cookies, crackers, rice and pasta mixes and entrees. By growing your own vegetables organically from non-GMO seeds, you just might have a chance of eating a healthy meal.
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