How To Shop To Avoid Genetically Engineered Foods
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HOW TO SHOP TO AVOID GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS:
FOODS TO AVOID OR BOYCOTT:
SPECIFIC BRAND NAME PRODUCTS TO BOYCOTT:
THESE COMPANIES USE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS IN
SOME OR ALL OF THEIR PRODUCTS:
Coca Cola (corn syrup and/or Aspartame), Fritos (corn),
Green Giant Harvest Burgers (soy), McDonald's French
Fries (potatoes), Nestle's chocolates (soy), Karo Corn
Syrup (corn), NutraSweet (Aspartame), Kraft Salad Dressings
(canola oil), Fleishmann's margarine (soy), Similac
Infant Formula (soy), Land o Lakes butter (rBGH),
Cabot Creamery Butter (rBGH).
AVOID ALL OTHER CONVENTIONAL (NOT CERTIFIED-ORGANIC) TOMATOES,
POTATOES, CORN, SOY, CANOLA OIL, COTTON SEED OIL, AND
YELLOW CROOK-NECK SQUASH:
TOMATOES: Genetically engineered with bacteria-derived
kanamycin resistance genes, Antisense backwards DNA,
antibiotic marker genes, viruses, and DNA of flounder
and North Atlantic shellfish. This and the following
genetically engineered foods have antibiotic marker genes
used to facilitate the genetic engineering process.
They can cause allergies and autoimmune disease.
POTATOES: Genetically engineered with wax moth insect
DNA; genetically engineered to produce its own pesticide
internally with the DNA of bacillus thuringiensis bacteria.
CORN: Genetically engineered to tolerate high quantities
of the chemical pesticide glufosinate, and genetically
engineered with a virus and the DNA of the bacteria
SOY: Genetically engineered and DNA-altered by Monsanto
with bacteria; capable of tolerating heavy doses of
Monsanto's Roundup brand chemical pesticide (glyphosate).
YELLOW CROOK NECK SQUASH: Gene-spliced with two experimental
viruses and arbitrary marker genes, capable of causing
unpredictable and unexpected effects.
CANOLA OIL: Genetically engineered and DNA-altered with
California bay turnip and various viruses and bacterium
in order to produce high quantities of lauric acid.
COTTON SEED OIL: Genetically engineered and DNA-altered
with Arabidopsis bacterium, and viruses to be able to
withstand large applications of the chemical pesticide bromoxynil.
Bromoxynil causes birth defects in human beings.
PAPAYA: Some have been genetically engineered.
AVOID ALL PRODUCTS DERIVED FROM THE ABOVE
As of the beginning of 1997, these products will have been
genetically engineered and on the market as a percentage
of the total conventional food supply. Since they are sold
unlabeled in the conventional market, there is no way to tell
specifically which tomatoes, potatoes, corn, soy, etc. have been
actually genetically engineered. If you live in a nation
which may receive imports from the U.S. and Canada, you
should also avoid these non-organic foods as a safety precaution.
Your own nation or another exporting to yours may be doing
genetic engineering. Eat only organic food if possible.
Even if you buy seeds to grow your own food, buy only organic seeds.
AVOID EATING IN NON-ORGANIC RESTAURANTS
Unless the restaurant management makes it clear in writing
that they are committed to using only non-genetically
engineered foods and products, avoid eating out as much as
possible. Since genetically engineered foods are not labeled,
they also have no idea which of their tomato, potato, corn,
soy, canola, yellow-crook-neck squash products
may be genetically engineered.
READ LABELS CAREFULLY: BE CAREFUL WITH ALL PROCESSED FOODS
WATCH OUT FOR CONVENTIONAL, NON-ORGANIC CORN
AND SOY, BECAUSE THEY ARE IN SO MANY PRODUCTS:
Avoid corn syrup, fructose, and fructose corn syrup in almost all
beverages and sodas (even health food brands), and in almost all
sweet products, yogurt, and aspirin. Avoid corn oil, corn starch,
corn meal, baking soda, baking powder, glycose syrup; Avoid soy;
soy flour in baked goods; pizza, cookies, cakes, pasta; fillers in
meat products, (for example Big Macs) vegetarian meat substitutes,
(for example tofu, tofu burgers, tofu hot dogs) soy milk, infant formula,
baby foods; diet and protein shakes, protein bars; chocolate and
candy bars; margarine; ice cream; pet food; soy oil in salad dressings
& snack chips; soy sauce; lecithin and soy lecithin. In all, well
over 30,000 products!
AVOID rBGH MILK & DAIRY PRODUCTS (apologies to strict vegans):
Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth
hormone (rBGH), marketed through veterinarians and injected
into dairy cows, causes increased milk production and horrible
mastitis. These cows then require constant medical supervision
and continuous high doses of antibiotics. Their milk contains
high levels of pus. The cow's milk and dairy products made
from this milk also contain rBGH, bovine growth hormone.
This hormone increases cancer risk in human beings.
This is known as the artificial sweetener
Equal or NutraSweet and is made up of three chemicals
and a genetically engineered enzyme. It has been implicated
in many diseases. It breaks down into formeldahyde in the
EAT ONLY ORGANIC RENNETLESS CHEESE (apologies to strict vegans):
Most non-organic cheeses are made with a genetically engineered
rennet called chymosin.
AVOID DOUGH CONDITIONER:
This is a code word for a combination of genetically
engineered enzymes and other components, found in cheaper
breads and baked goods.
OTHER GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ADDITIVES AND ENZYMES
Avoid Amylase (used in making bread, flour, whole wheat flour,
cereals, starch), Catalase (used in making soft drinks,
egg whites, liquid whey) and Lactase.
FOODS TO FAVOR:
BUY AND EAT ONLY CERTIFIED ORGANIC FOODS:
Certified organic tomatoes, potatoes, corn, soy, canola oil,
cotton oil, and yellow-crook-neck squash are safe. Many other
genetically engineered products will be coming to market in
1997 and 1998 if the bio-tech industry has its way. By buying only
organic foods of every type, you will protect yourself and
your family from Frankenfoods. Almost everything that can be
found in your conventional food
market is also produced by the organic food industry. If you
buy a few carefully chosen conventional foods, keep up-to-date
on which few conventional foods are safe through the websites and
mailing lists at the end of this consumer report.
MEAT AND POULTRY (apologies to vegetarians)
Most livestock are being fed genetically altered feed, as well as
a disgusting mix of ground-up and often diseased and discarded animal
carcasses. The only safe beef and poultry will be those fed only
organically grown grain. Avoid commercially produced seafood.
Commercial pork has been genetically altered with DNA from
human beings. Great time to decide to be vegetarian.
FAVOR DAIRY PRODUCTS FROM COMPANIES THAT DO NOT USE
(rBGH) BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE (apologies to strict vegans)
Research and buy only from suppliers that promise on the
package or in other writing that their products are rBGH-free.
Be especially careful with butter. Buy only organic butter,
because even otherwise good companies buy cheap rBGH milk
to make butter, or else they buy their butter (rBGH) from