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Grocery Guide to Avoiding GE Foods

February 19, 2009

Download our brand new Pocket Shoppers’ Guide to Avoiding GE Foods – Updated for 2008!

After a long wait, we are pleased to announce the arrival of our updated, portable pocket shoppers’ guide to help you find and avoid GE ingredients wherever you shop. Our guide gives you valuable information on common GE ingredients, brands to look for, and look out for, and common sense tips to keep you in the know. Stop shopping in the dark and download your new pocket shoppers’ guide today! In the coming weeks, the Guide will be available in several formats online and in print. Stay tuned to find out how to order your copy!

Go behind the label and get the facts on genetically engineered foods. What’s going on ‘behind the label’ of the food on our supermarket shelves in the United States? A secret genetic experiment… and you should know that just because it’s not listed on labels, doesn’t mean it’s not there. So what’s an American consumer to do? Go behind the label!

A guide to the list
The True Food Shopping List was compiled because you have the right to know what’s in your food! Today, thousands of products on supermarket shelves are made with ingredients from genetically engineered (GE) crops. But GE foods are not labeled in the U.S., despite warnings from doctors and scientists that these foods may not be safe in the diet or the environment.

The list focuses on foods made with ingredients that are commonly derived from GE crops. The most widely grown GE crops, accounting for nearly 99% of the GE crop acreage in North America, are corn, soy, canola and cotton. The list does not include foods that are not yet genetically engineered, such as most fruits and vegetables, olive oils, whole wheat or rice products, or other foods that do not contain GE ingredients on the market. Additionally, as GE ingredients are NOT allowed in organic food production, they are not included in full in this list. Click on the Shop Organic link on the right to find out more about organic products.

We compiled the list primarily from direct communications with food producers. In some cases, we received company policy statements from consumers who passed these on to us. In addition to written statements, we spoke to many company representatives to clarify or assess their position. Products on the RED list contain ingredients that come from the most common GE crops (corn, soy, canola, cotton). Companies with products on this list have confirmed that their products may have or are likely to be made with GE ingredients, or have not denied using GE foods when given the opportunity to do so. Companies on the GREEN list have made a concerted effort to avoid GE ingredients and have company policies asserting their position on avoiding GE foods.

As ingredients change in products all the time, the best thing is to check the ingredients list of the products you buy often. Keep a look out for:

Corn: corn oil, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, corn meal
Soy: soy protein, soy lecithin, soy oil, soy sauce, soy isolates
Canola: canola oil
Cotton: cottonseed oil

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