Prop 37, the initiative that would have required labeling of foods made with genetically engineering ingredients, may not have passed in California (although some folks are still holding out hope until the final count is in) but the movement to label GMOs is still in full swing. What’s next?
1. Avoid GMOs.
Download our one-page tri-fold GMO-free Shopping Guide to help navigate the aisles at your grocery store.
The GM crops currently commercialized in the United States are:
- sugar beets
- Hawaiian papaya
- yellow squash
Continue to avoid GMOs by purchasing organic products or products that are non-GMO verified especially when it comes to the GM foods listed above. When you read labels, look out for ingredients that may be genetically modified such as vegetable oil and margarines (made with soy, corn, cottonseed, and/or canola), vegetable protein, tofu, tempeh, corn syrup, corn starch, lecithin, aspartame, and sugar (unless specified as cane sugar). For a more extensive list of invisible GM ingredients to watch out for, see below.
And don’t forgot to check the ingredients on soaps, cleaning supplies and cosmetics too!
2. Vote with your dollars.
Boycott companies that fought against your right to know what’s in your food. If we hit them where it hurts (their bottom line), companies will consider reformulating their products to use only non-GMO ingredients.
For a complete list of companies and brands that donated $46 million dollars to oppose labeling GMOs, click here.
3. Support the food heroes
Support the companies and organizations who believe that consumers have the right to know what’s in their food AND put their money where their mouth is to support labeling GMOs.
For a list of companies and brands that support GMO labeling, click here.
4. Stay involved in the fight for transparency in our food system.
Join, support and volunteer with organizations who are working to stop the genetic engineering of our food supply. A few we love include:
GMOs Hiding in Your Food
Unless the foods are organic or non-GMO verified, these ingredients are likely made from GMOs:
Aspartame (also called AminoSweet®, NutraSweet®, Equal Spoonful®, Canderel®, BeneVia®, E951)
canola oil (rapeseed oil)
cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
fructose (any form)
high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
hydrolyzed vegetable protein
modified food starch
mono and diglycerides
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
soy protein isolate
sugar (unless specified as cane sugar)
textured vegetable protein
tocopherols (vitamin E)
Thank you to the Institute for Responsible Technology for this list of hidden ingredients.