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mellowsong
05-22-09, 02:10 PM
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Genetically Modified Ingredients Overview
Here is a summary of what crops, foods and food ingredients have been genetically modified as of July, 2007:
Currently Commercialized GM Crops in the U.S.:
(Number in parentheses represents the estimated percent that is genetically modified.)
Soy (89%)
Cotton (83%)
Canola (75%)
Corn (61%)
Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%)
Alfalfa, zucchini and yellow squash (small amount)
Tobacco (Quest® brand)
Other Sources of GMOs:

Dairy products from cows injected with rbGH.
Food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet®) and rennet used to make hard cheeses
Meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed
Honey and bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen
Contamination or pollination caused by GM seeds or pollen
Some of the Ingredients That May Be Genetically Modified:
Vegetable oil, vegetable fat and margarines (made with soy, corn, cottonseed, and/or canola)
Ingredients derived from soybeans: Soy flour, soy protein, soy isolates, soy isoflavones, soy lecithin, vegetable proteins, textured vegetable protein (TVP), tofu, tamari, tempeh, and soy protein supplements.
Ingredients derived from corn: Corn flour, corn gluten, corn masa, corn starch, corn syrup, cornmeal, and High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).
Some Food Additives May Also Be Derived From GM Sources:
The list may change as we encounter new information: ascorbic acid/ascorbate (Vitamin C), cellulose, citric acid, cobalamin (vitamin B12), cyclodextrin, cystein, dextrin, dextrose, diacetyl, fructose (especially crystalline fructose), glucose, glutamate, glutamic acid, gluten, glycerides (mono- and diglycerides), glycerol, glycerol, glycerine, glycine, hemicellulose, , hydrogenated starch hydrolates, hydrolyzed vegetable protein or starch, inositol, invert sugar or inverse syrup, (also may be listed as inversol or colorose), lactic acid, lactoflavin, lecithin, leucine, lysine, maltose, maltitol, maltodextrin, mannitol, methylcellulose, milo starch, modified food starch, monooleate, mono- and diglycerides, monosodium glutamate (MSG), oleic acid, phenylalanine, phytic acid, riboflavin (Vitamin B2) sorbitol, stearic acid, threonine, tocopherol (Vitamin E), trehalose, xanthan gum, and zein.
Some of the Foods That May Contain GM Ingredients:
Infant formula
Salad dressing
Bread
Cereal
Hamburgers and hotdogs
Margarine
Mayonnaise
Crackers
Cookies
Chocolate
Candy
Fried food
Chips
Veggie burgers
Meat substitutes
Ice cream
Frozen yogurt
Tofu
Tamari
Soy sauce
Soy cheese
Tomato sauce
Protein powder
Baking powder (sometimes contains corn starch)
Powdered/Confectioner's sugar (often contains corn starch)
Confectioner´s glaze
Alcohol
Vanilla
Powdered sugar
Peanut butter
Enriched flour
Vanilla extract (sometimes contains corn syrup)
Pasta
Malt
White vinegar
Non-Food Items That May Contain GM Ingredients:
Cosmetics
Soaps
Detergents
Shampoo
Bubble bath
Sources for "Genetically Modified Ingredients Overview:
Natural Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture: Acreage. Available at: http://www.thecampaign.org/Acre-06-30-2006.pdf (http://www.thecampaign.org/Acre-06-30-2006.pdf) (2006)
Cornell Cooperative Extension, GEO-PIE (Genetically Engineered Organisms Public Issues Education) Project. http://www.geo-pie.cornell.edu/crops/ingredients.html (http://www.geo-pie.cornell.edu/crops/ingredients.html)
Ruth Winter , A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives: Descriptions in plain English of more than 12,000 ingredients both harmful and desirable found in foods, 6th ed. (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2004).
Robert S. Igoe , The Dictionary of Food Ingredients, 2nd ed. (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989).
Research Triangle Institute, "Economic Characterization of the Dietary Supplement Industry" March 1999. Available at: http://www.cfsan..fda.gov/~acrobat/ds-econ.pdf (http://www.cfsan..fda.gov/~acrobat/ds-econ.pdf)
Codex General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) Online Database of the World Health Organization(WHO) Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) of the United Nations and the reports of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). Available at: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/gsfaonline/additives/index.html (http://www.codexalimentarius.net/gsfaonline/additives/index.html)
The University of Maryland Medical Center database of supplements by name: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsLookups/Supplements.html (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsLookups/Supplements.html)
Archives of the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/ (http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/)
Reports of the European Commission Scientific Committee for Food: http://ec..europa.eu/food/fs/sc/scf/reports_en.html (http://ec..europa.eu/food/fs/sc/scf/reports_en.html)
U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) PubMed Central (PMC): http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/ (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/)
Also consulted the following industry sites:
http://www.corn.org/web/bioprod.htm (http://www.corn.org/web/bioprod.htm)
http://www.confectionerynews.com/news/ng.asp?n=70687-danisco-xylitol-sugar (http://www.confectionerynews.com/news/ng.asp?n=70687-danisco-xylitol-sugar)
http://www.grainprocessing.com/food/malinfo.html (http://www.grainprocessing.com/food/malinfo.html)
http://www.cargillfoods.com/pdfs/sweeteners.pdf/ca198.pdf (http://www.cargillfoods.com/pdfs/sweeteners.pdf/ca198.pdf)

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Islander
05-22-09, 07:40 PM
Thanks, that's an eye-opener!

DizzyIzzy
05-22-09, 10:44 PM
...So pretty much everything edible?

Even more reason to go organic. What's a couple of dollars extra when it could save your life and that of your children, and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and... you get it.

Aaltrude
05-23-09, 12:37 AM
...So pretty much everything edible?

Even more reason to go organic.

I would take that one step further and say both organic and local. When you buy organic goods produced overseas you have no idea how stringent their organic standards are. Small organic farmers are likely to be be farming that way because they care about the health of their family, they will be eating the food they produce themselves and I feel it is a better bet than produce churned out by a larger producer.

mellowsong
05-25-09, 12:11 PM
Small local farmers are least likely to be using GMO crops even if they do use conventional farming methods HOWEVER, what I have discovered locally, is that because of the climate and huge insect population, organic corn and soy cannot be grown here (I don't eat either) so most of it is heavily treated with pesticides. I've talked to some of the local farmers at the Farmer's Market. Although most of them deny using GMO (except corn) they all admit to heavy pesticide use and moderate use of fungicides and things like Round UP....so I personally avoid it. Again, they say they have to because of climate and doing anything else is too expensive and labor intensive.

Aaltrude
05-25-09, 04:01 PM
Again, they say they have to because of climate and doing anything else is too expensive and labor intensive.

Which is why organic food is often more expensive than non organic food. There are things you can do to minimize the problems. For instance mixed cropping helps to control pests. they are a much greater problem when you have a mono culture as it is easier for the pests to zero in on their target than when their target plants are masked by other plants growing nearby. Having some weeds growing helps to control pests as well therefore where it is not a good idea to have to many weeds as they compete for nutrients with your crop, it is not necessary to totally eliminate them as the presence of some weeds will help control pests.
If you are buying organic food from an organic grower at a Farmer's Market then the chances are they will be selling a variety of crops.