Take Direct Action Against Genetic Modification!
According to Natural News, the refusal of federal and state governments to require mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods has led a US grassroots network calling themselves “Label it Yourself” to take matters into their own hands. They have started their own campaign to affix warning labels on processed and non-organic food products that likely contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Anyone with a computer and printer can join. Download GMO warning stickers at Label It Yourself. Print them out on Avery 5164 labels (4.25 x 3.33 in). No need to join a group or attend boring meetings. It’s more fun, of course, to do it with friends.
Choosing Foods to Label
Natural News reports that GMOs have become so prevalent throughout the US food supply that most non-organic foods sold in stores today, particularly those that are processed, contain them. It’s estimated that roughly 80 percent of all conventional, processed foods sold in the US contain GMOs.
The most common culprits are conventional foods that contain canola, corn, cotton, soy, or sugar, or any derivatives of these. Some common ingredients to look for that are likely to include GMOs include:
• high fructose corn syrup / corn syrup
• corn starch / corn oil / corn meal
• soybean oil / soy protein / soy lecithin / soy protein isolate / textured vegetable protein
• cottonseed oil
• canola oil
• fructose / dextrose / glucose
• xanthan gum
• yeast extract / monosodium glutamate
• vegetable oil
• food colorings
• sugar / brown sugar
Learn more about the “Label Itself Campaign” at GMOs Label It Yourself
Learn more about serious human health problems associated with GMOs at Spilling the Beans
(GMOs in New Zealand – Owing to strong consumer resistance, no GM crops are grown commercially in New Zealand. GM foods sold in New Zealand must be labeled ‘genetically modified’ if they contain DNA or protein from a GM source or they have altered characteristics compared to their non-GM counterpart such as a changed fatty acid profile – see MfE website)