Last election, Colorado rejected Prop. 105, which would require labeling genetically modified foods — the second time it has been rejected in the state. So accept defeat or navigate your right to know?
While the polls have closed, Coloradans can vote every day with their wallets and more companies each day are joining the cause to help consumers live in a GMO free world. The rule still stands: make sure you buy at the store or your local farmers market that is certified organic or carries a Non-GMO Verified label. Here are some resources to help you stay ahead of your health and maintain your right to know.
Tip #1: Buy Organic
Organic producers cannot intentionally use GMOs.
Tip #2: Look for “Non-GMO” Verified Seals
Tip #3: Avoid At-Risk Ingredients
If it’s not labeled organic, or doesn’t have a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, then avoid processed food products ingredients made with these GM crops: Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed and Beet sugar. Check out IRT’s invisible GM ingredient list.
Tip #4 Buy GMO Free Brands
Here is an ever growing list of brands that source their ingredients from GMO-free ingredients (scroll about half way down the page).
Tip #5: Download GMO Free Shopping Guide
Use Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you identify and avoid GM foods. IRT devotes an entire page to help you uncover hidden GM ingredients on food labels that often read more like a chemical periodic table. If you have an iPhone, download their ShopNoGMO guide for free from the iTunes store.
GMO Awareness also has great resources on Gluten-Free / GMO-Free Flour, and Certified Organic and Grass-Fed Meat too.
Among many others, here are some organizations that publicly supported the ballot and you can expect do their part to help the cause:
Food and agricultural organizations