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You Can Rid Your Life of GMOs

By:  Kelly  O'Donnell  Abe's Enthusiast  December 19th, 2013

If you’re a consumer in the United States, GMOs — genetically modified organisms, or food products whose DNA has been tinkered with to create insect or disease resistance, better yields or other features — are hard to avoid. The Non-GMO Project estimates at least 80 percent of U.S. conventional processed foods contain a GMO ingredient (although government statistics to verify that claim are harder to find).  

The health consequences of eating genetically modified organisms are largely unknown; because of that, the European Union has banned GMOs, as have Australia, Japan, the UK and two dozen other countries. Genetically engineered foods have not been shown to be safe to eat and may have unpredictable consequences for our bodies, future crop production and the environment. As difficult as these ingredients may be to avoid, there are some steps you can take to lower or eliminate your intake of genetically modified foods and get GMO-free products:

3 Ways to Avoid GMOs & Educate Yourself

Know the Risky Foods:
According to the Non-GMO Project, the highest risk crops include:

  • Alfalfa
  • Canola
  • Corn
  • Papaya
  • Soy
  • Sugar Beets
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash
  • Animal products (milk, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) because of contamination in feed.

Some produce has no known genetically modified version on U.S. store shelves today, including tomatoes and potatoes. Shop with confidence for those items and investigate the others carefully. 

Be Discerning and Read Labels

Finding non-GMO foods is getting easier, thanks to educational campaigns and voluntary product labeling. Another easy way: Download the Non-GMO Project App or use Abe’s Qualities' handy “Non GMO” filter to find only those products that are certified non-GMO. You’ll find products like Quinn Popcorn: Microwave Popcorn Reinvented or Sweet Chili Sprouted Tortilla Chips, great tasting snacks that are guaranteed to be GMO-free.

It Goes Beyond Food

Genetically modified ingredients can lurk anywhere, so if you’re serious about getting free from GMO products pay attention in the health and beauty aisles, too. You can buy plenty of non-GMO baby and kid products, health remedies, cosmetics and home products to choose from. 


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Kelly O'Donnell

Abe's Enthusiast

Kelly O'Donnell Kelly O’Donnell is a full-time mom to two girls and part-time marketing and communications maven from Michigan, where she consults to professional service firms and private equity businesses.

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