What we do to others, and everything else - we do to ourselves.
|Global March Against Monsanto|
Vancouver Art Gallery Steps - Oct 12, 2013
- Anything that has a corn derivative (maltodextrin, dextrin, corn starch, high-fructose corn syrup, fructose etc) or soy, is likely GMO unless specifically says non, because majority of corn and soy crops have been infected with the GMO strain.
- This is a great initiative that helps consumers know what products are verified GMO free (until producers are actually required to label it). They have their verified non-gmo products all listed on their site too - so you can plan in advance, and figure out which stores have these products.
- You can even submit a request for a product that you wish to see verified if it's not yet - see here
- Their website, in general, is a great start. It provides a plethora of tools on how to navigate the GMO and non GMO realm.
- Producers: email or call them to ask if their products are GMO free, the more they see consumers caring about this, the more willing they will be to change. After all – we have the last say as we vote with our dollar. I recently did this with a few companies – an example is below – no more Miss Vicky’s for me (which I realize they are not a good choice in the first place but sometimes we have cravings that are leftover as our bodies transition into this new era) and luckily we have this brand that is verified GMO free
- Regulating Bodies: contact your local city councillors, federal, or provincial regulatory members. A bit of searching online, or calling the city (311 in Vancouver) and asking some questions, will point you in the right direction. You can take direct action here and they also have their own 8 things you can do! which is super helpful. Here is some info for Canada. A quick internet search will give you a lot to work with!
- Friends and family: talk about it, bring it into conversation and get it into your dialogue - the more people hear and know about it, the better we will be. This is an important issue that affects us all
|Here is an email I sent. I gathered they did use GMO but I wanted to find out for certain, and also let them know this was something their "consumers" were worried about. The answer is clear - I won't be eating these chips again.|
So, as you see it's quite the subject and I've really only hit on a few aspects here. There is lots of great information out there, but by the same token there is also a lot of media from those who stand to gain from GMO production - so know what you're reading, and if the source is credible. At the end of the day - ask your self what you feel comfortable with. Gambling with our life or playing it safe? I'm going to go with playing it safe.