Sure it may be easy for some to go through a grocery store, read a labels and know what you are buying is Non-GMO.  But for most this is not easy, with so many different ingredients and names of things, where do you start?  Well first knowing what the main genetically modified crops is a good start.  So at this time the only crops allowed to be genetically modified and sold in stores are alfalfa, canola (rapeseed), corn, cottonseed oil, Hawaiian Papaya, Soy, Sugar Beet, Zucchini, Yellow Summer Squash.  And genetically modified Apples have recently been approved in the USA to be sold but they are not yet on the market.  So knowing these main crops can help you make sure that if you are going to buy these to get them organic.  Also remember that anything that comes from an animal might be GMO since they are given GMO corn and soy to eat.  So dairy and eggs should also be organic or be fed food that is Non-GMO.  Where it gets tricky is when you buy foods that are pre-made or in packages.  This is because even if you do not see “corn” or “soy” or “canola” on the ingredients list the GMO’s might be in there from the “sugar” or “flavours”.  And also there is a lot of ingredients most of us don’t even know what they are or can even pronounce!  Today I found a really great tool that might just be a way to help us all out with this grocery problem.  You can easily download it on your phone and scan the food you are wondering about and it tells you if it is GMO free!  And it is not only GMO’s it will tell you about, but if the company that makes the product protects human rights, the rain forest and so on. It’s called Open Label and here is a link to their website if you would like to download the app.  Read more about this app in this news article in the Vancouver Sun here.   Let me know what you think of this great free tool Open Label!

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