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Genetically modified ingredients appear in many processed foods

Last week, I discussed genetically modified food and the health hazards they pose. But how do you avoid them? 

Although many other countries label their GMO food, here in America we don’t. 

According to a recent survey, if GMO foods were labeled, 53 percent of participants said they would not eat them. Currently, 60 to 70 percent of our food in the United States is genetically modified. Children's foods are the No. 1 GMO-containing products.۬

Many processed foods contain 90-100 percent modified ingredients. Other foods with modified ingredients include non-organic breads, sweets, meats and beverages.

Here are a few tips to avoid GMO food:


1. Buy organic as much as possible€¨. Buy foods labeled "Non-GMO."

3. Avoid non-organic products containing corn, soy, canola, cottonseed, peanut, alfalfa, safflower, tomatoes, zucchini, crookneck squash, sugar cane, beets, peppers and papayas.۬

4. Avoid GMO offspring products, such as high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, soy lecithin, soy protein.۬

5. Avoid non-organic dairy products and all other commercialized animal products.۬

6. Grow your own food products or purchase them from local farmers who don't use modified products.

7. Use a non-GMO shopping guide.

The vegetables at our farmers market are grown without the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Many vendors sell natural pasture-raised meat and eggs. Shop healthy at your local farmers market.

Our first winter market went well. There are plenty of items still available. We have tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, winter squashes, sweet potatoes, pie pumpkins, eggs, chicken, baked goods, jams and jellies, salsa and much more. Come on out and support your local, hard-working farmers.


The market is now open for our winter season, every Thursday at Oak Park Mall. Our hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  EBT and credit cards are accepted.

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