Where are the GMOs in your kitchen? If you live in the United States or Canada, chances are you have several sneaky little products in your kitchen cabinet that are full of genetically modified ingredients. Mamavation is organizing a kitchen cabinet awareness challenge to help moms find them. I’m NOT asking moms to throw these items away, I’m only asking you to find them in your cabinet, take a picture of them and write about what you found. (There are also some stickers you can print out and label if you want to as well.) If you want to throw the GMOs away, go right ahead, but I recognize that some people MAY not have the ability to throw away food. That’s okay. But let’s educate ourselves and our communities on where they are.
Where are the GMOs? GMOs are NOT labeled, so you are going to have to do some label reading and take some general guidelines from Mamavation when searching for them. This can be tricky and you will have to educate yourself a bit, but I’m going to try and make it very easy for you here.
What to do: Go to your kitchen cabinet and pull out 10 items. You should do your entire cabinet, but only 10 at a time to get used to what you are looking for. You will be reading the ingredients portion of the label for each item and deciding whether it is a potential GMO or not. If you believe it has genetically modified ingredients in it, separate it in a pile. When you are finished, take a picture of that pile of food and write a post about what you learned.
Rockstar Options: If you want to up the ante, you can print out stickers and label all your items BEFORE you take a picture AND another thing you can do is choose five or more brands that are questionable and ask them on their Facebook page whether they contain GMOs.
Okay, are you ready? There are three main categories to look for.
Category One: The Main Offenders (1st Generation GMOs)
Look for corn, “sugar”, canola, soy, aspartame, or cotton (Hawaiian papaya and some squashes and zucchinis are also offenders, but a minority)
90% of canola is genetically modified
88% of corn is genetically modified
90% of cotton is genetically modified (cottonseed oil in food)
94% of soy is genetically modified
95% of “sugar” is genetically modified. (“Sugar” is sugar beets, which is 95% GMO, BUT “cane sugar” is completely safe.)
100% of aspartame is genetically modified
Category Two: Dairy (2nd Generation GMOs)
Conventional feed for cows consists of genetically modified corn and soy. Therefore the only safe dairy source is from “grass fed” cows. If the product contains milk or any dairy product and doesn’t say “organic milk” or “organic dairy” you can assume it is from cows that have eaten genetically modified feed.
Category Three: Hidden ingredients made of GMOs (This list was taken from the Non GMO Shopping Guide Here.)
Aspartame (also called AminoSweet®, NutraSweet®, Equal Spoonful®, Canderel®, BeneVia®, E951)
canola oil (rapeseed oil)
cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
fructose (any form)
high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
hydrolyzed vegetable protein
modified food starch
mono and diglycerides
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
soy protein isolate
sugar (unless specified as cane sugar)
textured vegetable protein
tocopherols (vitamin E)
If you would like to join this special challenge, please help us share on twitter and facebook! Here is a suggested tweet that you can also use for facebook:
I’m joining the #GMOAware Kitchen Cabinet Challenge with #Mamavation! How many GMOs are in MY kitchen cabinet? http://bit.ly/PSuDo3
When talking about this challenge, please use #GMOAware and #mamavation in your tweets. If you are planning on joining the challenge, please leave a comment below and when your post is done come back here and link it up below on the linky. Please also link back here if you are joining the challenge so others know where this all started.