If youâ€™ve been trying to avoid products that contain genetically modified/engineered ingredients then you know just how daunting a task it can be. Particularly in the U.S. (and Canada), where labeling these products is not mandatory. There are literally thousands upon thousands of products that contain some GM ingredients. And regardless of warnings by doctors and scientists that these foods may not be safe , either for the environment or consumption the list continues to grow.
Earlier this year we posted a list of foods by category that generally contain GMOs . Perusing this list can be most disheartening. GMOs find their way into almost everyoneâ€™s shopping basket. Even when youâ€™re doing your best to eat well and responsibly.
Thatâ€™s why this new iPhone app, The True Food Shoppers Guide, caught my attention immediately. Almost makes me want to go out and buy an iPhone just so I can use it during my next shopping trip. I would look so cool, no?
According to the people at the True Food Network this guide â€ś arms you with valuable information regarding common GM ingredients, as well as brands to look for, and to look out for. The application includes a â€śFour Simple Tipsâ€ť section, which offers easy ways to avoid GM ingredients, a â€śSupermarkets and GMOsâ€ť section to help consumers identify GM and non-GMO private-label store brands, and a rbGH and rbGH-free dairy guide.
In addition to a list of brands that produce foods with no GM content, the application also offers contact information for companies that do use GM ingredients. This feature enables consumers to personally voice their opposition to the use of GM foods directly to the parties involved. As a result, the app serves not only as a shopping guide and teaching tool, but one that can be used for widespread advocacy as well.â€ť
If you donâ€™t have an iPhone, its available for Androids as well and it is also available as a PDF for the rest of us luddites.
In the meantime have a look at Living Maxwellâ€™s video.