A GMO Free Diet


A GMO Free Diet!

I wanted to try it… to see if I could actually do it.  I wanted to know whether or not I would feel different.  I should mention that I’m in excellent shape and health for 45 years of age and never really was much of a junk food person.

how-to-be-gmo-free-At first, it was a bit of a challenge for me to have an entirely GMO free diet.  There is some kind of vegetable product in just about everything.

I became really annoyed as I began to realize how much of the GMO stuff is “hiding” in our food.  I know that many of the readers here live in rural areas and don’t have access to the same types of foods that are in the grocery stores near the city.  It’s still very possible if you just use some common sense like “reading labels” for one.

For those that do live near a city it’s likely that you have a Trader Joe’s nearby.  They built one in our Chicagoland community two years ago but before that, we used to travel about 10 miles.

A really cool thing that I learned a while ago was that all of their products are GMO free.

I talked with management in our local store and then found the statement below that is posted on the Trader Joe’s web site.  How cool right? – some people I have spoken to that shop there didn’t even know.

If you have a Trader Joe’s within 20 miles start shopping there because selecting non GMO products is easy.

Note: 95% of their products have a Trader Joe’s lable. (their own brand)  This is significant because anything else you might find in their stores would not come with the GMO Free guarantee necessarily.  It has to have a Trader Joe’s lable.

Below is the letter posted on their web site.

Trader Joe’s Products are Sourced from Non-GMO Ingredients

 December 12, 2012

Our approach to Genetically Modified Organisms is simple: we do not allow GMO ingredients in our private label products (anything with Trader Joe’s, Trader Jose’s, Trader Ming’s, etc. on the label).

Our efforts began in 2001, when we determined that, given a choice, our customers would prefer to eat foods and beverages made without the use of genetically engineered ingredients.

When developing products containing ingredients likely to come from genetically modified sources, we have the supplier of the product perform the necessary research to provide documentation that the suspect ingredients are from non-GMO sources. This documentation is in the form of affidavits, identity-preserved certification of seed stock, and third-party lab results from testing of the ingredients in question.

In addition to this work done in developing a given item, we conduct random audits of items with potentially suspect ingredients, using an outside, third-party lab to perform the testing.

Given our position on GMO ingredients in Trader Joe’s label products and the work done in support of that position, it is our expectation that our products test as non-GMO.

We have yet to take the approach of labeling products as non-GMO because there are no clear guidelines from the US governmental agencies covering food and beverage labeling. Instead of waiting for such guidelines to be put into effect and based upon customer feedback, we took a more holistic approach and made the no GMO ingredients position part of what the Trader Joe’s label encompasses.

We’re unable to make the same claims for branded products (products not in the Trader Joe’s label).

Organic products, regardless of brand, are by definition non-GMO.

I was so happy to see this.  This will be a series of post’s that describe the things I noticed in month 1 – month 2 – etc.

I do notice a difference and it keeps getting better!

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