What Companies Are Using Genetically Modified Organisms In Their Products?

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Will Martin Profile
Will Martin answered
A good source of ideas is the BBC factsheet. It presents both sides of  the argument as required for the BBC, but in the "against" section it lists several organisations such as Friends of the Earth which oppose GM, give information about GM product use and suggest ways to campaign against it.
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Doug Leunig
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Thank you. I visited Freinds of the Earth and gave a donation. Good information in both places.
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There is a non-profit website for Australia and New Zealand hereu and for USA here. You will find useful information about genetically modified ingredients on these pages (if not actual brands), and the likelihood of those ingredients being present in foods you buy.   

The first of these websites produces a "True Food Shopping Guide" - a list of brands for Australia-New Zealand that are likely to contain or not to contain GE ingredients.   

The food labelling standards are, in my view, of little help. In Australia and New Zealand at least, there are too many exemptions from legally requiring labelling. So as a general rule, I watch out for the 'biggies' in the ingredient list of any food I buy: Canola, Soy and Corn. For any food with these ingredients I only buy certified organic products that are GM free (I don't buy Canola in any form or any product at all - it's machine oil, linked to macular degeneration, and in my view is worthy of being made into biodiesel).   

You will need to be aware of the likely crop-source of some ingredients. Thickeners and glucose syrup may be derived from corn.   

You may need to decide whether you want to buy meat and animal products where the animals may have been fed canola, soy and cottonseed meal. Many people believe those products present as many health risks as the crop/crop-products themselves, and the arguments are presented on the websites above.   

Welcome to the ranks of those who squint at ingredient lists!       

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Doug Leunig
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60% to 70% of the foods in the US contain GE ingredients!!! Yikes! That is truly scarey. I had no idea that GM had infiltrated that far into our food chain. I guess Big Business left unchecked will win everytime. I am going to have to upgrade my bifocals.
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Here most famous brands that use GMO:
• Kellogg’s
• Nestle
• Heinz Foods
• Hershey’s
• Coca-Cola
• McDonald’s
• Danon
• Similac
• Cadbury
• Mars
• PepsiCo

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