Male: As a consumer, when I'm going to the store, how do I know what's genetically modified or not when it comes to any of the cereals, or even the produce, the meats, or any of the food that we buy?
- Male 2: We have nongmoshoppingguide.com to help people. On that site, we describe 4 tips. One, buy organic. They're not allowed to intentionally use GMOs. Two, buy products that are labeled non-GMO, particularly the Non-GMO Project verified label. Three, avoid the at-risk ingredients which are listed in the shopping guide. There are nine genetically modified food crops: soy, corn, cottonseed oil, canola oil, sugar from sugar beets, there's alfalfa used as hay for animals, some zucchini, crookneck squash, and papaya from China or Hawaii.
Those are the only GM food crops right now, and there's animal products from the animals that have been eating these. But, we also have a shopping guide that has over 7,500 products that are 3rd-party verified as non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project. That's not only at nongmoshoppingguide.com, but it's also available as a free download from iTunes for your iPad or iPhone called Shop No GMO. That makes it easier for people. Of course, we want these foods to be labeled if they are GMO, which would make it much easier for people.
- Male 1: Speaking of that guide, what are some of the worst foods in terms of GMOs? We hear of corn as probably the most prevalent, but what are some of the ones to really watch out for?
- Male 2: Corn and soy, I'd say, are the real serious ones, particularly because they're practically omnipresent. The fact is that many of them appear as processed foods. When they're processed, maybe the DNA is gone or proteins are gone, but they've still been messed considerably by the process of genetic engineering, so they're not considered safe.
The more something is processed, in terms of genetic engineering, the less risky it would be. So, if you have corn on the cob from Monsanto that is both BT toxin-producing and Round-Up-ready which they sell at Walmart, that can be extremely dangerous. The only human feeding study ever done on GMOs for years will show that part of the gene inserted into soybeans transferred into the DNA of gut bacteria inside our intestines and may have continued to function long after we've started eating GMOs.
So, if you eat corn on the cob that produces BT toxin and that gene that produces the toxin transfers to your gut bacteria, it might turn into living pesticide factories possibly for the long-term, causing poking holes in our guts and leaky-gut which is linked to all sorts of things, according to doctors and scientists. So, if you end up eating raw, genetically engineered foods, it's got the complete DNA in tact, it's got the BT-toxin in tact. That would be quite dangerous.