‘Natural’ doesn’t mean GMO-Free

If it is “natural” that should be free of GMOs – right

Not according to a new Consumer Reports report in the US ..

most Americans packaged foods labeled as “natural” and tested by the test group nonprofit actually contained a substantial level of genetically modified ingredients.

This is another way in which the word “natural” – which has no legal definition -. It can be very misleading for consumers

Consumer Reports conducted a study of more than 80 different processed foods containing corn or soybeans, the two most crops are grown GM in the United States, to determine whether the claims of labeling the presence of GMOs were accurate.

While foods labeled “non-GMO” or “organic” were found to be free of corn and soy (or at least within the upper legal limit of 0.9% adulteration with GMOs ) genetically modified virtually all foods labeled as “natural” or not labeled with any claim related to the content of GMO contained substantial amounts of GMO ingredients.

OMG were found in breakfast cereals, chips, and even infant formula.

The organization indicate that at least two samples of each of the 80 products purchased between April and July 2014 to check for GMO testing.

The report is presented as the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 300 food companies, is lobbying the federal government to develop a definition of the term “natural” on food packaging, and to allow that foods containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled as natural.

Some food manufacturers, such as shipbuilders corn Frito-Lay and manufacturer of condiments Heinz, have been sued for using “all natural” labels on products containing genetically modified ingredients, more recently

the GM crops currently on the market include beets corn, soybean, canola and sugar that have been genetically engineered to repel pests or tolerate direct spraying of herbicides.

There is no safety testing

The companies that produce genetically modified crops say they are safe for consumption even though they have never been tested for safety in humans and research has suggested links to human problems and animal health and environmental damage.

Last October, an international coalition of scientists said it is not lack of consensus in the scientific community about the safety of genetically modified crops .

This year, the state of Vermont has passed a law requiring foods containing GMO ingredients to be labeled as such. More than 20 states are now considering mandatory labeling of GM foods, including Colorado and Oregon, which will be voting on this issue in November.

More than 60 percent of people in a national survey by Consumer Reports said they believed that “natural” means “No GMO”. But the organization says, but unless the product is organic or independently certified (eg through the US non-GMO Project) their research suggests that it is likely to be false .

“The confusing nature of this statement is only one reason why we are asking the government to prohibit the use of labels” natural “on foods ,” says Urvashi Rangan, Ph. D., director of the center safety and sustainability in consumer reports.

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