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These companies are fighting labelling initiatives of genetically engineered ingredients in food by collectively spending millions to create misleading messages in the media. Why? Cheap suspect ingredients resulting in enormous profits is a good place to start. Most consumers are totally unaware that they are purchasing food laced with pesticide residue or include genetically modified ingredients. We can change this if we vote with your shopping dollar. Don't purchase these brands. Pain in the ass Yes!! But your health and the health of your family will reward you.

Below are some of the name brands that use transgenic ingredients in processed food. It's a mighty sobering read. As you scroll down, you’ll recognize just how many products we purchase on a regular basis -- including baby food. This stuff is in everything and our children are overdosing on it.

*The single asterisk indicates companies that financially supported the anti-labelling initiatives.

Baby Foods

Nabisco* (affiliations Phillip Morris/Altria/Mondelez*)
Arrowroot Teething Biscuits
Infant formula Carnation Infant Formulas(Nestle USA*)
Good Start
Follow-Up & Follow Up Soy
Enfamil Infant Formulas (owned by Mead Johnson Nutrition Company*)
Enfamil with Iron
Enfamil Low Iron
Enfamil A.R.
Enfamil Nutramigen
Enfamil Lacto Free
Enfamil 22
Enfamil Next step (soy and milk-based varieties)
Enfamil Pro-Soybee
Isomil Infant Formulas (Abbot Labs)
Isomil Soy
Isomil Soy for Diarrhea
Similac(Abbot Labs)
Similac Lactose Free
Similac with Iron
Similac Low Iron
Similac Alimentum

Baking Goods

Aunt Jemima (Quaker)
Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix
Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix
Cornbread Mix
Easy Mix Coffee Cake

Betty Crocker (General Mills*)
Pie Crust Mix
Original Pancake Mix
Complete Pancake Mix
Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix
Muffin Mixes
Banana Nut
Lemon Poppy Seed
Wild Blueberry
Chocolate Chip
Apple Streusel
Quick Bread Mixes Banana
Cinnamon Streusel
Lemon Poppy Seed
Cranberry Orange
Cookie Mixes Chocolate Chip
Double Chocolate Chunk

Bisquik (Betty Crocker/General Mills*)
Reduced Fat
Shake ‘n Pour Pancake Mix
Shake ‘n Pour Buttermilk Pancake Mix
Shake ‘n Pour Blueberry Pancake Mix

Duncan Hines (Aurora Foods)
Muffin Mixes

All-Bran Apple Cinnamon
All-Bran Blueberry

Hungry Jack (Pillsbury)
Buttermilk Pancake Mix
Extra Light & Fluffy Pancake Mix (all varieties)
Corn Muffin Mix
Blueberry Muffin Mix
Raspberry Muffin Mix
Pie Crust Mix

Mrs. Butterworths (Aurora Foods)
Complete Pancake Mix
Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Pepperidge Farms (Campbell’s*)
Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Quick Bread & Muffin Mixes
Chocolate Chip
Lemon Poppyseed
Hot Roll Mix

Bakers Chocolate(Kraft*)
Unsweetened Chocolate
Semi-Sweet Chocolate
German Sweet Chocolate
White Chocolate
Semi-Sweet Baking Chips
Milk Chocolate Chips
Mini Kisses

Nestle USA*
Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Milk Chocolate Chips
White Chocolate
Butterscotch Chips
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars Breads


Holsum (Interstate Bakeries)
Holsum Thin Sliced
Roman Meal
12 Grain
Round Top
Home Pride
Buttertop White
Buttertop Wheat

Pepperidge Farms (Campbell’s*)
Cinnamon Swirl
Light Oatmeal
Light Wheat
100% Whole Wheat
Hearty Slices
7 Grain
9 Grain
Crunchy Oat
Whole Wheat
Light Side
Soft Dinner Rolls
Club Rolls
Sandwich Buns
Hoagie Rolls

Thomas’ (Bestfoods/Bimbo Bakeries*)
English Muffins Original
Cinnamon Raisin
Honey Wheat
Oat Bran
Maple French Toast
Toast-r-Cakes Blueberry
Toast-r-Cakes Corn Muffins

Wonder (Interstate Bakeries)
White Sandwich Bread
Country Grain
Thin Sandwich
Light Wheat
100% Stoneground Wheat
Fat Free Multigrain
Premium Potato
Beefsteak Rye
Wonder Hamburger Buns

Breakfast Cereals

Pop Tarts (all varieties)
Pop Tarts Snack Stix (all)
Nutri-Grain Bars (all)
Nutri-Grain Fruit Filled Squares (all)
Nutri-Grain Twists (all)
Fruit-Full Squares (all)

Fruit & Grain Bars (all varieties)
Nature Valley (General Mills*)
Oats & Honey Granola Bars
Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Cinnamon Granola Bars

Pillsbury (General Mills*)
Toaster Scrambles & Strudels (all varieties)

Chewy Granola Bars (all varieties)
Fruit & Oatmeal Bars (all varieties)
Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles

Eggo Frozen Waffles (Kellogg’s*)
Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat
Nutri-Grain Multi Grain
Cinnamon Toast
Apple Cinnamon
Banana Bread

Hungry Jack Frozen Waffles (Pillsbury/General Mills*)


General Mills*
Corn Chex
Wheat Chex
Lucky Charms
Golden Grahams
Cinnamon Grahams
Count Chocula
Honey Nut Chex
Frosted Cheerios
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
Multi-Grain Cheerios
Frosted Wheaties
Brown Sugar & Oat Total
Basic 4
Reeses Puffs
French Toast Crunch
** General Mills has advised its brand Cherrios will be free of all genetically engineered additives and the food label will reflect the change. Applies only to regular Cherrios and not other brands.

Frosted Flakes
Corn Flakes
Special K
Raisin Bran
Rice Krispies
Corn Pops
Product 19
Froot Loops
Marshmallow Blasted Fruit Loops
Apple Jacks
Smart Start
Complete Wheat Bran
Complete Oat Bran
Just Right Fruit & Nut
Honey Crunch Corn Flakes
Raisin Bran Crunch
Cracklin’ Oat Bran

Country Inn Specialties (all varieties)
Mothers Cereals (Quaker)
Toasted Oat Bran
Peanut Butter Bumpers
Groovy Grahams
Harvest Oat Flakes
Harvest Oat Flakes w/Apples & Almonds
Honey Round Ups

Raisin Bran
Bran Flakes
Grape Nut Flakes
Grape Nut O’s
Fruit & Fibre date, raisin and walnut
Fruit & Fibre peach, raisin and almond
Honey Bunch of Oats
Honey Nut Shredded Wheat
Honey Comb
Golden Crisp
Waffle Crisp
Cocoa Pebbles
Cinna-Crunch Pebbles
Fruity Pebbles
Post Selects Cranberry Almond
Post Selects Banana Nut Crunch
Post Selects Blueberry Morning
Post Selects Great Grains

Cinnamon Life
100% Natural Granola
Toasted Oatmeal
Toasted Oatmeal Honey Nut
Oat Bran
Cap’n Crunch
Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch
Cap’n Crunch Crunchling Berries


Almond Joy
York Peppermint Patty
Dairy Milk
Roast Almond
Fruit & Nut
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Mr. Goodbar
Special Dark
Milk Chocolate

Toblerone (all varieties)

Mars Incorporated*
M&M (all varieties)
Three Musketeers
Milky Way

Nestle USA*
Milk Chocolate
100 Grand

Carnation (Nestle USA*)
Hot Cocoa Mixes:
Rich Chocolate
Double Chocolate
Milk Chocolate
Marshmallow Madness
Mini Marshmallow
No Sugar

Chocolate Syrup
Special Dark Chocolate Syrup
Strawberry Syrup

Nestle USA*
Strawberry Nesquik

Swiss Miss (ConAgra*)
Chocolate Sensation
Milk Chocolate
Marshmallow Lovers
Marshmallow Lovers Fat Free
No Sugar Added

Godiva Chocolatier Inc*


Hellman’s (Bestfoods)
Real Mayonnaise
Light Mayonnaise
Low-Fat Mayonnaise

Hunt’s (ConAgra*)
Ketchup (regular & no salt)
KC Masterpiece
Original BBQ sauce
Garlic & Herb Marinade
Honey Teriyaki Marinade

Miracle Whip (all varieties)
Kraft Mayonnaise (all)
Thick & Spicy BBQ sauces (all varieties)
Char Grill BBQ sauce
Honey Hickory BBQ sauce

Nabisco* (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
A-1 Steak Sauce

Open Pit (Vlasic/Campbells*)
BBQ sauces (all)
Chi-Chi’s (Hormel)
Fiesta Salsa (all varieties)
Old El Paso (Pillsbury)
Thick & Chunky Salsa
Garden Pepper Salsa
Taco Sauce
Picante Sauce

Ortega (Nestle USA*)
Taco Sauce
Salsa Prima Homestyle
Salsa Prima Roasted Garlic
Salsa Prima 3 Bell Pepper
Thick & Chunky Salsa

Pace (Campbells)
Chunky Salsa
Picante Sauce

Tostitos Salsa (Frito-Lay/Pepsi)
All Natural
All Natural Thick & Chunky
Roasted Garlic
Restaurant Style

The J. M. Smucker’s Company*
Jams, Jellies, Ice Cream Toppings


Delicious Brands (Parmalat)
Animal Crackers
Ginger Snaps
Fig Bars
Sugar-Free Duplex
Honey Grahams
Cinnamon Grahams
Fat Free Vanilla Wafers
English Toffee Heath Cookies
Butterfinger Cookies
Skippy Peanut Butter Cookies

Famous Amos (Keebler/Flowers Industries*)
Chocolate Chip
Oatmeal Raisin
Chocolate Sandwich
Peanut Butter Sandwich
Vanilla Sandwich
Oatmeal Macaroon Sandwich

Frookies (Delicious Brands/Parmalat)
Peanut Butter Chunk
Chocolate Chip
Double Chocolate
Frookwich Vanilla
Frookwich Chocolate
Frookwich Peanut Butter
Frookwich Lemon
Funky Monkeys Chocolate
Ginger Snaps
Lemon Wafers

Keebler (Keebler/Flowers Industries*)
Chips Deluxe
E.L. Fudge
Soft Batch Chocolate Chip
Golden Vanilla Wafers
Vienna Fingers
Fudge Shoppe Fudge Stripes
Fudge Shoppe Double Fudge & Caramel
Fudge Shoppe Fudge Stix
Fudge Shoppe Peanut Butter Fudge Stix
Country Style Oatmeal
Graham Originals
Graham Cinnamon Crisp
Graham Chocolate
Graham Honey Low Fat
Crème Filled Wafers
Chocolate Filled Wafers

Nabisco* (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
Oreo,(all varieties)
Chips Ahoy!(all varieties)
Fig Newtons (all Newtons varieties)
Lorna Doone
Nutter Butters
Barnum Animal Crackers
Nilla Wafers
Nilla Chocolate Wafers
Pecanz Shortbread
Family Favorites Oatmeal
Famous Wafers
Fudge Covered Mystic Sticks
Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Honey Maid Cinnamon Grahams
Honey Maid Chocolate Grahams
Honey Maid Oatmeal Crunch
Teddy Grahams
Teddy Grahams Cinnamon
Teddy Grahams Chocolate
Teddy Grahams Chocolate Chips
Café Cremes Vanilla
Café Crème Cappuccino

Pepperidge Farm (Campbell’s*)
Mint Milano
Chocolate Chip
Lemon Nut
Ginger Men
Raspberry Chantilly
Strawberry Verona
Chocolate Mocha Salzburg
Chocolate Chunk Chesapeake
Chocolate Chunk Nantucket
Chocolate Chunk Sausalito
Oatmeal Raisin Soft Baked

Sesame Street (Keebler*)
Cookie Monster
Chocolate Chip
Chocolate Sandwich
Vanilla Sandwich
Cookie Pals
Honey Grahams
Cinnamon Grahams
Frosted Grahams

Snack Wells (Nabisco*)
Devil’s Food
Golden Devil’s Food
Mint Crème
Coconut Crème
Chocolate Sandwich
Chocolate Chip
Peanut Butter Chip
Double Chocolate Chip


Keebler (Keebler/Flowers Industries*)
Town House
Munch ‘Ems (all varieties)
Zesta Saltines
Toasteds (Wheat, Onion, Sesame & Butter Crisps)
Snax Stix (Wheat, Cheddar & original)
Harvest Bakery (Multigrain, Butter, Corn Bread)

Nabisco *
Ritz (all varieties)
Wheat Thins (all)
Better Cheddars
Premium Saltines (all)
Ritz Snack Mix (all)
Vegetable Flavor Crisps
Swiss Cheese Flavor Crisps
Cheese Nips (all)
Uneeda Biscuits

Pepperidge Farm (Campbell’s*)
Butter Thins
Hearty Wheat
Cracker Trio
Cracker Quartet
Three Cheese Snack Stix
Sesame Snack Stix
Pumpernickel Snack Stix
Goldfish (original, cheddar, parmesan, pizza, pretzel)
Goldfish Snack Mix (all)

Red Oval Farms (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
Stoned Wheat Thin (all varieties)
Crisp ‘N Light Sourdough Rye
Crisp ‘N Light Wheat

Sunshine (Flowers Industries)
Cheeze-It (original & reduced fat)
Cheeze-It White Cheddar
Cheeze-It Party Mix
Krispy Original Saltines

Frozen Dinners

Banquet (ConAgra*)
Pot Pies (all varieties)
Fried Chicken
Salisbury Steak
Chicken Nugget Meal
Pepperoni Pizza Meal

Budget Gourmet (Heinz*)
Roast Beef Supreme
Beef Stroganoff
Three Cheese Lasagne
Chicken Oriental & Vegeatable
Fettuccini Primavera

Green Giant (Pillsbury)
Rice Pilaf with Chicken Flavored Sauce
Rice Medley with Beef Flavored Sauce
Primavera Pasta
Pasta Accents Creamy Cheddar
Create-a-Meals Parmesan Herb Chicken
Cheesy Pasta and Vegetable
Beef Noodle
Sweet & Sour
Mushroom Wine Chicken

Healthy Choice (ConAgra*)
Stuffed Pasta Shells
Chicken Parmagiana
Country Breaded Chicken
Roast Chicken Breast
Beef Pot Roast
Chicken & Corn Bread
Cheese & Chicken Tortellini
Lemon Pepper Fish
Shrimp & Vegetable
Macaroni & Cheese

Kid Cuisine (ConAgra*)
Chicken Nugget Meal
Fried Chicken
Taco Roll Up
Corn Dog
Cheese Pizza
Fish Stix
Macaroni & Cheese

Lean Cuisine (Stouffer’s/Nestle USA*)
Skillet Sensations Chicken & Vegetable
Broccoli & Beef
Homestyle Beef
Teriyaki Chicken
Chicken Alfredo
Garlic Chicken
Roast Turkey
Hearty Portions
Chicken Florentine
Beef Stroganoff
Cheese & Spinach Manicotti
Salisbury Steak
Café Classics
Baked Fish
Baked Chicken
Chicken a L’Orange
Chicken Parmesan
Meatloaf with Whipped Potatoes
Everyday Favorites
Chicken Fettuccini
Chicken Pie
Angel Hair Pasta
Three Bean Chili with Rice
Macaroni & Cheese

Marie Callenders (ConAgra*)
Chicken Pot Pie
Lasagna & Meat Sauce
Turkey & Gravy
Meat Loaf & Gravy
Country Fried Chicken & Gravy
Fettuccini with Broccoli & Cheddar
Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes
Country Fried Pork Chop with Gravy
Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes (Heinz*)
Fast Fries
Steak fries
Hash Browns
Tater Tots
Potato Wedges
Crispy Crunchies

McCain Foods USA*
Frozen Potato Sides
French Fries
Hash Browns
Potato Wedges

Rosetto Frozen Pasta (Heinz*)
Cheese Ravioli
Beef Ravioli
Italian Sausage Ravioli
Eight Cheese Stuffed Shells
Eight Cheese Broccoli Stuffed Shells

Stouffer’s (Nestle USA*)
Family Style Favorites Macaroni & Cheese
Stuffed Peppers
Broccoli au Gratin
Meat Loaf in Gravy
Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole
Salisbury Steak
Chicken Breast in Gravy
Hearty Portions
Salisbury Steak
Chicken Fettucini
Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes
Chicken Pot Pie

Swanson (Vlasic/Campbells)
Meat Loaf
Fish & Chips
Salisbury Steak
Chicken Nuggets
Hungry Man Fried Chicken
Roast Chicken
Fisherman’s Platter
Pork Rib

Voila! (Bird’s Eye/Agri-Link Foods)
Chicken Voila! Alfredo
Chicken Voila! Garlic
Chicken Voila! Pesto
Chicken Voila! Three Cheese
Steak Voila! Beef Sirloin
Shrimp Voila! Garlic

Weight Watchers (Heinz*)
Smart Ones Fiesta Chicken
Basil Chicken
Ravioli Florentine
Fajita Chicken
Roasted Vegetable Primavera

Energy Bars & Drinks

Power Bar (Nestle USA*)
Oatmeal Raisin
Apple Cinnamon
Peanut Butter
Vanilla Crisp
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Wild Berry
Harvest Bars Apple Crisp
Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix (Nestle USA*)
Creamy Milk Chocolate
Classic Chocolate
French Vanilla
Café Mocha

Heat & Serve Meals

Chef Boyardee (ConAgra*)
Macaroni & Cheese
Mini Ravioli
ABC’s & 123′s

Dinty Moore (Hormel)
Beef Stew
Turkey Stew
Chicken & Dumplings
Chili with Beans
Chili No Beans
Vegetarian Chili with Beans

Kids’ Kitchen (Hormel)
Spaghetti Rings with Meatballs
Macaroni & Cheese
Pizza Wedges with 3 Cheese

Franco-American (Campbell’s*)
Spaghetti O’s
Mini Ravioli
Power Rangers Pasta in Sauce

Meat & Dairy Alternatives

Loma Linda(Worthington/Kellogg’s**)
Meatless Chik Nuggets

Morningstar (Worthington/Kellogg’s**)
Harvest Burger
Better ‘n Burgers
Garden Veggie Patties
Grillers Burgers
Black Bean Burger
Chicken Patties

Natural Touch (Worthington/Kellogg’s**)
Garden Vegetable Pattie
Black Bean Burger
Okra Pattie
Lentil Rice Loaf
Nine Bean Loaf

Worthington (Worthington/Kellogg’s**)
Vegetarian Burger
Savory Slices

Dairy Alternatives

Nutra Blend Soy Beverage(Bestfoods)
**In the process of converting to non-transgenic “proteins” in all products.

Meal Mixes & Sauce Packets

Betty Crocker (General Mills*)
Garden Vegetable Pilaf
Creamy Herb Risotto
Garlic Alfredo Fettuccini
Bowl Appetit Cheddar Broccoli
Macaroni & Cheese
Pasta Alfredo

Knorr (Bestfoods)
Mushroom Risotto Italian Rice
Broccoli au Gratin Risotto
Vegetable Primavera Risotto
Risotto Milanese
Original Pilf
Chicken Pilaf
Rotini with 4 Cheese
Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken & Vegetable
Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato
Fettuccini with Alfredo
Classic Sauce Packets Hollandaise

Lemon Herb
Mushroom Brown
Roasted Chicken
Roasted Pork
Roasted Turkey

Pasta Sauce Packets Alfredo
Four Cheese
Garlic Herb

Lipton (Unilever*)
Rice & Sauce Packets Chicken Broccoli
Cheddar Broccoli
Beef Flavor
Chicken Flavor
Creamy Chicken
Sizzle & Stir Skillet Supers
Lemon Garlic Chicken & Rice
Spanish Chicken & Rice
Herb Chicken & Bowties
Cheddar Chicken & Shells

Near East (Quaker)
Spicy Tomato Pasta Mix
Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Pasta Mix
Falafel Mix
Lentil Pilaf
Tomato Lentil
Toasted Pinenut
Herb Chicken
Broccoli & Cheese

Pasta Roni (Quaker)
Fettuccini Alfredo
Garlic Alfredo
Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs
Angel Hair Pasta with Parmesan Cheese
Angel Hair Pasta with Tomato Parmesan
Angel Hair Pasta Primavera
Garlic & Olive Oil with Vermicelli

Rice-a-Roni (Quaker)
Rice Pilaf
Fried Rice
Chicken & Broccoli
Long Grain & Wild Rice
Broccoli au Gratin

Uncle Ben’s (Mars*)
Long Grain & Wild Rice (Original & with Garlic)
Brown & Wild Rice Mushroom
Country Inn Mexican Fiesta
Country Inn Oriental Fried Rice
Country Inn Chicken & Vegetable
Country Inn Chicken & Broccoli
Natural Select Chicken & Herb
Natural Select Tomato & Basil
Chef’s Recipe Chicken & Vegetable Pilaf
Chef’s Recipe Beans & Rice
Chef’s Recipe Broccoli Rice

Frozen Pizza

Celeste (Aurora Foods)
Four Cheese

Tombstone (Kraft*)
Sausage & Pepperoni
Extra Cheese
Stuffed Crust
Three Cheese

Totino’s (Pillsbury)
Crisp Crust

Snack Foods

Act II Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra*)
Extreme Butter
Corn on the Cob

Frito-Lay* (PepsiCo*)
Lays Potato Chips (all varieties)
Ruffles Potato Chips (all)
Doritos Corn Chips (all)
Tostitos Corn Chips (all)
Fritos Corn Chips** (all)
Cheetos (all)
Rold Gold Pretzels (all)
Cracker Jack Popcorn
*Frito has informed its corn and potato suppliers that the company wishes to avoid GE crops, but acknowledges that canola or other oils and ingredients in its products may be from GE sources.

Healthy Choice Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra*)
Organic Corn (soy/canola oils)

Mothers Corn Cakes (Quaker)
Butter Pop

Hershey Company*
Hershey’s Kisses
Almond Joy

Orville Redenbacher Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra*)
Smart Pop
Pour Over
Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Cakes
Orville Redenbacher Mini Popcorn Cakes
Peanut Caramel
Chocolate Peanut

Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn (Betty Crocker/General Mills*)
Jumbo Pop
Extra Butter
94% Fat Free Butter

Pringles (Procter & Gamble)
Low Fat
Sour Cream & Onion
Salt & Vinegar
Quaker Rice Cakes
Peanut Butter
Chocolate Crunch
Cinnamon Streusel
Sour Cream & Onion
Apple Cinnamon
Caramel Corn
Quaker Corn Cakes
White Cheddar
Caramel Corn
Strawberry Crunch
Caramel Chocolate Chip

Soda and Juice Drinks

Coca Cola (Coca Cola North America*)
Cherry Coke
Barq’s Root Beer
Minute Maid Orange
Minute Maid Grape

Wild Cherry Pepsi
Mug Root Beer
Mountain Dew

Dr. Pepper
A & W Root Beer
Sunkist Orange
chweppes Ginger Ale

Capri Sun juices (Kraft*)
Red Berry
Surfer Cooler
Splash Cooler
Wild Cherry
Strawberry Kiwi
Fruit Punch
Pacific Cooler

Fruitopia (Coca Cola North America*)
Grape Beyond
Berry Lemonade
Fruit Integration
Kiwiberry Ruckus
Strawberry Passion
Tremendously Tangerine

Fruit Works (PepsiCo*)
Strawberry Melon
Peach Papaya
Pink Lemonade
Apple Raspberry

Gatorade (Quaker)
Lemon Lime
Fierce Grape
Frost Riptide Rush

Hawaiian Punch (Procter & Gamble)
Tropical Fruit
Grape Geyser
Fruit Juicy Red
Strawberry Surfin

Hi-C (Coca Cola North America*)
Pink Lemonade
Watermelon Rapids
Boppin’ Berry
Tropical Punch
Smashin’ Wildberry
Blue Cooler
Blue Moon Berry

Kool Aid (Kraft*)
Blastin’ Berry Cherry
Bluemoon Berry
Kickin’ Kiwi Lime
Tropical Punch
Wild Berry Tea
Ocean Spray*
Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Squeeze It (Betty Crocker/General Mills*)
Rockin’ Red Puncher
Chucklin’ Cherry
Mystery 2000

Sunny Delight* (Procter & Gamble)
Sunny Delight Original
Sunny Delight With Calcium Citrus Punch
Sunny Delight California Style Citrus Punch

Tang Juices (Kraft*)
Orange Uproar
Fruit Frenzy
Berry Panic

Tropicana Twisters (PepsiCo*)
Grape Berry
Apple Raspberry Blackberry
Cherry Berry
Cranberry Raspberry Strawberry
Pink Grapefruit
Tropical Strawberry
Orange Cranberry
Orange Strawberry Banana

V-8 (Campbells*)
V8 Tomato Juices (all varieties)
Strawberry Kiwi
Strawberry Banana
Fruit Medley
Berry Blend
Citrus Blend
Apple Medley
Tropical Blend
Island Blend

Welch Foods*
Grape Juices
Jams and Jellies


Chicken Noodle
Cream of Chicken
Cream of Mushroom
Cream of Celery
Cream of Broccoli
Cheddar Cheese
Green Pea
Healthy Request Chicken Noodle
Cream of Chicken
Cream of Mushroom
Cream of Celery
Campbell’s Select Roasted Chicken with Rice
Grilled Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes
Chicken Rice
Vegetable Beef
Chunky Beef with Rice
Hearty Chicken & Vegetable
Pepper Steak
Baked Potato with Steak & Cheese
New England Clam Chowder
Soup to Go Chicken Noodle
Chicken Rice
Garden Vegetable
Vegetable Beef & Rice
Simply Home Chicken Noodle
Chicken Rice
Garden Vegetable
Vegetable Beef with Pasta

Healthy Choice (ConAgra*)
Country Vegetable
Fiesta Chicken
Bean & Pasta
Chicken Noodle
Chicken with Rice

Pepperidge Farms (Campbell’s*)
Corn Chowder
Lobster Bisque
Chicken & Wild Rice
New England Clam Chowder
Crab Soup

Progresso (Pillsbury)
Tomato Basil
Chicken Noodle
Chicken & Wild Rice
Chicken Barley
New England Clam Chowder
Zesty Herb Tomato
Roasted Chicken with Rotini
Fat Free Minestrone
Fat Free Chicken Noodle
Fat Free Lentil
Fat Free Roast Chicken

Tomatoes and Sauces

Del Monte* (Nabisco*)
Tomato Sauce

Five Brothers Pasta Sauces (Lipton/Unilever*)
Summer Vegetable
Five Cheese
Roasted Garlic & Onion
Tomato & Basil

Healthy Choice Pasta Sauces (ConAgra*)
Garlic & Herb
Sun-Dried Tomato & Herb

Hunts (ConAgra*)
Traditional Spaghetti Sauce
Four Cheese Spaghetti Sauce
Tomato Sauce
Tomato Paste

Prego Pasta Sauces (Campbells*)
Tomato, Basil & Garlic
Fresh Mushroom
Ricotta Parmesan
Meat Flavored
Roasted Garlic & Herb
Three Cheese
Chicken with Parmesan

Ragu Sauces (Lipton/Unilever*)
Old World Traditional
Old World with Meat
Old World Marinara
Old World with Mushrooms
Ragu Robusto Parmesan & Romano
Ragu Robusto Roasted Garlic
Ragu Robusto Sweet Italian Sausage
Ragu Robusto Six Cheese
Ragu Robusto Tomato, Olive Oil & Garlic
Ragu Robusto Classic Italian Meat
Chunky Garden Style Super Garlic
Chunky Garden Style Garden Combo
Chunky Garden Style Tomato, Garlic & Onion
Chunky Garden Style Tomato, Basil & Italian Cheese
Pizza Quick Traditional

Smithfield Foods*
Meat Products

Hillshere Brands*
Meats, Sausage

Hormel Foods Corporation*
Refridgerated Products

Bumble Bee Foods, LLC*
Canned SeaFoods

Pinnacle Foods Group, LLC
Bird’s Eye
Wishbone Dressings

McCormick & Company*

Dole Packaged Food Company*
Fruits, Vegetables and Packaged Goods

For the one or two people on the continent who don’t know Dr. Mehmet Oz, he is a respected cardiothoracic surgeon with his own TV show. With almost 1000 shows under his belt, Dr Oz has been dubbed ‘America’s doctor’ . He's known for his belief that western medicine can be reductive focussing on illness instead of health; he supports the need for a deeper connection with patients; he has given considered opinions on alternative approaches to cure and prevent illness; and yes, sometimes he's gone afield of what many professionals in his field would consider sound medical advice. But then again he would be the first to say his show is not about medicine per se, it's about self empowerment. He is also a vocal advocate for labelling GMO foods and believes glyphosate, an agrochemical used in the biofood industry, is a serious threat to public health. That philosophy, perhaps more than any other, has placed him in the crosshairs of some very powerful people.

Dr. Oz holds the surgery department vice chair at Columbia University. He has held that position for over 20 years. Recently he received a letter from 10 doctors calling on Columbia to fire him from his post. The letter states his “presence on the faculty of a prestigious medical institution unacceptable.” and “We are surprised and dismayed that Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons would permit Dr. Mehmet Oz to occupy a faculty appointment, let alone a senior administrative position in the Department of Surgery.” They claim the television personality has "repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops”….. and there you have the first hint.

The New York Times pointed out that some of the doctors who signed the letter are connected with the American Council on Science and Health, a pro-industry advocacy group that supports genetically modified foods. To be clear, Oz does not claim that GMO foods are dangerous, but he does believe that they should be labeled, just like they are in over 64 countries around the world. His response to the letter was swift.

In the past, Oz has had his share of controversy. One questionable claim about a weight-loss product landed him in front of a Senate subcommittee hearing. But this accusatory letter carries the invisible watermark of the chemical barons who control the GMO seed and agrochemical industry. Aside from their questionable genetic practices and controversial biofood ingredients, their best selling agrochemical, glyphosate, is under attack. At one time the industry claimed glyphosate was as safe as aspirin which undoubtedly helped the herbicide become the world's best selling herbicide. But in March 2015, a division of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Argentina’s union of 30,000 doctors and health professionals, FESPROSA, issued a statement in support of that decision. Argentina is currently the second biggest producer of transgenic BT soy in the world. To pay back its foreign debt, the country adopted an industrial agriculture export model and the use of glyphosate skyrocketed at great cost to the country's fieldworker health. These hardworking citizens have experienced a three-fold increase in birth defects and cancer rates increased fourfold and many health professionals and independent scientists believe glyphosate is implicated.

Dr Oz became a vocal opponent to glyphosate in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval to a newly engineered bioseed and chemical spray called Enlist Duo. Created by Dow AgroSciences to combat weed resistance, the two active ingredients, 2,4-D and glyphosate, are linked to a higher risk of contracting non-Hodgkins lymphoma as well as other serious health issues. Despite all the input from independent scientists around the world about the dangers of 2,4-D, the EPA gave the green light to Dow for commercial use in 2014. Canadian officials approved commercial application of Enlist Duo in 2013.

Dr Oz started a petition on his TV show calling on President Obama to block approval of the highly toxic herbicide. The petition garnered over 115,000 signatures. That's the second hint as to why Dr Oz is such a threat. Oz is not only smart, he's influential and that's a combination that threatens an industry that makes billions in profits annually by selling questionable chemicals.

These chemical barons have a long history of trying to silence those who are vocal and influential. As far back as the early 1990s, they were casting a wide net to suppress independent science and freedom of speech.Dr. Arpad Pusztai, is a Biochemist and Nutritionist In the early 90s, he was awarded a $3 million grant by the UK government to design the system for safety testing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Within 10 days, the test mammals that were fed GMO fodder developed pre-cancerous cell growth, smaller testicles, partially atrophied livers and damaged immune systems.

Dr Pusztai saw a public health crisis in the making. Worried that GM foods may have similar affects on humans, with permission from his director, Pusztai gave an interview on TV and expressed his concerns. He became an instant hero at his institute -- for two days.

A phone call from the pro-GMO prime minister’s office to the institute’s director resulted in the firing of Pusztai. He was threatened with a lawsuit if he continued to speak out about his concerns and his team was dismantled. Then the smear campaign started. The Institute that had employed him for 35 years, together with the biotech industry that funded research at the Institute and the UK government launched a campaign to destroy Pusztai’s reputation. Eventually, the British parliament lifted his gag order and his research was published in the prestigious Lancet, but not before he and his wife lost their jobs, their livelihood and their reputations.

Embryologist Andrés Carrasco told a leading Buenos Aires newspaper about the results of his research into Roundup, the glyphosate herbicide sold in conjunction with Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops. His studies of amphibians suggested that the herbicide could cause defects in the brain, intestines, and hearts of fetuses. His concern was the amount of Roundup used on GM soy fields was as much as 1,500 times greater than that which created the defects. The biotech industry mounted an attack on Carrasco, ridiculing his research and even issued personal threats.

Epidemiologist Judy Carman investigated outbreaks of disease for a state government in Australia. She knew that health problems associated with GM foods may take decades to discover because the onset of disease is not acute - it's chronic. Moreover, the short-term animal feeding studies usually did not evaluate “biochemistry, immunology, tissue pathology, gut function, liver function, and kidney function” and were too short to test for cancer or reproductive or child health.

Carman was awarded a grant by the Western Australia government to conduct a long-term animal feeding studies on GMOs. GMO advocates demanded the grant be withdrawn. When the Western Australian Government refused to withdraw the grant, opponents successfully interfered with Carman’s relationship with the university where she was to do the research.

In February 2004, prominent virologist Terje Traavik presented preliminary data at a meeting at the UN Biosafety Protocol Conference. The data demonstrated that Filipinos living next to a GM cornfield developed serious symptoms while the corn was pollinating; that genetic material inserted into GM crops transferred to rat organs after a single meal; and key safety assumptions about genetically engineered viruses were overturned, calling into question the safety of using these viruses in vaccines.

The biotech industry attacked Dr. Traavik stating he presented unpublished work. But presenting preliminary data at professional conferences is a long-standing tradition in science. The biotech industry relied on in 1999 to try to counter the evidence that butterflies were endangered by GM corn.

In 2014, the New Yorker reported Syngenta was orchestrating attacks scientists whose studies have shown atrazine to have adverse effects on the environment and/or human and animal health including Professor Tyrone Hayes, PhD, an amphibian expert at University of California, Berkeley. Hayes was contracted to determine the affects of atrazine on frogs. He discovered males exposed to this endocrine disrupter would develop eggs or ovaries in their testes, or the amphibians would turn into hermaphrodites. Further study showed that sometimes the frogs completely turned into females. When he presented the data, Hayes claimed the manufacturer, Syngenta, wanted him to manipulate the data and keep his original findings under wrap. Instead of being intimidated, Hayes started his own campaign and that put the good professor squarely in the cross hairs of the giant chemical company. Syngenta criticized Hayes' science and conduct in press releases, letters to the editor, and through a formal ethics complaint filed at University of California-Berkeley.

There's a reason the chemical barons are so quick on the draw. The market value of the agrochemical industry is $42 Billion annually. So it's little wonder these deep-pocketed corporations go to great lengths to suppress independent scientific investigation. They've been known to block independent research by withholding GM seeds and genes or threaten to withdraw funding from the universities or they resort to sullying the reputations of reputable scientists. The millions they spend on lobbying our governments is another matter entirely.

“Agritech companies have given themselves veto power over the work of independent researchers ... Only studies that the seed companies have approved ever see the light of a peer-reviewed journal.”
Scientific American, August 2009

The close ties that have developed between bio science, commerce and governments have created a protective moat around industrial agriculture. The most common claim is that they are protecting intellectual property. But the cultivation, distribution and manufacturing of food needs to be held to a higher standard than commerce. If GMO foods are as safe as the pundits claim, why not encourage independent research to support their claim? What are they trying to hide? If biofoods are safe why not label it as such - that marketing messaging should be worth millions in sales. So what do they fight labelling initiatives instead? Forty-two billion dollars in sales is certainly part of the answer. If it's labelled no one will buy it is another. Over 80% of consumers in Canada and the US want GMO ingredients listed on food labels.

People like Dr Oz is a threat because he's not only smart, he's influential. Millions of Americans and Canadians listen to his advice about cultivating conscious choice. That spells trouble for the chemical barons. The last thing they want is an audience of millions thinking for themselves and making the conscious choice about not purchasing GMO laced and pesticide infested biofoods.

Today, there is approximately 10,400 pesticides approved by the EPA on ‘conditional registration’. This fast track, toxic treadmill allows pesticide manufacturers to get products to market without fully testing all the active ingredients for health or environmental impact and that's a danger to us all.

"Over the past 30 years, more than 100,000 chemicals have been approved for commercial use in the United States. Among these are more than 82,000 industrial chemicals, 9,000 food additives, 3,000 cosmetic ingredients, 1,000 pesticide active ingredients and 3,000 pharmaceutical drugs...due to funding constraints and industry litigation, in the years since the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TCA) was passed, the EPA has been able to require safety testing on only about 200 of the 84,000 chemicals listed on the TSCA chemical inventory."
The New Puberty, 2014, Louise Green, M.D. and Julianna Deardoff, PhD

On the football circuit, Tom Brady is already a hero. The star athlete is a four-time Super Bowl champion and all-star quarterback. But recent Tom Brady, has won a victory of another sort - he tackled the commercial food industry and in the eyes of many he won.

In a recent interview on the Massachusetts radio station WEEI , he attacked Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes calling them "poison." He criticized the brands, saying that they're only loved because we're told we should love them through marketing. At the time, he was discussing the recent Boston Magazine story on his body coach and business partner Alex Guerrero. In 2004, Guerrero was shut down by the Federal Trade Commission for claiming his Supreme Greens could effectively treat everything from diabetes and obesity to cancer and AIDS.

Brady defended Guerrero, with whom he started the TB12 Sports Therapy Center and then launched into his views on processed junk food and soda, saying:

"I think we've been lied to by a lot of food companies over the years, by a lot of beverage companies over the years. But we still [believe] it... We believe that Frosted Flakes is a food...

You'll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think 'Oh yeah, that's no problem.' Why? Because they pay lots of money for advertisements to think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living...

I totally disagree with that. And when people do that, I think that's quackery. And the fact that they can sell that to kids? I mean, that's poison for kids...

When you go to the Super Bowl, who are the sponsors? That's the education that we get. That's what we get brainwashed to believe; that all these things are just normal food groups, and this is what you should eat."

He also made his views on holistic medicine very clear. Brady blew out his knee in 2008, and claims the only thing that saved his career were the holistic health strategies taught by Guerrero

"Our approach to medicine is, let's wait until you get sick. Wait until you get hurt, and then we'll treat you. Well, how about trying to find ways to prevent that from even happening?

I think it's a much better approach to medicine... Now you guys may think I'm full of crap, but I'm the proof, what you see on the field."

Brady's comments caught media wildfire making headlines in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Time Magazine, People Magazine, and many other news outlets, The comments are particularly painful to companies like Kellogg, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi because they are all struggling to prop up sagging sales.

This year, Coca-Cola reported a five percent drop in revenue for the third quarter, and over the past six months, Kellogg insiders have sold more than 60 percent of their shares in the company, signalling that Kellogg's stock prices may soon go into free-fall. Coca-Cola failed miserably in its rebuttal trying to convince anyone that was listening that their beverages "are safe and can be enjoyed as part of a balanced lifestyle."

So what is Coca-Cola trying to say? That as long as you're eating healthy food, drinking sugary junk water, which has zero health benefits, is not going to do us harm? If the "balance" the junk food industry is talking about about is the balance between harmful foods and healthy foods that's not the kind of balance that really make for a healthy lifestyle.

When it comes to real foods, maintaining "balance" is not really an issue. When you eat real food it's all beneficial and the last things a person has to monitor is a ratio of broccoli to brussel sprouts, or worry about whether you're balancing your water intake with some other beverage.

Food matters - it either supports health or it doesn't. Coke as well as other sugary junk water and has zero health benefits and should never be construed as an acceptable part of any healthy diet.

As for Kellogg's, most cereal's are junk food and they contain questionable ingredients. if you consume Frosted Flakes, you're eating glyphosate-laden genetically engineered corn and a seriously unhealthy dose of sugar. Even if you get some iron and B vitamins along with it, eating any one of the vast majority of highly processed breakfast cereal can do more harm than good.

To protect our children, we need to teach them about nutrition and we need heroes like Tom Brady for standing up for kids by calling junk food exactly what it is - poison.

The monolithic chemical company, Monsanto, is at it yet again. This time, they are trying to convince the world that glyphosate, their number one selling herbicide, is not a probable carcinogen as defined by World Health Organization report published earlier this year.

According to Reuters, a 16-member panel, assembled by Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy will present its findings to the annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis on Monday. Their study will be published the study at a later date after peer review.

The group says the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) misinterpreted or incorrectly weighted some of the data it reviewed and ignored other data before classifying glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen, according to an abstract of its findings.

So how objective are the findings? The panel is anything but impartial. Monsanto paid Intertek for the panel's work.Ten of the 16 scientists on the Intertek panel have been consultants for Monsanto in the past and two others are former Monsanto employees, according to a roster published on Monsanto's website.

But then again objective science is not Monsanto's goal - declining sales are the slings and arrows behind this attempt to debunk the World Health Organization. Monsanto is continuing to lose profits into the second quarter of 2015, shedding an exceptional 15% profit amid falling GMO seed sale.

The WHO report indicated studies “sufficiently demonstrated” that glyphosate caused cancer in animals. And, according to multiple reports, Monsanto was well aware that this chemical caused cancer for decades yet still continued to sell it.

Earlier in the year, over 30,000 doctors and health experts throughout Latin America are demanding that Monsanto’s products be banned. One of the primary cases that these doctors are bringing against Monsanto is the recent confirmation that their main herbicide RoundUp is actually responsible for causing cancer.

Concerns about glyphosate on food have also been a hot topic of debate in the United States contributing to the passage last year in Vermont of the country's first mandatory labeling law for foods that are genetically modified. In Europe, France has banned Roundup's use

Critics say that industry-linked scientists are downplaying the risk to human health and trying to discredit the IARC report by casting doubt on some of the scientific studies that it reviewed.

The line between genetically engineered fodder and natural food is once again being blurred thanks to the Canadian government. Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency rammed through approval of genetically modified salmon without public consultation or assessment of the potential effects of GM fish escaping into the wild. And, once the transgenic fish are in our grocery stores, no labelling will be required. Why? Advocates of GMO fodder know consumers won’t buy it. Polls show that the vast majority of Canadians (88%) want mandatory labeling of all genetically modified foods and 45% say they won’t eat GMO salmon.

Health Canada, just like its counterpart the FDA in the U.S., caved to pressure from a powerful international biotech lobby, instead of listening to the concerns of independent science making the announcement on May 19, that after "thorough and rigorous scientific reviews” of AquaAdvantage's genetically modified salmon, the transgenic fish is “as safe and nutritious for humans and livestock as conventional salmon.”

Aside from the insult of lumping humans and livestock into one category, the sound bite rings hallow when examined closely. Wild salmon are high in essential Omega-3 fatty acids, while avoiding environmental toxins. Not so with GE fish. Eric Hoffman, Friends of the Earth, U.S., noted that the insertion of ocean-pout DNA into Chinook salmon causes the production of growth hormone year-around. To date, no long-term safety tests were conducted to determine if there would be potential negative consequences on public health or on heritage salmon should this genetic aberration escape into the wild.

Further, both the FDA and Health Canada ignored warnings from Canadian government research scientists (Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Office of Aquatic Biotechnology, Draft Risk Review, 2013). These scientists found significant problems with the GE fish, including greater susceptibility to disease (which may require the use of potent antibiotics), and widely inconsistent growth rates. It was also noted that the genetically engineered fish may produce a hormone that can increase cancer risk in humans if they consume the transgenic fish.

According to AquaBounty, the Massachusetts-based biotech firm behind AquaAdvantage, the genetically modified fish will be in stores in about a year joining the GMO sweet corn which is already in the fresh produce aisle and the GMO potato which is slated for commercial release in the Fall of 2016. None of these transgenic foods require labelling.

But resistance is growing. The US Food and Drug Administration promised to bring in labelling guidelines after its approval of GM fish triggered a wave of public reaction in the fall. Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans are fighting approval of the commercial production of GM fish eggs in court, both in Canada and the US, arguing Health Canada and CFIA failed to meet the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

So far, about 60 US-based grocers and retailers, including Costco, Whole Foods and Red Lobster, have pledged not to sell the fish in their stores. But it’s up to Canadian consumers to build on the momentum. Email the Minister of Health today and contact your Member of Parliament to ask for mandatory labelling of all genetically engineered foods using your postal code at

In 2015, Bayer CropScience  scored a big win on both sides of the Canada/US borders. That's when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it completed the registration of Bayer’s new pesticide, flupyradifurone. The chemical spray can now be marketed as an alternative to neonicotinoid pesticides and “safer for bees.” Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), also proposed full registration for the sale and use of flupyradifurone. Good news for the honeybees right? Well, not so much. A closer look reveals the EPA and Health Canada may be misleading the public on the ecological safety of pesticide.

Flupyradifurone (flup) is similar to neonicotinoids (neonics) in that it attacks the nervous system of intended and unintended insects. Like neonics it’s a systemic pesticide and is very persistent in the environment with half-lives in soil ranging from 38-400 days. The major difference is that neonics are lethal to honeybees on contact and toxic when ingested. That’s why the class of pesticides is banned in Europe. Flup is acutely toxic only when ingested. As a systemic pesticide, that thin line of distinction gets lost very quickly in agricultural ecosystems because flup is persist in all the plant tissues, including pollen and nectar for two weeks.

Both agencies note the potential threat to honeybees, birds and other small wild mammals. Health Canada’s solution to minimize risk is to requirement the manufacturer to state the hazards on the label. They also recommend spraying early in the morning or in the evening. The EPA rationalizes that “residues declined in pollen and nectar within a two-week window following treatment.” This means honeybees will be exposed the lethal toxin for at least two weeks. For those adult honeybees that forage on this pollen and nectar during that time, death is imminent. However, using some bazaar reasoning, the EPA believes that while honeybees may touch or tread on flup residues, they’ll be alright as long as they do not ingest the pollen or nectar. You don’t have to be an apiarist to understand this is totally counterintuitive to honeybee behaviour. Honeybees are foragers - they’re not out for a Sunday stroll.

These regulatory reviews raise more questions than answers. Honeybees and native pollinators are essential to agricultural ecosystems. Without their contribution most fruits and vegetables cannot produce. Surely at a time when honeybee populations are in such a steep decline, it seems inappropriate and perhaps even irresponsible for regulators to introduce yet another honeybee toxin to the market. So why is this latest chemical with known risks to honeybees and other wild life even being considered? Both agencies maintain that in spite of the acute oral toxicity, flup has no measurable impact on honeybee colonies, fish or other small mammals based on 38 studies. But who sponsored the studies was unclear.

Another concern is the failure to take into account the cumulative impact of flup and neonics like imidacloprid and clothianidin on honeybees and other non-target insects in the environment. Neonicotinoids, as well as a host of other insecticides are currently used as seed treatment combined with use in other areas of agriculture, the home and gardening sites. Adding flup to the chemical mix already found in the environment will mean that honeybees and other non-target organisms will be exposed to mixtures of chemicals that have yet to be evaluated for their combined or synerg

Neonicotinoids (NNIs) are the most widely used insecticides in the world. In theory, they are the perfect pesticide, coating the seeds of a crop so the growing plant is seeped in their poison, killing any munching marauder. No sloppy spraying, no residue, no toxic runoff into nearby streams - according to the marketing speak. In truth, however, NNIs are much less precise than advertised. They are persistent and water-soluble, so they do wash into streams and they target more than nibbling pests. The chemical is a threat to the wellbeing of honeybees, birds as well as other pollinators and make pollinators more susceptible to disease.

On July 1, the province of Ontario will become the first jurisdiction in North America to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-coated corn and soybean seeds. Agriculture Minister, Jeff Leal, said by 2017, the new rules should curb the acreage planted with such seeds by 80 per cent. Europe is already in the middle of a two-year ban on the controversial pesticide. Great news right? Yes it is, but let's not celebrate yet.

These new regulations may be a good first step, they are baby steps at best. NNIs are only one chemical group in a long line of pesticides that have been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and in dietary illnesses in our kids. Unfortunately, the alternatives that are being proposed are no less questionable.

In truth, the agrochemical industry is valued at over $42 billion. The industry operates with impunity while over 355,000 people die from pesticide poisoning every year, and hundreds of thousands more are made ill - many of whom are children.

Sobering stats on agricultural pesticides:

Each year, around 2.5 million tons (2,500,000 tons = 5 billion pounds) of pesticide are dumped on the crops. [2]
In 2002, an estimated 69,000 children were poisoned by pesticides in the US [3]
The World Health Organization reports 220,000 people die every year worldwide because of pesticide poisoning. [2]
Although most pesticides (80%) are used in the rich countries, most of the poisonings are in poor countries because safety standards are poor. [2]
Pesticide residues in food are often higher in poor countries. [2]
Farmers who use pesticides have a 'significantly higher rate of cancer incidence' than non-farmers. [2]
In the US, nearly one in ten of about 3 billion kilograms (that's 6,613,800,000 pounds) of toxic chemicals released per year is known to be capable of causing cancer (in other animals as well as people). [2]
1. US EPA Pesticide Market Estimates; 2. Public health risks associated with pesticides and natural toxins in foods, David Pimentel et al., College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA; 3. US EPA fact sheet.

Bt toxin is produced by Bacillus thuringiensis in an inactive form (protoxin), which is transformed to its active form (delta-endotoxin) in the guts of certain insects. The active toxin binds to receptors in the gut, killing the insect. There are different forms of Bt toxin that are specifically active against certain groups of insects.

Spores and crystalline insecticidal proteins produced by B. thuringiensis have been used to control chewing insects since the 1920s based on the premise that they are harmless to humans. They are used in organic farming.

In transgenic crops, engineers isolate the active agent of Bt toxin, so it can be transferred to crop seeds. The subsequent plant then inherits the ability to produce the insect toxin on its own. A Belgian company, Plant Genetic Systems was the first company to develop genetically engineered tobacco plants with insect tolerance by expressing the cry genes from B. thuringiensis in 1985. Bt cotton, corn and potatoes were first planted in 1996; by 2006, Bt corn and cotton was planted in over 32 million ha. worldwide.

There is clear evidence from laboratory settings that Bt toxins can affect non-target organisms. Typically, exposure occurs through the consumption of plant parts such as pollen or plant debris, or through Bt ingested by their predatory food choices. In November 2009, Monsanto scientists found that the pink bollworm had become resistant to Bt cotton in parts of Gujarat, India.

Genetically engineered food is chemically treated and heavily processed. Seven out of 10 foods on grocery shelves contain questionable transgenic ingredients, including pesticide residue, yet they require no label identification.

Industrially processed cows, pigs and chickens are usually fed genetically modified crops yet animal products like milk, eggs and meat do not require warning labels. Genetically engineered salmon is a reality yet it requires no identifying label.

Supporters of industrial bioagriculture claim that the World Health Organization (WHO) position is that GMO foods are safe. But that's not accurate. The IAASTD Global Report, co-sponsored by the WHO and six other world organizations, says GMOs have NOT been proven safe. Over 100 science or health based world-wide organizations support mandatory labeling.

Industrial agriculture contributes to many pressing problems: toxic drift and runoff of pesticide residues and animal wastes; green house gases emitted by farms and food transport; and, a link to the decline of public health. We need a food system that values people over profit and consumers can help. To change the future of food we need solidary. Join the concerned citizens worldwide that are demanding that their countries take action. Let your legislators know that you want foods that contain transgenic ingredients clearly labelled.

More than 60 nations, including France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, India, Chile and South Africa require GE labeling on their processed shelf food. Unfortunately, meat proteins and dairy are still exempt from the practice.

In Canada and the United States, no such luck. New transgenic crops like alfalfa, lawn grass, ethanol-ready corn, 2,4 D-resistant crops as well as genetically engineered trees and animals are being fast-tracked for approval by the US government, with absolutely no independent pre-market safety-testing required, no public discussion and no labelling requirements.

The line between genetically engineered fodder and natural food is once again being blurred thanks to the Canadian government. Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency rammed through approval of genetically modified salmon without public consultation or assessment of the potential effects on natural fish being affected by GM fish escaping into the wild or its impact of human health. And, once again, the transgenic fish that are in our grocery stores need no labelling. Why? The GMO fish mongers know consumers won’t buy it. Polls show that the vast majority of Canadians (88%) want mandatory labeling of all genetically modified foods and 45% say they won’t eat GMO salmon.

Health Canada, just like its counterpart the FDA in the U.S., caved-in to pressure from a powerful international biotech lobby, instead of listening to the concerns of independent science. Instead the department released an announcement that after "thorough and rigorous scientific reviews” of AquaAdvantage's genetically modified salmon, the transgenic fish is “as safe and nutritious for humans and livestock as conventional salmon.”

Aside from lumping humans and livestock into one category, this sound bite rings hallow when examined closely. Wild salmon are high in essential Omega-3 fatty acids. Not so with GE fish. Eric Hoffman, Friends of the Earth, U.S., noted that the insertion of ocean-pout DNA into Chinook salmon causes the production of growth hormone year-around. No long-term safety tests were conducted to determine if there would be potential negative consequences on public health or on heritage salmon should this genetic aberration escape into the wild, which they did in August, 2017.

Both the FDA and Health Canada ignored warnings from Canadian government research scientists (Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Office of Aquatic Biotechnology, Draft Risk Review, 2013). These scientists found significant problems with the GE fish, including greater susceptibility to disease (which may require the use of potent antibiotics), and widely inconsistent growth rates. It was also noted that the genetically engineered fish may produce a hormone that can increase cancer risk in humans if they consume the transgenic fish.

So far, Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans are fighting approval of the commercial production of GM fish eggs in court, both in Canada and the US, arguing Health Canada and CFIA failed to meet the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. And about 60 US-based grocers and retailers, including Costco, Whole Foods and Red Lobster, have pledged not to sell the fish in their stores.

But it’s up to Canadian consumers to build on the momentum both at the check out counter and at the ballot box.