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In the ongoing fight of David (the general public) vs Goliath (GMO corporate citizens like Monsanto) the beautiful state of Vermont, the House of Representatives voted 114 to 30 in favor of a bill that calls for mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically engineered ingredients. It would also ban GMO-containing foods from being marketed as "natural" or "all natural." The same bill was passed by the state Senate by a vote of 26 to 2.

The Organic Consumers Association is calling this the first potential no-strings-attached GMO labeling law because it doesn't require other states to sign similar laws to force the law into effect. GMO-labeling laws passed in Connecticut and Maine do. That power in numbers strategy is designed to prevent lawsuits, but Vermont lawmakers believe they crafted a strong law. Nevertheless, the legislature did create a fund to help cover legal costs if they are sued over the right-to-know-what's-in-your-food law.

The law is expected to go into effect on July 1, 2016.

Depending on the poll, about 90 percent of consumers want genetically modified foods labeled. Regardless many processed companies and the corporations that sell transgenic seeds and agri-chemicals have spent hundreds of millions of dollars into defeating labeling initiatives. Monsanto, Dow, and other chemical companies persuaded voters in Washington and California to vote against labeling laws using scare tactics like telling people food prices will skyrocket, a claim that has been debunked. Monsanto and other chemical companies are now setting their sites stopping a GMO planting ban initiative in a single Oregon county. The state is expected to introduce a GMO labeling ballot initiative in November.

'We now eat food grown by unnatural processes which make use of a host of chemical substances: hormones, antibiotics, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides - of which residues are to be found in nearly all the food commercially available today.' Edward Goldsmith, The Ecologist, Vol 30 No 7, October 2000

Although toxicologists are able to investigate single substances quite efficiently, they have no basic methods for analyzing complex mixtures of toxic substances and the 'cocktail' effect of the mixture of several hundred synthetic chemicals that each one of us carries in our body.

According to the EWG's Body Burden website, there are 80,000 chemicals in commerce. The site states, "No one is ever exposed to a single chemical, but to a chemical soup, the ingredients of which may interact to cause unpredictable health effects."

There are only a few studies that evaluate the combined effects of food additives. One 2006 study published in Toxicology Science concludes that the combination of several common additives appears to have a neurotoxic effect. "Although the use of single food additives at their regulated concentrations is believed to be relatively safe in terms of neuronal development, their combined effects remain unclear." Of the four additives examined, only one is banned in the US, while the rest remain in the foods on our grocery store shelves. A 2000 study, looked at the combination of four major food additives or a mixture of six typical artificial food colours and found indications of toxicity in both.

Perhaps the most alarming study comes from a 1976 Journal of Food Science. Young rats were fed a low-fiber diet along with sodium cyclamate, FD&C Red No. 2, and polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate individually and in combination. While the study found that any one of the three food additives given individually had little negative effect, the combination of all three additives resulted in weight loss and the death of all test animals within 14 days. Sodium cyclamate is an artificial sweetener banned in the U.S., but FD&C Red No. 2, a food dye, and polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate, an emulsifier, are still in regular use in the food supply, according to the FDA's website.

And it's not just food. A number of additional toxins also enter our systems from other industrial sources often in the form of phthalate plasticizers and parabens -- both of which are used in personal care products, some medications, and even foods and food preservation. The vast majority of us use some form of shampoo, soap, lotion, and antiperspirant every day, and these toxins are absorbed through the skin.

Chemicals used in all of these industrial products are big business and food corporations are once again some of the biggest offenders. Many own shares in some of the largest personal care companies in the world. For example, Nestlé owns 30 percent of the world's largest cosmetic and beauty company L'Oreal. They use cheap, industrial ingredients to maintain their enormous profit margins.

Our governments are not being proactive. Using the precautionary approach when purchasing food and personal care products is the only solution currently available. Read the label - your body will thank you.

Here's an ingredient you won't find on the food label. GMO Free USA, recently announced that Frito Lay's SunChips tested positive for glyphosate, a popular weed-killing chemical and the active ingredient in Roundup. Testing also revealed the chips contained genetically engineered or transgenic ingredients.

The public advocacy group found that a quantitative test verified by DNA analysis discovered that 100 percent of the corn in the SunChips came from GMO sources, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide-producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn.

Roundup, the chemical sprayed on GMO crops, has been linked to certain cancers, including lymphoma, and to DNA damage, premature births, birth defects, and ADHD, according to previous research.

Previously, Warren Porter, PhD, professor of environmental toxicity and zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, analyzed data on GMOs and public health and found major cause for concern. GMOs could alter endocrine-mediated pathways, leading to obesity, heart problems, circulation issues, and diabetes.

Pepsico, the owner of Frito-Lay, has not made a comment. The health consequences of GMOs are still unknown because no long term feeding studies have been carried out, but foods containing transgenic ingredients must be labelled throughout Europe .

According to supporters of agrichemical biotechnology, the World Health Organization (WHO) position is that GMO foods are safe. That's not true. The IAASTD Global Report, co-sponsored by the WHO and six other world organizations, states GMOs have NOT been proven safe.

On January 24, 2015 a statement signed by 300 scientists was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Environmental Sciences Europe asserting that there is no scientific consensus about the safety of GE foods

Over 100 global and local health and science organizations agree with IAASTD report and/or support mandatory GMO labeling. Go Organic Principle's Knowledge Exchange for related research.

International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), The World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) involving 900 participants and 110 countries from all regions of the world:

“The safety of GMO foods and feed is controversial due to limited available data, particularly for long-term nutritional consumption and chronic exposure. Food safety is a major issue in the GMO debate. Potential concerns include alteration in nutritional quality of foods, toxicity, antibiotic resistance, and allergenicity from consuming GM foods. The concepts and techniques used for evaluating food and feed safety have been outlined (WHO, 2005b), but the approval process of GM crops is considered inadequate (Spök et al., 2004). Under current practice, data are provided by the companies owning the genetic materials, making independent verification difficult or impossible. Recently, the data for regulatory approval of a new Bt-maize variety (Mon863) was challenged. Significant effects have been found on a number of measured parameters and a call has been made for more research to establish their safety... “There is little consensus among the findings from the assessments of economic and environmental impacts of GMOs.” – Global Report

“In regions or countries that choose to produce GMOs, regulation should be based on the precautionary principle and the right of consumers to have an informed choice, for example through labeling” – Translation from Spanish: “En regiones o países, que elijan producir GMO, la regulación debería basarse en el principio de precaución y el derecho de los consumidores a tener una elección informada, por ejemplo a traves del etiquetado.” – LAC SDM (Latin America and Caribbean

American Public Health Association (APHA):
“APHA declare its support that any food product containing genetically modified organisms be so labeled.”

British Medical Association:
“Many unanswered questions remain, particularly with regard to the potential long-term impact of GM foods on human health and on the environment. There is a lack of evidence-based research with regard to medium and long-term effects on health and the environment…Labelling of GM-containing foods should be continued [in Britain] in order to facilitate further health research and allow the public to choose whether they consume GM food or not. Robust population health surveillance in relation to consumption of all foods, including GM foods, is essential and we endorse the suggestions in the FSA (Food Standards Agency) feasibility study regarding the importance of linking nutritional and health surveillance data. When seeking to optimise the balance between benefits and risks, it is prudent to err on the side of caution and, above all, learn from accumulating knowledge and experience. Any new technology such as genetic modification must be examined for possible benefits and risks to human health and the environment. As with all novel foods, safety assessments in relation to GM foods must be made on a case-by-case basis.”

Australia Public Health Association:
“GM foods should not be assessed as safe to eat unless they have undergone long-term animal safety assessments utilizing endpoints relevant to human health and conducted by independent researchers...The labelling system should be improved to the standards desired by consumers, so that consumers can easily identify foods containing ingredients originating from GM animals and plants, and from animals fed GM feed...There are no surveillance systems set-up to determine the effects of GM foods on health, and no-one is paid to look in existing surveillance systems for problems.,,,and “The precautionary principle should be applied in developing GM food as it is not certain whether there are serious risks to the environment or to human health involved in producing or consuming GM foods or their products.”

Expert Panel Report on the Future of Food Biotechnology prepared by The Royal Society of Canada for Health Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Environment Canada:
“The Panel recommends that approval of new transgenic organisms for environmental release, and for use as food or feed, should be based on rigorous scientific assessment of their potential for causing harm to the environment or to human health. Such testing should replace the current regulatory reliance on ‘substantial equivalence’ as a decision threshold. The Panel recommends the precautionary regulatory assumption that, in general, new technologies should not be presumed safe unless there is a reliable scientific basis for considering them safe. The Panel rejects the use of “substantial equivalence” as a decision threshold to exempt new GM products from rigorous safety assessments on the basis of superficial similarities because such a regulatory procedure is not a precautionary assignment of the burden of proof.”

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA): “NEHA declare its support for the “understandable” labeling of any food product that contains GMOs, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any labeling program not exempt soy oil and soy derivatives such as lecithin”

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):
“there are no robust techniques available to monitor the impact of genetic engineering in the food industry or on health or on the environment. Genetic engineering should not be used in the production of human food or animal feeding stuffs or released into the environment until such techniques are in place.”

California Medical Association (CMA):
“the CMA support accurate labeling requirements for foods, including genetically modified foods, by appropriate regulatory agencies.”
California Medical Association SUPPORTS THE LABELING OF GMOs

European Commission:
“labelling should include objective information to the effect that a food or feed consists of, contains or is produced from GMOs. Clear labelling, irrespective of the detectability of DNA or protein resulting from the genetic modification in the final product, meets the demands expressed in numerous surveys by a large majority of consumers, facilitates informed choice and precludes potential misleading of consumers as regards methods of manufacture or production.”

Honourable Supreme Court of India Technical Expert Committee (TEC):
“TEC recommends a ten year moratorium on field trials of Bt transgenics in all food crops(those used directly for human consumption)”
Over 250 scientists support this committee.

“Accept majority TEC final report”: More than 250 scientists write to PM

Viennese Doctors’ Chamber (Ärztekammer für Wien):
“The release of transgenic species in nature must still be strictly opposed as the results can neither be estimated nor reversed.” Website:

Illinois Public Health Association:
“lack of labeling denies health professionals the ability to trace potential toxic or allergic reactions to, and other adverse health effects from, genetically engineered food” &

American Nurses Association:
“the American Nurses Association supports the public’s right to know through support of appropriate food labeling, including country-of-origin and genetic modification and of nutritional information for food served in institutions, restaurants and fast food chains” &

Indiana State Medical Association:
“Lack of labeling denies health professionals the ability to trace potential toxic or allergic reactions to, and other adverse health effects from, genetically engineered food”

American College of Physicians:
“the Board of Regents supports legislation and/or federal regulatory action which requires all foods containing genetically engineered ingredients to be clearly labeled.” “the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) strongly encourage the study of the long-term impact of genetic engineering on the food supply and human health.”

Australian Medical Association (AMA):
“Genetically modified foods have been developed and introduced without regard for full and independent safety evaluation, or full and adequate public consultation or rigorous assessment of health impacts.” – Australian Medical Association, Public Health Association, Australian Consumers’ Association, ‘Grave fears that gene food labels will be denied to consumers’, Media Release, 29 July 1999.

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE): “CAPE has grave concerns about the environmental release of genetically modified (GM) crops and products; we call for the immediate suspension of all such releases”

American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM):
“because GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health and are without benefit, the AAEM believes that it is imperative to adopt the precautionary principle”

European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER):
“No epidemiological studies in human populations have been carried out to establish whether there are any health effects associated with GM food consumption. As GM foods are not labelled in North America, a major producer and consumer of GM crops, it is scientifically impossible to trace, let alone study, patterns of consumption and their impacts. Therefore, claims that GM foods are safe for human health based on the experience of North American populations have no scientific basis.”

Dignity Health:
“Our desire is to have things labeled so that we can make the best decision on what foods to bring into our hospitals,” “The more information we have, the better decision we can make about what to buy.” &

Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology:
“Commercial application of genetical engineering for production of foods cannot be scientifically justified and carries with it unpredictable and potentially serious consequences.”

Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility (PSGR):
“The application of genetic engineering biotechnology, in particular the release overseas into the environment of genetically engineered organisms, has proven at best uncertain and at worst seriously damaging. We maintain that it is imperative to keep genetic engineering biotechnology in strict containment in the laboratory.

“The precautionary principle should dictate that we declare an immediate moratorium on (i) the release of any genetically engineered organisms into the environment, and (ii) the incorporation of GEOs [genetically engineered organisms] – their parts, processes and products – into the food chain.”

Health Care Without Harm – Healthy Food in Health Care program:
“Health Care Without Harm joined as a partner to the Just Label It campaign, which has petitioned the FDA to legally require that genetically engineered (GE) foods be labeled. Americans have a basic right to know what they are eating and the right to make informed choices about what they eat.” “Healthy Food in Health Care program encourages health care providers to purchase foods free from genetically engineered (GE) ingredients as much as possible, to source from suppliers that demonstrate a strong commitment to non-GE foods, and to support local farmers that favor sustainable practices.”
481 Hospitals signed the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge

Council For Responsible Genetics:
“Governments should require mandatory labeling of foods produced by or containing genetically engineered organisms (GMOs)"

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM):
“Tell Congress It’s Time to Label GMOs”

Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association:
“The health risks of introducing genetically modified animal feed and agricultural crops into the food chain need to be as thoroughly researched as the introduction of drugs produced by GM bacteria into medicine. This is patently not the case.”

California Nurses Association:
“Nurses see people suffering from serious diet-related diseases every day. The potential danger of genetically modified foods is why CNA supports Prop 37.”

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American College for Advancement in Medicine:
“Americans have a right to know if their foods contain GMO ingredients.”

The Independent Science Panel (ISP):
“GM foods have never passed any required tests that could have established they are safe.”

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS):
“Support food labeling laws that require foods containing GE crops to be clearly identified as such, so that consumers can make informed decisions about buying GE products.”

Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine:
“At the very least, we can be wary. We can insist on more long-term studies of the effects of our genetic modification of crops. We can insist that our foods be labeled, so that we can make the choice whether to consume genetically modified foods.”

Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS):
“It is necessary to ban GMO, to impose moratorium [on it] for 10 years. While GMO will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed,” Website:

Peru National Institute of Health/Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS): English translation: “The analysis of identified publications concluded that the scientific evidence is not sufficient to determine the consumption of GMO generates no adverse effects on human health. It is necessary to develop studies evaluating the safety of human and animal GMO according to international scientific standards. Similar findings have been made by other scholars (30, 31) scientific groups. ”

World Conservation Union (IUCN): “
CALLS for a moratorium on further environmental releases of GMOs until these can be demonstrated to be safe for biodiversity, and for human and animal health, beyond reasonable doubt”

Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND):
“Labeled GMOs would be an added component to an already terrific collection of information on a product’s Nutrition Facts Label. This information is critical for consumers looking to make wise and specific food purchases, many of which directly affect health.”

Maine Integrative Healthcare:
“While the scientific debate about the benefits and risks of genetically engineered crops is vigorous and unlikely to reach a consensus anytime soon, you have a right to know what you are eating now.”

Plurinational State of Bolivia (Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia):
“Based on the current knowledge, including the published literature and narratives, the Plurinational State of Bolivia recognizes that changes in biodiversity and ecosystems caused by LMOs [living modified organisms/genetically modified organisms] are linked to pressing socioeconomic (SE) concerns.”

National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA): the NSNA encourage its constituent members to write to their state and national legislators in support of mandatory labeling of genetically modified, genetically engineered, or bioengineered food

National Institute of Integrative Medicine:
“Overall, the research debunks the notion that it is necessary or beneficial to integrate GM crops into our everyday nutrition. The health risks, both proven and potential, greatly outweigh the argument for improved nutrition through genetic modification.”

Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria: “a moratorium should be placed on distribution of all GMOs through all sources”

Consumers Union:
“Consumers Union Calls on U.S. to Support Genetically Modified Food Labeling Agreement”

Institute for Integrative Nutrition:
“Integrative Nutrition is joining the conversation about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) because we believe everyone has the right to make educated decisions about what we eat.”

Irish Medical Organization:
“this AGM calls for full and proper labeling of foods, which either contain genetically engineered ingredients or have been produced using genetically engineered technology, irrespective of whether these foods are substantially equivalent to existing foods or not” –
General Motion #29 passed by the 1997 Irish Medical Association Annual General Meeting

Wellness Center at Post Haste:
“In animal studies, GMO’s have been linked to infertility, gastrointestinal and immune problems, faulty insulin regulation and major changes in internal organs.”

Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF):
“Concerns about safety are not simply a knee-jerk reaction to the technology or an automatic fear-based response. There is already evidence that some GMOs released have acted in a different manner than expected.” and “The fact that GMOs are living things with the capacity to breed and presumably possibly “interbreed” with existing non-GMO organisms means that, once released into the environment either deliberately following authorisation or accidentally, it may be very difficult to “fix” a mistake. Scientific understanding of the effect of introducing DNA into another organism on its other characteristics is incomplete.”

American Chiropractic Association:
“In consideration that genetically modified plant technology is at an early stage of development and since the scientific community acknowledges that the use of genetically modified plants is not without risk both to the environment and human health. The ACA supports the right of consumers not to be involuntarily subjected to possible risks by supporting the right of consumers to choose not to consume genetically modified foods through clear and informative labeling.”

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future:
“The risks, however, of introducing genetically engineered plants into the environment have not been fully characterized with regard to ecosystem and human health. Unpredicted risks, such as the potential for increased food allergies, have not been fully considered.”

Macalester College GMO Exploratory Committee:
“All GMO products should be labeled as such. The committee feels that the public has the right to be informed about the nature of the foods they consume. This is also essential for citizens with food allergies. Therefore, we recommend labeling with stickers for produce or directly labeling the packaging of other foods. Further information about each GMO product will be available online or in information packets in grocery stores and restaurants. Distributors of the food must provide this information to the marketing location.”

Dietitians Association of Australia:
“DAA supports compulsory labelling of genetically modified foods and ingredients.” and, “As genetically modified food is a relatively recent addition to the food supply, it is difficult to assess the long- term effect it may have on the environment and the health of those who eat it.

Connecticut Public Health Association:
“requiring the labeling of GM foods will assure transparency by the GM food industry and also create a system which allows for the traceability of GMOs, making it possible to monitor GM foods for human health effects. Genetically modified foods pose real potential health risks to humans, and when such hazards to human health are at stake, unbiased, rigorous research is necessary to protect the public’s health and inform decision making.”—Kelly%20Rago,%20Intern%20-TMY.PDF

Groups that support mandatory GMO labeling:

Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine :

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments:

American Holistic Medical Association:

American Medical Students Association:

Bernhoft Center for Advanced Medicine:

Bowdoin Street Health Center:

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions:

Canadian Health Coalition:

Center for Environmental Health:

Center for Ethics and Toxics:

Children’s Environmental Health Network:

Ghana Public Health Association(GPHA):

Harbor Medical Group:

Healthcare Professionals for a Safe & Healthy Sustainable Food Supply:

HealthNOW Medical Center:

Institute of Progressive Medicine:

Institute for Restorative Health:

International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists:

International College of Integrative Medicine:

Jade Mountain Health Center:

Latino Care Medical Group:

. Michigan State Medical Society:

M.D. Integrative Wellness:

National Association of Nutrition Professionals:

Ontario Health Coalition:

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility:

Pacific Center For Integral Health:

Palmetto Allergy and Asthma:

PCOS Nutrition Center:
80. Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals:

Physicians for Social Responsibility:

Physicians for Social Responsibility, Arizona:

. Physicians for Social Responsibility- Los Angeles:

Physicians for Social Responsibility- Sacramento:

Porter Ranch Medical Center:

The Preventive Medicine Center :

Preventive Medicine Research Institute:

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario:

Redwood Wellness:

Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine:

. Santa Cruz Occupational Medical Center:

San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility:

San Francisco Preventive Medical Group:

Sedona Center for Complementary Medicine:

Texas Association of Naturopathic Doctors:

Vermont Public Health Association:

Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians:

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility:

Washington State Nurses Association:

Western Washington Physicians for a National Health Program:

Remember the old saying 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'? Well, you may have to rethink that. In 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture approved two new genetically engineered apple varieties and they will likely be coming to a supermarket near you soon. How can you recognize them? You can't. Just like GMO sweet corn, these apples require no label.

The technology was developed in Australia and licensed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits in Canada. The apple is a genetically modified 'non-browning' variety that does not brown when sliced for 15 days or more. It's intent is to support the sliced fruit market like those packages you find in grocery stores and airports. These apples have not yet been approved in Canada but based on other GMO products grown here, it could well be approved in 2015, despite over 69% of Canadians not wanting it approved. Associations representing fruit growers in Canada are also opposed. Consumer rejection and possible contamination from GM apples could threaten the future of Canadian apples just like the threat of GMO alfalfa.

But here's the rub. The US based synthetic biology company Intrexon purchased Okanagan Specialty Fruits in February 2015. Intrexon website says it is “committed to building ‘A Better World Through Better DNA’” and in that light also bought AquaBounty in 2012, thereby owning the rights to the GMO salmon developed by that company. By the way, it also owns two European patents (EP 1456346 and EP 1572862) on chimpanzees genetically engineered with DNA from insects, for pharmaceutical research purposes. So why apples?

The 'Arctic' apple isn't the only apple on the GMO agenda. They want to use the GM trait in Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and Fuji apples. What does the deep-pocketed Intrexon get out of it? Plenty. Apples are the second most consumed fruit following oranges. As of 2012, Canada purchased apples valued at nearly $193.1 million making us the second largest importers of apples and apple products from the United States. These lab-developed fruits are created in a way that could never genetically occur in nature. Should they be used in fruit juice, apple sauce or commercial baked goods, consumers would be totally unaware. Without mandatory labeling there is no way for consumers to distinguish between GMO and non-GMO apples in the produce aisle, or on the shelf, or in the freezer.

Although the U.S. and Canada approved the use of GMO crops nearly 20 years ago, over 300 scientists and over 100 health organizations world wide have officially stated that consumers should avoid eating foods laced with GMO ingredients. Eating raw whole foods like apples and sweet corn only aggravate matters. Doctors have already witnessed a sharp increase in food related allergies, digestive disease, Autism and even certain cancers that many believe are linked to GMOs.

Canadian consumers deserve the same rights as consumers in the 64 other countries around world that already require GMO labeling. Get Involved. Canadians have a federal election coming up. Contact your local politicians to find out their stand on GMO labelling.

For years, the public has been assured that the chemical glyphosate was safe whether it was found in the environment or in our fresh water supply or in the processed food we feed our families. As a result, farmers spray more than 185 million pounds of glyphosate-based herbicides, particularly Monsanto’s Roundup, on food crops in North America The questionable agrochemical is also the third most commonly used herbicide for industrial and commercial land and the second most commonly used herbicide in the home and garden. A whopping twenty-five million applications are spread on yards within easy reach of children, pregnant women, the elderly and pets, every year. In short, this herbicide is everywhere. So why the concern? Turns out the industry reports behind glyphosate's safety may have been overstated.

In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) reviewed the latest non-industry-funded science and concluded that glyphosate must be labeled a “probable human carcinogen” based on the findings suggesting glyphosate increases the risk of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Independent science has been sounding the alarm for years. Glyphosate has been implicated in over 40 plant diseases; commercial grade glyphosate attacks mammals in the liver and intestines by decreasing the activity of two detoxification enzymes; a report dating back to 2011 found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate can cause birth defects in laboratory animals and that the European Commission has known that glyphosate causes malformations since 2002. Yet the information was never made public.

In Argentina, currently the second largest producer of transgenic BT soy in the world and a major user of Roundup, amphibian embryos are exhibiting defects in their brain, intestines and heart. Farmworkers are becoming ill and their children are born with devastating birth defects. Concerned scientists discovered the herbicide increased the activity of a particular “signalling pathway” that turns off the genes that are needed for normal embryological development. Three countries, across multiple continents are experiencing an inexplicable epidemic. Dubbed as CKDu, Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin has attacked and killed thousands of field workers, primarily young males. The disease is spreading so quickly, it's estimated that it now affects 15 percent of field workers - that's 400,000 people. Glyphosate has been implicated.

Undoubtedly, farmworkers face the highest exposures, but low levels of glyphosate are present in our food and drinking water and that could pose a serious threat to our well being. The problem is not acute, its the accumulation of the chemical that may pose the greatest threat. Studies have found glyphosate accumulates in soy and is present in thousands of nonorganic packaged foods including those labelled 'natural'. It is also in animal feed for livestock like pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys and fish so that means it's in the meat aisles of our grocery stores.

IRAC also determined insecticides malathion and diazinon are probable human carcinogens. These bug-killing chemicals are most often found on nonorganic strawberries, celery, and cilantro. An argument to purchase organic if there ever was one.

Despite all the input from independent science, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just gave the green light to allow farmers in nine more states to use a new glyphosate-containing pesticide called Enlist Duo. The new weedkiller also contains 2,4-D, an old-school, toxic chemical that's also linked to cancer. Enlist Duo's two active ingredients, 2,4-D and glyphosate, have both been shown to increase the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

But here's the real kicker, the stuff doesn't work! Genetically engineering crop seeds are engineered to live through dense herbicide sprayings that normally would kill the crop. But spraying BT crops is a failed technology and a losing battle. Just as overusing antibiotics led to hard-to-kill, antibiotic-resistant super germs, abusing weed killers has fuelled the emergence of nearly impossible-to-kill super weeds.

When GE technology was first introduced, chemical companies touted the technology as a way to reduce chemical use on food crops. But Professor Chuck Benbrook, PhD, a research professor at Washington State University, recently found that between 1996 and 2011, GMO technology actually increased herbicide use by 527 million pounds—that's an 11 percent increase -- for every pound less of insecticide used, farmers used four pounds more of herbicides.

The weight of evidence is indicating something is going seriously wrong and glyphosate could be playing a role. Surely it's time stop its commercial distribution until we can get a clear picture of its safety. Likely? Unfortunately until the public starts making some serious noise, particularly around election time, nothing is going to change.

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

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.