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Food Companies Seeking Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered

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Consumers are driving a movement toward labeling food products made from genetically modified organisms, and food producers are responding.

 

 

 Food companies big and small are struggling to replace genetically modified ingredients with conventional ones.

 

Pressure is growing to label products made from genetically modified organisms, or “G.M.O.” In Connecticut, Vermont and Maine, at least one chamber of the state legislature has approved bills that would require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, and similar legislation is pending in more than two dozen other states. This weekend, rallies were held around the globe against producers of genetically altered ingredients, and consumers are threatening to boycott products that are not labeled.

And so, for many businesses, the pressing concern is just what it will take to gain certification as non-G.M.O.

Lizanne Falsetto knew two years ago that she had to change how her company, thinkThin, made Crunch snack bars. Her largest buyer, Whole Foods Market, wanted more products without genetically engineered ingredients — and her bars had them. Ms. Falsetto did not know how difficult it would be to acquire non-G.M.O. ingredients.

ThinkThin spent 18 months just trying to find suppliers. “And then we had to work to achieve the same taste and texture we had with the old ingredients,” Ms. Falsetto said. Finally, last month, the company began selling Crunch bars certified as non-G.M.O.

The Non-GMO Project was until recently the only group offering certification, and demand for its services has soared. Roughly 180 companies inquired about how to gain certification last October, when California tried to require labeling (the initiative was later voted down), according to Megan Westgate, co-founder and executive director of the Non-GMO Project.

Nearly 300 more signed up in March, after Whole Foods announced that all products sold in its stores would have to be labeled to describe genetically engineered contents, and about 300 more inquiries followed in April, she said.

“We have seen an exponential increase in the number of enrollments,” Ms. Westgate said.

The shift is evident in prices of nongenetically modified crops, which have been rising as more companies seek them out. Two years ago, a bushel of non-G.M.O. soybeans cost $1 to $1.25 more than a bushel of genetically modified soybeans. Now, that premium is $2. For corn, the premium has jumped from 10 cents to as high as 75 cents.

“We’ve had more calls from food processors wanting to know if we can arrange for non-G.M.O. supplies,” said Lynn Clarkson, founder and president of Clarkson Grain, which sells such conventional grains.

In this country, roughly 90 percent or more of four major crops — corn, soybeans, canola and sugar beets — are grown from genetically engineered seeds, creating a challenge for companies seeking to swap to ingredients sourced from conventional varieties. A portion of the conventional varieties of those crops is exported, and much of the rest of those crops is already spoken for by organic and other companies here.

Additionally, the livestock industry is increasing its demand for non-G.M.O. crops to meet growing demand among consumers for eggs and meats sourced from animals that have never eaten genetically modified feeds.

On Saturday, at least two million people in 436 cities in 52 countries rallied in protests against the seed giant Monsanto and genetically modified food, according to the organizers of the “March Against Monsanto.” The company, based in St. Louis, is the largest producer of genetically engineered seeds and the pesticides used to protect them.

Farmers have long crossbred plants to improve genetics in an effort to increase productivity and resistance to pests and diseases, and decrease the need for water, among other things.

The type of genetic engineering done by Monsanto and its competitors, however, involves inserting genetic materials, sometimes from wholly different plant species and bacteria, directly into the DNA plants like corn or soybeans.

Regulators and some scientists say this poses no threat to human health, but a growing number of consumers are demanding increased information about what is in their food, whether it is gluten or genetically engineered ingredients.

 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/business/food-companies-seeking-ingredients-that-arent-gene-altered.html?src=recg

 


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We made the decision from the get-go to use onlu Non GMO, Gluten-free, and Kosher ingredients in Sugarlesse™ and products made with Sugarlesse™.

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We made the decision from the get-go to use onlu Non GMO, Gluten-free, and Kosher ingredients in Sugarlesse™ and products made with Sugarlesse™.

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The Iron You - A healthy living blog with tasty recipes: Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse

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A raw chocolate mousse made with cashew, cocoa, avocado, banana, a pinch of cayenne and ginger. Raw, vegan, paleo and so very delicious!

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Raw chocolate mousse? Makes me wonder....

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6 Tasty Peach Recipes & How to Store the Summer Peach Bounty ...

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get healthy living updates ... a glass of sparkling water for instant peach soda any time you want! 6 Tasty Peach Recipes & How to Store the Summer Peach Bounty. 6 Tasty Peach Recipes. 1.
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Truly peachy!

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Are You Under Much Stress? See 20 Daily Habits for Stress-Free Life | eCellulitis

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Changing bad habits may seem hard, on the other hand, once you know what changes you need to make, forming positive habits will eventually become a natural part

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Changing habits IS very hard as they are "hardwired" in your brain.  Forming positive habits does not remove them right away but over a very long time... that's why it's so easy to fall back into bad habits.

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Healthy Spring Sprout Salad - Foods4BetterHealth

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A healthy recipe to start off the new season!
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Make sure it is of organic origin!

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Sprouts are delicious and fun to grow,,,'

Convenient as well.

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This Might Be the Real Reason You Feel Good After Dropping Gluten - Foods4BetterHealth

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Many people have tried a gluten-free diet. But is it actually healthy for you?
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This Might Be the Real Reason You Feel Good After Dropping Gluten - Foods4BetterHealth

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Many people have tried a gluten-free diet. But is it actually healthy for you?
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Happy Bat Mitzvah, Joelle - Mazel Tov!

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Lori Weintrob,  chair and professor in the history department of Wagner College on Staten Island, NY had a problem. She wanted custom chocolate made for Joelle's Mat Mitzvah. Not just any  custom...
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Personalized sugar-free chocolates from:  http://www.sugarlesse.com/store/c3/SUGARLESSe™__Chocolate_Naturals.html

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The 9 Best Anti-Aging Foods For Your Weight Loss Diet

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New Study Makes Milestone Discovery in Early Alzheimer’s Detection

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A recent study by Columbia University Medical Center has uncovered the part of the brain that Alzheimer’s disease originates in, a huge step forward in developing a cure for the age-related disease.
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Weight Loss Goals for the New Year

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It’s the New Year and I bet you’re already thinking about what you are going to do this year that will dramatically change your health, level of well-being, and life? Here's how to keep your weight loss goals.
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Top 5 Tips for Kicking Your Sugar Habit

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Sugar is one of the most addictive and worst stuffs in the latest diet. On the other hand, it’s one of the most loved tastes on earth.

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I agree with Recommendations #1 and #2:  “Go natural” and “Seek for alternatives.” Here it is: http://sugarlesse.com

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I agree with Recommendations #1 and #2:  “Go natural” and “Seek for alternatives.” Here it is: http://sugarlesse.com

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If all our sugar comsuption came in these cute little white cubes, it would be easy to stop. But many items have sugar as a hidden indredient and we eat much more than we know.

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A Guide To Optimising Your Vitamins And Supplements Infographic (A Guide To Optimising Your Vitamins And Supplements Infographic http://t.co/gwfpaIUG32)...

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Very informative and useful infographic! Do scroll down to the bottom of it to make sure you read their general rules of thumb! 

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The Iron You - A healthy living blog with tasty recipes: Very Cherry Recovery Smoothie

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A power smoothie made with cherries, almond milk, orange juice, protein powder and honey. Perfect for a quick recovery.

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Nothing better than fresh, plump, organic cherries!

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I cannot drink milk in any form- this looks great

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3 Warning Signs That Your Body is Dehydrated

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Dehydration is a shock to your body and can lead to many complications. Here are the three most common signs that your body is dehydrated
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Everybody's body chemistry is different. Study and follow the signals from your body to nourish it with just the right amount and kind of water, minerals, milk, and other drink it needs. 

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Things You Did Not Know about Lemon – Healing Secrets and Health Benefits | eCellulitis

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Citrus fruits have always been famous in human nutrition, diet and folklore medicine. Ancient Egyptians believed that lemon juice offered a protection against
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Didn't know about some of these benefits before reading the is article, even though lemon an lime have been a staple in our home.

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Organic Produce Still Exposed to Pesticides and Toxins

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A report from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency finds that as much as 50% of organic produce may contain pesticide residues.
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Most likely less and less over time.

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Juicing Journal – The First 10 Days

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Often times the first step is the hardest. It took me a few years to start juicing again. I had my excuses – juicer is too expensive, not enough time, do
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SUGARLESSe™ Endorsed by Gluten Free Advocacy Group

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We received an email earlier this week with the following review and endorsement — after a thorough evaluation in a good number of recipes — from Lauren Lindsay of the Gluten-Free Advocacy Group...
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Gluten-free AND sugar-free should not mean, and do not mean fun-free with SUGARLEsse!

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Roasted Almond Bark with SUGARLESSe™

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Roasted almonds in chocolate — that is, almond bark — is one of the few confectionery delights that used to be allowed in our house under the guise of “almonds being healthy, thus good for...
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Now I can make my favorite treat with no sugar, yet the same sweetness and texture. You can't get a healthier almond bark than that!

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Organic Produce Still Exposed to Pesticides and Toxins

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A report from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency finds that as much as 50% of organic produce may contain pesticide residues.

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What's the likelihood of these residues having been absorbed from previously contaminated soil?

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, January 30, 10:04 AM

This is terrible. Many folks by "organic" to avoid just that! Now, we learn this--

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What Every Woman Needs to Know About Binge Drinking

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According to a study recently released, most women living in the U.S. are not very concerned about their alcohol intake and how it may influence their risk of developing breast cancer.
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Drinking one or two cups of wine or beer a day has been proven healthy.

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, January 30, 10:05 AM

Breast cancer is just one of the risks of heavy drinking by women.

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Why Is Squash Called Squash?

Why Is Squash Called Squash? | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it

It's an adapted version of a Narragansett Native American word that translates to eaten raw or uncooked (RT @SmithsonianMag: Why is squash called squash?


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This article was rather interesting because who would think to wonder why we name certain things? When I was reading this article I learned that we name the vegetable "squash" becasue the Narrgannsett Native Americans had the word "askutasquash" which means you can eat it raw or cooked. I did not know that this word came from the Narrgansett Native Americans. 

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Pretty interesting article!

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Ways to keep up your early-morning workout when it's cold outside | HellaWella

Ways to keep up your early-morning workout when it's cold outside | HellaWella | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Whether you’re headed out to the next room to workout, prepping for an outdoor run or going to the gym, these tips should help you survive the winter so that you stay active all season long.

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Boy, we can sure relate to that "cold outside" comment, can't we?

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New UK Study Suggests Low Vitamin D Causes Damage to Brain | UKNow

New UK Study Suggests Low Vitamin D Causes Damage to Brain | UKNow | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it

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Study says "Adequate vitamin D serum levels are necessary to prevent free radical damage in brain...." but doesn't tell you what thast level is. According to my research, it should be between 1000 - 2000 units. 

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Eat foods rich in vitamin D, take vitamin D supplements, and/or get at least 10-15 minutes of sun exposure each day to ensure that vitamin D levels are normalized and remain so to help protect the brain