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How do GM Food Manufacturers Get Away with Using the “All-Natural” Claim?

The natural food label on processed food has no standard definition and really no meaning at all. The term is only regulated on meat and poultry, for which an item labeled natural may not contain any artificial flavors, colors or chemical preservatives. But in the processed food arena, a “natural” product can be virtually anything — genetically modified, full of pesticides, made with corn syrup, additives, preservatives and artificial ingredients.

So if you’ve ever wondered how heavily processed foods like 7-Up, Cheetos, and potato chips can claim to be “natural,” that’s how.

The main point to remember is that as it stands, in the United States a food can be labeled 100% natural even if it contains GM ingredients. The ConAgra lawsuit is poised to change all of that, but only if the suit is successful …

Even Organic Foods May be Contaminated with GM Ingredients

The problem with GM ingredients infiltrating the food supply are two-fold. First are the manufacturers like ConAgra, who intentionally use GM corn, GM soy and other GM ingredients but “greenwash” their labels to keep it quiet. Then there is the problem of GM contamination, which is becoming progressively more difficult to control.

If you’ve followed the debate about genetically engineered crops for some time, you may remember that the USDA initially proposed that the organic rules should allow GM foods to be labeled organic. Fortunately, the public outcry stopped this atrocious proposal. In fact, it was the second largest citizen response up until that time for any proposed regulation. After several hearings around the United States, the final organic rule did not allow for GM ingredients.

However, we’re now facing significant contamination, both in the fields and during processing, and as a result it’s becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to guarantee a food will not contain any kind of GM substance. This is an industry fact that holds true for all organic retailers. Even the Non-GMO project has admitted this. The approval of GM alfalfa this year will only make matters worse, as alfalfa is a powerful pollinator.

“Contamination is an intentional strategy,” Dr. Philip Bereano, professor emeritus at the University of Washington and an engaged activist concerning GM foods, says. “It’s an intentional strategy by both the government and the industry. We have statements to that effect… Contamination in the field by pollen flow; contamination in the processing. They use the same railcars for engineered and non-engineered crops and things like that.”

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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1:29PM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

good reminder

7:12AM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

Noted, thank you!

9:33PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Thanks for this information, plus good comments:)

3:34AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Thank you .

1:45PM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

Time to ear Organic Raw food !

9:47AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

thanks for sharing

12:21PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

I either use real organic butter, which is so good for healing the entire GI tract, or coconut oil, since it's the only oil that doesn't promote inflammation; hasn't been GMO'd so far, and doesn't go rancid quickly as the others do.

2:43AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Six pages to wade through! I thought Care2 had stopped this annoying practice.

11:14PM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

how to tell which zucchini and which squash?

10:45AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

oils ant oils

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