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Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 10:15:07 -0800 (PST)
From: Claire Gilbert <email@example.com>
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Subject: GE News, March 1997 issue of Alive (fwd)
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 12:17:31 -0500
From: email@example.com (Richard Wolfson)
Subject: GE News, March 1997 issue of Alive
SHOP TO AVOID BIOTECH FOODS or Who Wants to Be a Guinea Pig?
(From the March 1997 issue of Alive, Canadian Journal of Health and
by Richard Wolfson, Ph.D.
Genetically engineered (GE) foods are already in Canadian stores, mixed in
with other foods. And since they are unlabelled, we have no way of knowing
No one knows the long-term effects of eating GE foods, which contain
foreign genes from bacteria, viruses, fish, animals, and even humans.
These and many more are on the drawing board and expected problems include
new diseases, allergies, and other toxic effects. For those wishing to
avoid these experimental foods, some guidelines follow:
First of all, certified organic whole foods are still safe. However,
processed foods, even if labelled organic, can contain a percentage of
non-organic ingredients. The Organic Standards Board allows organic
processed foods to contain 5% non-organic ingredients. These could be
Therefore, for processed foods read labels. Any ingredients not labelled
as organic can be mixed with GE versions. Look for soy, canola oil and
corn ingredients, because GE versions of these foods are approved for use
in many products. For instance, "organic" ice cream might contain organic
milk, organic cream, and organic sweetener, but lecithin from biotech
Canola oil, used in many products, is particularly suspect because Canada
is the leader in canola, now genetically altered. GE soybeans can be in:
soy flour in baked goods, veggie meat substitutes, tofu, soy milk, baby
food, diet and protein shakes, protein bars, chocolate, candy bars,
margarine, ice cream, salad dressings, soy sauce, lecithin, ... in up to
30,000 products! GE corn can be used in corn oil, corn sweeteners in soda
(even health food brands) and virtually all sweetened products, corn
starch, which is even in yogurt and aspirin, and corn meal products
including cereal and chips. Potatoes may also be GE.
Eat rennetless cheese. Several types of rennet are used for making cheese,
including GE versions called chymosin or chymax, as well as animal rennet.
The term "microbial enzyme" on a cheese package may refer to vegetable
rennet (a natural enzyme from a mold), but this term is also used for
genetically engineered rennet. "Vegetarian cheeses" may contain GE rennet
or vegetable rennet. You won't know for sure.
Cut down on all processed foods, since GE yeast, enzymes, and additives can
be used to produce bread, baby foods, sugar, fruit juices, beer and many
other processed foods. In baked goods, avoid "dough conditioner," a
mixture of genetically engineered enzymes and additives. Check with
manufacturers on health food supplements containing enzymes or soy
ingredients, which can be GE. Nutrasweet, used widely in soft drinks, is
made using genetic biotechnology.
Avoid dairy products from the US. They may contain rBST, a GE hormone
injected into cows to increase milk production. This hormone gives cows
mastitis, leading to higher levels of antibiotics and carcinogens (IGF-1)
in the milk. Avoid yellow crookneck squash from the US (used in baby
food), as GE versions contain virus genes. Tomato products from USA may be
GE, though the Flavr Savr tomato is off the market. After all the hype, it
did not prove viable. However, hundreds of other GE products are in
process of approval. And let your MP know that you want genetically
engineered foods labeled.
For more information, contact Campaign to Ban Genetic Engineering Foods,
Natural Law Party, 500 Wilbrod Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N2. Tel.
613-565-8517, or send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Wolfson, Ph.D. is Health Advisor to the Natural Law Party of Canada
Richard Wolfson, PhD
Campaign to Ban Genetically Engineered Food
Natural Law Party
500 Wilbrod Street
Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 6N2
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