Snacks and dining out were actually the hardest part of getting started with the October Unprocessed and non-GMO month challenge
Nearly halfway into October and I think I’m getting the hang of this.
Reading the ingredients labels is the most time-consuming part of this exercise, but even that doesn’t take long. Especially since “natural and artificial flavors” is almost always at the end of the list. If I find that, I know it’s not included this month.
October is National Non-GMO Month, but the truth is, most people don’t know what a GMO is, much less why we wouldn’t want to consume them. The folks at Nature’s Path created an infographic for Non-GMO Month to explain a bit about what GMOs are and some of the major issues surrounding genetically modified organisms in our food system.
GMOs are found in many breakfast cereals labeled “natural”, including popular brands like Barbara’s, Kashi, and Mother’s.
The Cornucopia Institute tested a wide variety of breakfast cereals for genetically engineered ingredients. What they found is surprising. Even long-time respected natural brands contain 25%-100% GMOs.
October is No GMO Month, but with all of the high fructose corn syrup-sweetened candy out there for Halloween, it’s a tough time to cut out the GMOs!
Heather mentioned on Saturday that October is Non-GMO month and she has pledged to not eat GMOs (or processed foods) for the whole month. Good luck to you, Heather!
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is participating in Non-GMO month too, of course. It had a great intro to the month, that first starts with some highlights (and lowlights) of the year so far and then predicts how October is going to change things up. Also, Food & Water Watch has just released a big report on GMOs.
My first weekend avoiding both processed food and genetically modified ingredients turned out to be a little more difficult than I anticipated. Avoiding one or the other wouldn’t have been so hard, but both at once proved challenging.
This month is October Unprocessed – a month where I pledge to eat nothing but unprocessed food.