Food Labeling (Intro (What do these labels really mean (Are they worth…
What do these labels really mean
Are they worth paying extra for?
Will focus on method of production
Livestock, poultry cultivation
Method of production
Gluten, diary, nut-free
Vegan,Atkins, weight Watchers
Carbohydrates, Protein, Fat
Several different variations of the same food on the grocery shelf.
Found below signature line, usually under nutritional facts
Example: Quality Assurance international. California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
Products are not certified organic by FDA, but by third party certification agency
Only government regulated organic foods have a USDA organic seal. [Print a seal or put on an overhead]
Made with organic ingredients: 70% of ingredients must be organic and listed in ingredient list.
Increase of 8.4 percent over 2016
5% percent of total food sales in the U.S.
List of prohibited substances not used on land for at least 3 years prior
Products can only use an approved list on without the use of prohibited substances.
Grown with practices that “foster [the] cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity,”
Certified organic foods must be produced without GMO.
Consumer Reports survey found that over half of the adults surveyed sought out natural products.
Save some money buying natural
Accepted meaning: Nothing artificial or synthetic has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in that food.
Does not consider pesticides or production methods (gmo seed,etc.)
Increased pesticide and insecticide use
Resistant weeds and insects
Change in biodiversity through unintended cross-polination or cross breading
Unknown effect on epigenetics, change in gene expression
Non-GMO Project certification
It does NOT imply any other attributes of that product, such as what chemicals may have been applied to it during production.
Product made without genetically engineered ingredients.
Example crops and statistics
2003: 70–75% of all processed foods in the U.S. contained a GM ingredient.
2014: 94% of soybeans, 96% of cotton, 93% of corn were genetically modified varieties.
In U.S.: Corn, Soybean, Cotton, Canola, Sugarbeet, Alfalfa, Papaya, Squash
GMO: Genetically Modified Oragnism
Laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal.
Strategies to buy the most natural food and save money
Stategy I use to save money
Avoid of buy labeled version
High Pesticide produce
Strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, pears, cherries, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers and potatoes
Common GMO Produce
Corn, Soybean, Cotton, Canola, Sugarbeet, Alfalfa, Papaya, Squash
Buy all organic. Expensive.
Processed foods contain 75-80% contain GMO ingredients, usually corn and soy derived
Nothing can be assumed about the gmo and pesticides or practices used to produce the food.