[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdwaEg6HLVU&eurl=]YouTube - Top 6 Ways to Identify & Avoid Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)[/ame]
HOW TO AVOID GMO FOODS:
1. Look at the stickers on fruit - there is a PLU code with either 4 or 5 numbers. If your fruit's label has 4 numbers, it is conventionally grown. 5 numbers starting with a 9 means it was organically grown, and 5 numbers starting with an 8 means GMO.
2. Buy local & talk to your farmers - this is the best way to ensure you're eating real foods. It's estimated that up to 85% of pre-packaged and processed foods contain GMOs, so buying fresh from the farm is a great way to avoid that.
3. Avoid the Top Four GMO Crops of Soy, Corn, Canola and Cottonseed. Replacing these with 100% extra virgin olive oil is a safe alternative.
4. Encourage your favorite food providers to label their food GMO-free. We don't need the government to force companies to label their foods, and we're seeing more and more that we as consumers have tremendous power, and if enough of us ask for GMO-free labels, and support the companies that use them, we'll see a huge increase in labeling. And we're already starting to see this.
Get to know the companies that are labeling their foods GMO-free.
5. Buy Organically Grown Food - For now, the organic certification process is a relatively safe bet to ensure your food is free of GMOs, although this may not be the case in the future. Help support global sustainability by purchasing certified organically grown food.
6. Conventional Sugar - Over 90% of this year's sugar beet harvest will be Monsanto's GM Roundup-Ready Sugar Beet. That means if you are using sugar, or eating anything with sugar in it, you're eating GMOs. Alternatives to sugar are listed here.
7. Grow your own food - Plant a garden using heirloom seeds!
Top 6 Ways to Identify & Avoid GMO Foods | bytestyle.tv
IRISH RETAILERS WHICH SELL GM FOOD:
Most Irish retailers still sell non-organic Irish and foreign meat and dairy produce from livestock that have been fed on animal feed contaminated with GM ingredients including GM soya, GM maize gluten, and GM oilseed rape. A giant loophole in EU law enables such produce to be sold without a GM label. Moreover, hotels and restaurants can sell food cooked in GM oil without informing their customers.
Unlike the UK, most Irish retailers do not have a policy to exclude GM ingredients. Marks & Spencers is the exception, with an excellent policy to avoid GM ingredients in its own-brand food and also to avoid selling fresh meat and dairy produce from animals that have been fed a GM diet.
For a list of Irish companies that sell GM food go here:
Most of us are eating GMO foods without even knowing it.
Non-GMO shopping guide (this is an American guide but may still be helpful)