Tags

, , , , , , ,

Genetically Modified Food – GM Foods List and Information | Disabled-World.com

Information provided by Mavis Butcher – Published: 2009-09-22

Information on Genetically Modified (GM) foods including a list of GM foods with DNA changes and the pros and cons of GM food today.

GM Foods

Genetic modification of food is not new.

For centuries, food crops and animals have been altered through selective breeding. While genes can be transferred during selective breeding, the scope for exchanging genetic material is much wider using genetic engineering. In theory, genetic engineering allows genetic material to be transferred between any organism, including between plants and animals. For example, the gene from a fish that lives in very cold seas has been inserted into a strawberry, allowing the fruit to be frost-tolerant.

By far the most common genetically modified (GM) organisms are crop plants. But the technology has now been applied to almost all forms of life, from pets that glow under UV light to bacteria which form HIV blocking “living condoms” and from pigs bearing spinach genes to goats that produce spider silk.

When did genetically modified foods originate?

Between 1997 and 1999, gene-modified (GM) ingredients suddenly appeared in 2/3rds of all US processed foods. This food alteration was fueled by a single Supreme Court ruling. It allowed, for the first time, the patenting of life forms for commercialization. Since then thousands of applications for experimental GM organisms have been filed with the US Patent Office alone, and many more abroad.

The first commercially grown genetically modified whole food crop was the tomato (called Flavr Savr), which was made more resistant to rotting by Californian company Calgene. The tomatoes were released into the market in 1994 without any special labeling.

In February 1996, J. Sainsbury and Safeway Stores in the United Kingdom introduced Europe’s first genetically-modified food product. A variant of the Flavr Savr was used by Zeneca to produce tomato paste which was sold in Europe during the summer of 1996. Following GM crops included insect resistant cotton and herbicide-tolerant soybeans both of which were commercially available in 1996.

In 2003, countries that grew 99 % of the global transgenic crops were the United States (63 %), Argentina (21 %), Canada (6 %), Brazil (4 %), China (4 %), and South Africa (1 %) and today the Grocery Manufacturers of America estimate that 75 % of all processed foods in the U.S. contain a GM ingredient.

Between 1995 and 2005, the total surface area of land cultivated with GMOs had increased by a factor of 50, from 17,000 km² (4.2 million acres) to 900,000 km² (222 million acres), of which 55 percent were in Brazil.

In the US, by 2006 89 % of the planted area of soybeans, 83 % of cotton, and 61 % maize were genetically modified varieties.

Today many Gmod crops are grown in North America. India has also come aboard the bandwagon in 2002 with a rapid and continuing expansion of GM cotton varieties.

“Genetic engineering is inherently dangerous, because it greatly expands the scope for horizontal gene transfer and recombination, precisely the processes that create new viruses and bacteria that cause disease epidemics, and trigger cancer in cells.” - Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

Genetically Modified Food Debates

Genetically modified foods, or GM foods, are often mentioned in the news lately. European environmental organizations and public interest groups have been actively protesting against GM foods since they were first created, and recent controversial studies about the effects of genetically modified corn pollen on monarch butterfly caterpillars have brought the issues of genetic engineering plants and animals to the attention of the public.

The benefits of genetically modified food crops include being able to breed disease resistant crops and herbicide tolerant strains. Genetically modified crops can also be made to include vitamins that may be lacking in some staple varieties.

According to the UK Greenpeace website – The introduction of genetically modified (GM) food and crops has been a disaster. The science of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another was supposed to be a giant leap forward, but instead they pose a serious threat to biodiversity and our own health. In addition, the real reason for their development has not been to end world hunger but to increase the stranglehold multinational biotech companies already have on food production. And – The simple truth is, we don’t need GM technology in order to possess future food security. Using sustainable and organic farming methods will allow us to repair the damage done by industrial farming, reducing the excessive use of fertiliser, herbicides and other man-made chemicals, and making GM crops redundant.

Many scientists argue that there is more than enough food in the world and that the hunger crisis is caused by problems in food distribution and politics, not production, so people should not be offered food that may carry some degree of risk.

Activists are opposed to genetic engineering as with current recombinant technology there is no way to ensure that genetically modified organisms will remain under control, plus the use of this technology outside secure laboratory environments represents multiple unacceptable risks to both farmed and wild ecosystems.

In 1996, Brazil nut genes were spliced into soybeans by a company called Pioneer Hi-Bred. Some individuals, however, are so allergic to this nut, they go into anaphylactic shock (similar to a severe bee sting reaction) which can cause death.

Many opponents of current genetic engineering realize that the increasing use of GM in crops has caused a power shift in agriculture towards Biotechnology companies, which are gaining more control over the production chain of crops and food, and over the farmers that use their products, as well.

In 1989, dozens of Americans died and several thousands were afflicted and impaired by a genetically altered version of the food supplement – L-tryptophan. A settlement of $2 billion dollars was paid by Showa Denko, Japan’s third largest chemical company. (Mayeno and Gleich, 1994).

On August 18, 2006, American exports of rice to Europe were interrupted when much of the U.S. crop was confirmed to be contaminated with unapproved engineered genes, possibly due to accidental cross-pollination with conventional crops.

In 1998, 95-98 percent of about 10 km² planted with canola by Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser were found to contain Monsanto’s patented Roundup Ready gene although Schmeiser had never purchased seed from the Monsanto company. Monsanto then sued Schmeiser for piracy. In the past few years more and more crops have started to cross-pollinate which leaves a problem that is yet to be solved.

In 2005 Environmentalists say Australia faced “the most serious genetic  contamination event” in its history, after the West Australian government confirmed low levels of genetically modified canola had been found in non-GM canola. Also in 2005 a decade-long project to develop genetically modified peas with built-in pest-resistance has been abandoned after tests showed they caused allergic lung damage in mice.

“They’re now turning those seeds into intellectual property, so they have a virtual lock on the seeds upon which we all depend for our food and survival.” – Jeremy Rifkin

Genetically Modified Food Labels

In America, there’s no need for labeling and this has resulted in a largely uninformed populace that is ingesting “gene-altered” food.

In other parts of the world such as the European Union, Japan, Malaysia and Australia consumers demand labelling so they can exercise choice between foods that have genetically modified, conventional or organic origins. Since its implementation in April 2004, EU Regulation 1829/2003 (labeling of genetically modified food and feed) has caused both food and feed manufacturers in Europe as well as their overseas suppliers a great deal of concern.

All genetically modified foods intended for sale in Australia and New Zealand must undergo a safety evaluation by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), an independent government agency. FSANZ will not approve a GM food unless it is safe to eat. It is mandatory for GM foods to be identified on food labels in Australia and New Zealand. These requirements became law in December 2001 and were put in place by food ministers to assist consumers to purchase or avoid GM foods, depending on their own views and beliefs.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture says the industry faces huge losses if mandatory labelling is implemented. The fear is that consumers will see the labels as a warning and avoid these foods, and that food processors will reformulate their products to avoid GM foods rather than place labels. It also says labels will increase the price of foods produced and processed in Canada.

“The fact is, it is virtually impossible to even conceive of a testing procedure to assess the health effects of genetically engineered foods when introduced into the food chain, nor is there any valid nutritional or public interest reason for their introduction.” Richard Lacey: Professor of Food Safety, Leeds University.

List of genetically modified foods:

It’s virtually impossible to provide a complete list of genetically modified food (GM food) in the United States because there aren’t any laws for genetically modified crops!

Some estimates say as many as 30,000 different products on grocery store shelves are “modified.” That’s largely because many processed foods contain soy. Half of North America’s soy crop is genetically engineered!

Rapeseed – Resistance to certain pesticides and improved rapeseed cultivars to be free of erucic acid and glucosinolates. Gluconsinolates, which were found in rapeseed meal leftover from pressing, are toxic and had prevented the use of the meal in animal feed. In Canada, where “double-zero” rapeseed was developed, the crop was renamed “canola” (Canadian oil) to differentiate it from non-edible rapeseed.

HoneyHoney can be produced from GM crops. Some Canadian honey comes from bees collecting nectar from GM canola plants. This has shut down exports of Canadian honey to Europe.

Cotton – Resistant to certain pesticides – considered a food because the oil can be consumed. The introduction of genetically engineered cotton plants has had an unexpectedly effect on Chinese agriculture. The so-called Bt cotton plants that produce a chemical that kills the cotton bollworm have not only reduced the incidence of the pest in cotton fields, but also in neighboring fields of corn, soybeans, and other crops.

Rice – Genetically modified to contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Rice containing human genes is to be grown in the US. Rather than end up on dinner plates, the rice will make human proteins useful for treating infant diarrhoea in the developing world.

Soybean – Genetically modified to be resistant to herbicides – Soy foods including, soy beverages, tofu, soy oil, soy flour, lecithin. Other products may include breads, pastries, snack foods, baked products, fried products, edible oil products and special purpose foods.

Sugar cane – Made resistant to certain pesticides. A large percentage of sweeteners used in processed food actually comes from corn, not sugar cane or beets. Genetically modified sugar cane is regarded so badly by consumers at the present time that it could not be marketed successfully.

Tomatoes – Made for a longer shelf life and to prevent a substance that causes tomatoes to rot and degrade.

Corn – Resistant to certain pesticides – Corn oil, flour, sugar or syrup. May include snack foods, baked goods, fried foods, edible oil products, confectionery, special purpose foods, and soft drinks.

Sweet corn – genetically modified to produces its own insecticide. Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said that  thousands of tonnes of genetically engineered sweetcorn have made their way into the human food supply chain, even though the produce has been approved only for use in animal feed. Recently Monsanto, a biotechnology food producer, said that about half of the USA’s sweetcorn acreage has been planted with genetically modified seed this year.

Canola – Canola oil. May include edible oil products, fried foods, and baked products, snack foods.

Potatoes – (Atlantic, Russett Burbank, Russet Norkatah, and Shepody) – May include snack foods, processed potato products and other processed foods containing potatoes.

Flax – More and more food products contain flax oil and seed because of their excellent nutritional properties. No genetically modified flax is currently grown. An herbicide-resistant GM flax was introduced in 2001, but was soon taken off the market because European importers refused to buy it.

Papaya – The first virus resistant papayas were commercially grown in Hawaii in 1999. Transgenic papayas now cover about one thousand hectares, or three quarters of the total Hawaiian papaya crop. Monsanto, donated technology to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, for developing a papaya resistant to the ringspot virus in India.

Squash – (yellow crookneck) – Some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are also GM but they are not popular with farmers.

Red-hearted chicory – (radicchio) – Chicory (Cichorium intybus var. foliosum) is popular in some regions as a salad green, especially in France and Belgium. Scientists developed a genetically modified line of chicory containing a gene that makes it male sterile, simply facilitating the production of hybrid cultivars. Today there is no genetically modified chicory on the market.

Cotton seed oil - Cottonseed oil and linters. Products may include blended vegetable oils, fried foods, baked foods, snack foods, edible oil products, and smallgoods casings.

Tobacco -The company Vector has a GMO tobacco being sold under the brand of Quest® cigarettes in the U.S. It is engineered to produce low or no nicotine.

Meat – Meat and dairy products usually come from animals that have eaten GM feed.

Peas – Genetically modified (GM) peas created immune responses in mice, suggesting that they may also create serious allergic reactions in people. The peas had been inserted with a gene from kidney beans, which creates a protein that acts as a pesticide.

Vegetable Oil – Most generic vegetable oils and margarines used in restaurants and in processed foods in North America are made from soy, corn, canola, or cottonseed. Unless these oils specifically say “Non-GMO” or “Organic,” it is probably genetically modified.

Sugarbeets – May include any processed foods containing sugar.

Dairy Products – About 22 percent of cows in the U.S. are injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH).

Vitamins – Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is often made from corn, vitamin E is usually made from soy. Vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12 may be derived from GMOs as well as vitamin D and vitamin K may have “carriers” derived from GM corn sources, such as starch, glucose, and maltodextrin.

How can the public make informed decisions about genetically modified (GM) foods when there is so little information about its safety?

According to the FDA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are over 40 plant varieties that have completed all of the federal requirements for commercialization.

Future planned applications of GMOs are diverse and may include drugs in foods, for example, bananas that produce human vaccines against infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B, metabolically engineered fish that mature more quickly, fruit and nut trees that yield years earlier, and plants that produce new plastics with unique properties.

“History has many records of crimes against humanity, which were also justified by dominant commercial interests and governments of the day. Despite protests from citizens, social justice for the common good was eroded in favour of private profits. Today, patenting of life forms and the genetic engineering which it stimulates, is being justified on the grounds that it will benefit society, especially the poor, by providing better and more food and medicine. But in fact, by monopolising the ‘raw’ biological materials, the development of other options is deliberately blocked. Farmers therefore, become totally dependent on the corporations for seeds.” – Professor Wangari Mathai.

Disabled World – Genetically modified foods information including list of GM foods with dna changes and pros and cons of GM food: http://www.disabled-world.com/fitness/gm-foods.php#ixzz1zCYvhQnH
***********************************************

I just found this article, and the foods listed shocked me. Cheerios are GM food! This is another list of products everybody should boycott, just like the “Outsourcing,” list I posted last week, thanks to Lou Dobb’s and his fantastic coverage.

GM labeling on all food products is mandatory in Europe, but here in America consumer’s are left in the dark as to exactly what they are eating.

Here is the list of Genetically Modified Foods – get ready to clean out your pantry!

FOR A FULL LISTING OF NON-GM FOODS, the link is posted above for the Truefoodnow website. Prepare to blow chunks, this list is shocking. A few general observations: The availability of Non GM food vs. GM food is about 50/50. Most “brand name,” products and corporate giants genetically modify their foods. Most foods listed under the “non-genetically modified,” section are not well known and are not considered “mainstream.”

HUGE LIST OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED GROCERY FRANKENFOODS-

Posted By: neuamerica Saturday, 21-Feb-2004

Printable ~ The True Food Shoppers’ Guide to Avoiding GMOs

And ~ Supermarkets and GE Foods

Note: And I am sure there a so much more that is not covered here! The list grows almost daily, to be sure your not eating any GM foods, you must buy whole foods that are naturally grown/organic, grow your own garden or get involved with a community garden project. If you can’t do this, at least purchase your foods from your local Farmer’s Market/Organic Food Store or Co-Op fruit & vegetable shop!

The links provided are from the ORGANIC & NON-GMO REPORT – bookmark/print to keep handyalso be sure to check out The Non-GMO Sourcebook!

Resources for non-genetically modified foods

Advocacy organizations
Associations
Experts in Identity Preservation and non-GMO certification
GMO test kit manufacturers
GMO testing labs
Information resources
Natural food retailers
Non-GMO and organic seeds
Non-GMO Project participating companies
Organic certification organizations
Organic farming organizations
Organic/Natural food companies
Organic resource education programs
Sustainable agriculture certification programs

ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

European GMO-Free Regions Network, www.gmofree-euregions.net:8080/servlet/ae5Ogm?&cms=null&id_cms_doc=8
Food Freedom, http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com
Greenpeace, www.greenpeace.org.nz/gefarminfo/relinks.asp
GMO Awareness, http://www.gmoawareness.org
GMO-Free Portland, www.gmofreeportland.com
Institute for Responsible Technology, www.responsibletechnology.org/GMFree/Home/index.cfm
Organic Consumers Association, www.organicconsumers.org
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, www.psr.org/site/PageServer?pagename=oregon_home
Organic Seed Alliance, www.seedalliance.org
The Center for Food Safety, www.centerforfoodsafety.org
The Nature Institute, www.natureinstitute.org/gene/index.htm
Truefood Campaign-Greenpeace Australia Pacific www.truefood.org.au/

ASSOCIATIONS

Iowa Organic Association, www.iowaorganic.org
Midwest Shippers Association, www.mnshippers.com/index2.cfm
Missouri Organic Association, www.missouriorganic.org
National Farmers Organization, www.nfo.org/webpages/links.htm

EXPERTS IN IDENTITY PRESERVATION AND NON-GMO CERTIFICATION

United States
American Institute of Baking www.aibonline.org
Association of Seed Certifying Organizations (AOSCA) www.aosca.org
California Crop Improvement Association www.ccia.ucdavis.edu
Cert ID, Ltd., www.cert-id.com
CropVerifeye.com, www.cropverifeye.com
Eurofins/Genescan www.eurofinsus.com/gmotesting
Identity Preserved.com, www.identitypreserved.com
Indiana Crop Improvement Association www.indianacrop.org
Iowa Crop Improvement Association www.agron.iastate.edu/icia
Kansas Crop Improvement Association www.oznet.ksu.edu
Michigan Crop Improvement Association www.michcrop.com
Minnesota Crop Improvement Association www.mncia.org
Missouri Crop Improvement Association www.moseed.org
Non-GMO Project, www.nongmoproject.org
Ohio Seed Improvement Association www.ohseed.org
Oregon Department of Agriculture http://egov.oregon.gov/ODA/CID/identity_preserved.shtml
Asia
China Certification and Inspection Group www.ccic.com
Europe
SGS Netherlands www.sgs.com

GMO TESTING LABS

United States
Biogenetic Services, Inc., www.biogeneticservices.com
BioDiagnostics www.biodiagnostics.net
BioProfile Testing Laboratories www.bioprofilelabs.com
California Seed & Plant Lab, Inc., www.calspl.com
CII Laboratory Services, www.ciilab.com
Eurofins/Genescan www.eurofinsus.com/gmotesting
Genetic ID, www.genetic-id.com
Illinois Crop Improvement Association www.ilcrop.com
Investigen, Inc www.investigen.com
Indiana Crop Improvement Association www.indianacrop.org
Iowa State University Seed Laboratory www.seeds.iastate.edu/seedtest
Mid-West Seed Services, www.mwseed.com
North Dakota State Seed Department www.ndseed.com
NSF International www.nsf.org
OMIC USA, Inc. www.omicusa.com
Oregon Department of Agriculture http://egov.oregon.gov/ODA/LAB/gmo_test.shtml
Professional Seed Research www.psrcorn.com
SGS www.sgs.com
Silliker Laboratories, Inc. www.silliker.com
STA Labs www.stalabs.com
TNO institute Quality of Life www.tno.nl
Trilogy Analytical Laboratories www.trilogy.com
Woodson-Tenent Laboratories, www.wtlabs.com
Asia
Hong Kong DNA Chips www.dnachip.com.hk
Australia
The Gribbles Group www.gribbles.com.au/gmoTesting.htm
Canada

Biovet, Inc. www.biovet.ca
Europe
Identigen www.identigen.com
Leatherhead Food International www.lfra.co.uk/lfi/
MAICh www.maich.gr/resources/laboratories/gmo.html

GMO TEST KIT MANUFACTURERS

Agdia, www.agdia.com
EnviroLogix, Inc., www.envirologix.com
Investigen, Inc www.investigen.com
Neogen Corporation, www.neogen.com
Strategic Diagnostics, Inc., www.sdix.com

INFORMATION RESOURCES

GE Food Alert, www.gefoodalert.org/index.cfm
GeneWatch, www.gene-watch.org/index.html
GMO Free World, http://gmofreeworld.blogspot.com
GMO Journal, www.gmo-journal.com
GM Watch, www.gmwatch.org
Soyinfo Center, www.soyinfocenter.com
The Share Guide, www.shareguide.com

NATURAL FOOD RETAILERS

The Big Carrot, www.thebigcarrot.ca (please feel free to recommend Natural Food Retailers in your area under “comments”).

NON-GMO AND ORGANIC SEEDS

Hometown Seeds, www.hometownseeds.com

for more, check out my “Organic Propagation” page

NON-GMO PROJECT PARTICIPATING COMPANIES

Annie’s http://www.annies.com/
Annie’s Naturals http://www.anniesnaturals.com/
Berlin Natural Bakery http://www.berlinnaturalbakery.com,
Central Market Organics http://www.centralmarket.com/Company/Talk-to-us.aspx
Choice Organic Teas http://www.choiceorganicteas.com/
Drogheria Alimentaria http://www.drogheria.com/uk/frameuk.htm
Dave’s Gourmet http://www.davesgourmet.com/
Earth Balance http://www.earthbalancenatural.com/
Eden http://www.edenfoods.com/
Emerald Cove http://www.great-eastern-sun.com/
Emperor’s Kitchen http://www.great-eastern-sun.com/
Endangered Species Chocolate http://www.chocolatebar.com/
Enviro Kids http://www.envirokidz.com/
EO Products http://www.eoproducts.com/
Fantastic World Foods http://www.fantasticfoods.com/
Field Day http://www.fielddayproducts.com/
Follow Your Heart http://www.followyourheart.com/
Full of Life Products http://www.fulloflifefoods.com/
Grain Place Foods http://www.grainplacefoods.com/
Green Mountain Gringo http://www.greenmountaingringo.com/
Guayaki http://www.guayaki.com/
Haiku http://www.great-eastern-sun.com/
Kavali http://www.kavli.com/wps/wcm/connect/com
Kettle Foods http://www.kettlefoods.com/
Koyo http://www.koyofoods.com/about.html
Let’s Do http://www.edwardandsons.com/ldo_info.itml
Lundberg Family Farms http://www.lundberg.com/
Maria & Ricardo http://harbar.com/
Mary’s Gone Crackers http://www.marysgonecrackers.com/ns/intro2.php
Mary’s Little Garden http://www.sunsetproduce.com/
Mediterranean Organic http://www.mediterraneanorganic.com/
Meijer http://www.great-eastern-sun.com/
Miso Master http://www.great-eastern-sun.com/
Modesto Milling http://www.modestomilling.com/
Modesto WholeSoy Co http://modestowholesoyco.com/
Moosewood http://www.moosewoodrestaurant.com/index.html
Nancy’s Yogurt http://www.nancysyogurt.com/
Native Forest http://www.edwardandsons.com/native_info.itml
Nature’s Path http://www.naturespath.com/
New Chapter http://www.newchapter.com/
Nexcel Natural Ingredients http://www.nexcelfoods.com/
North Pacific http://www.north-pacific.com/
NuGo Nutrition http://www.nugonutrition.com/
Old Wessex http://www.oldwessex.com/
One Natural Experience http://www.onenaturalexperience.com/
One World http://www.great-eastern-sun.com/
Organic Classics http://www.organicclassics.com/
Organic Planet http://www.great-eastern-sun.com/
Organic Valley http://www.organicvalley.coop/
Pacific Natural Foods http://www.pacificfoods.com/
Pacific Northwest http://www.pnw.coop/
Pulmuone Wildwood http://www.pulmuonewildwood.com/
R.W. Garcia http://www.rwgarcia.com/
Rainbow Light http://www.rainbowlight.com/
Rapunzel http://www.rapunzel.com/
Real Foods http://blueberryfieldsinc.com/home.html
Rising Moon http://www.risingmoon.com/
San-J http://www.san-j.com/
Seven Stars Farm http://www.sevenstarsfarm.com/
SK Food http://www.skfood.com/
Stahlbush Island Farms http://www.stahlbush.com/
Stone Buhr Flour Company http://www.stone-buhr.com/index.php
Straus Family Creamery http://www.strausfamilycreamery.com/
Stubbs http://www.stubbsaustin.com/
SunRidge Farms https://www.sunridgefarms.com/
Sunset Mastronardi http://www.sunsetproduce.com/
Sushi Sonic http://www.great-eastern-sun.com/
Sweet Cloud http://www.great-eastern-sun.com/
Tofurky http://www.tofurky.com/
Traditional Medicinals http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/
Tumaro’s http://www.tumaros.com/
Twin City Foods http://www.twincityfoods.com/
VerTerra http://www.verterra.com/
White Mountain Foods http://www.whitemountainfoods.com/3205108_28296.htm
Whole Soy & Co. http://www.wholesoyco.com/
Woodstock Farms http://www.woodstock-farms.com/
Yummi Bears Organics http://yummibearsorganics.com/

ORGANIC CERTIFICATION ORGANIZATIONS

United States
California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) www.ccof.org
Global Organic Alliance, Inc. www.goa-online.org
International Certification Services, Inc. www.ics-intl.com
Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA) www.mosaorganic.org
Natural Food Certifiers www.nfccertification.com
Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association www.oeffa.com
Oregon Tilth www.tilth.org
Organic Certifiers www.organiccertifiers.com
Organic Crop Improvement Association International, Inc. www.ocia.org
Quality Assurance International www.qai-inc.com
Quality Certification Services www.qcsinfo.org
Asia/Australia
NASAA www.nasaa.com.au
Canada
Garantie Bio-Ecocert www.garantiebio-ecocert.com
OCCP/Pro-Cert Canada Inc. www.ocpro-certcanada.com
Organic Producers Association of Manitoba Cooperative Inc. www.opam.mb.ca
QCB Organic Inc. www.qcborganic.com
Europe
Soil Association www.soilassociation.org, www.soilassociation.org/gm
South America
Argencert SRL www.argencert.com.ar
Organización Internacional Agropecuaria (OIA) www.oia.com.ar

ORGANIC FARMING ORGANIZATIONS

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, www.carolinafarmstewards.org
Canadian Organic Growers, www.cog.ca/links.htm
International Federation of Organic Farming Movements (IFOAM), www.ifoam.org
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, www.oeffa.org/index.php
Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC), www.oacc.info
Organic Farming Research Foundation, www.ofrf.org/general/weblinks/index.html
Organic Materials Review Institute,
www.omri.org/OMRI_GMO_working.html
Soil Association,
www.soilassociation.org/sa/saweb.nsf/Resources/links.html
Saskatchewan Organic Directorate,
www.saskorganic.com/oapf/index.html

ORGANIC/NATURAL FOOD COMPANIES

BestLife International, www.bestlifeint.com/index.html
Hummingbird Wholesale, www.hummingbirdwholesale.com
Lundberg Family Farms, www.lundberg.com
My Family Farm www.myfamilyfarm.org/content/default.asp
The Good Food Network, www.thegoodfoodnetwork..co.uk
My Organic Family www.myorganicfamily.com
Nextgen Vending www.nextgenvending.com/partners.html
Nutiva, www.nutiva.com/about/gmo.php
Nutra Nuts, www.nutranuts.com/gmo.html
NutriFit Online, http://www.nutrifitonline.com
San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Company, www.herbspicetea.com
Stonyfield Farms, www.stonyfield.com/EarthActions/
whatyoucando/Sustainable_Agriculture.cfm

Nature’s Path Foods, www.naturespath.com/organics/resources

ORGANIC RESOURCE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

MBA in Sustainable Business-Marylhurst University, http://onlinedegrees.marylhurst.edu/sustainable_business/

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

Food Alliance, www.foodalliance.org/links.htm

As for your dairy, meats & poultry… support and eat “Free-Ranged Grass Fed” meats & dairy & poultry! Organic, wild game, home gown, etc.

Fish ~ be sure it’s sustainable! Look out for GM Salmon.

Sustainable Seafood ~
PDF download on fish to eat & fish to avoid ~ http://www.scribd.com/doc/94155024

 Also please visit websites for more information…

Here are some links to available~

For those living in the U.S./Canada… #1 site for Grass-fed food & facts. 

Eatwild.com - Your source for safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy and other wild edibles.

Another great site for grass fed beef/livestock
http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok

Related Links: