The Future of Food – a documentary (very well done, visually wonderful to watch) about the history and context of genetically modified foods was my first real education on the subject. Anybody who eats food, should see this. Although created with the best of intentions to feed a hungry world, the GM dynasty that Monsanto (the company that has most patents on seeds, that have toxic chemicals intended to kill bugs that affect crops, but also affect you) has created is responsible for the loss of livelihood of many, many small farmers(Monsanto sues farmers that are found to have their patented crop growing in their fields – something that happens along the borders of farms due to wind, birds and squirrels that bring seeds from one side of a street, to another), the disappearance of biodiversity and the dependance on their seed companies every season as they create “suicide seeds” that fail to produce more than 1 crop.

We at Butter Beans avoid GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), and you can too, if you know what to look for.

There are eight genetically modified food crops:

  1. Soy
  2. Corn
  3. Cottonseed (used in vegetable cooking oils)
  4. Canola (canola oil)
  5. Sugar from sugar beets
  6. Hawaiian papaya
  7. Some varieties of zucchini
  8. Crookneck squash

Based on this list, anything containing soy or soy derivatives should be avoided, as well as anything containing corn, the most obvious ingredient being high fructose corn syrup.

The easiest way to avoid ending up with GM foods in your shopping cart is to do some pre-planning using the free non-GMO shopping guide, available at

The Institute for Responsible Technology has also created a free iPhone application that is available in the iTunes store. You can find it by searching for ShopNoGMO in the applications.

The shopping guide lists the various derivatives of each crop to be avoided, and even better, it lists hundreds of brand products in 22 food categories that are non-GMO, so if you’re still buying processed foods, at least you can easily select a brand that does not use genetically modified ingredients.

(Thank you Dr. Mercola for the above links!)

Big corporations often do what’s best for their bottom line. If enough people stop buying foods with genetically modified ingredients, they’ll have to stop making them. It’s the time-tested rule of supply and demand. We can demand real food three times a day, every time we shop, every time we eat.