What do we think at Gluten Free Cookies?  We believe that we want things as close to nature when we source ingredients.  We don’t trust the research, as it is biased.  As a result, we play it safe and do our best to find and use as many non-GMO ingredients as possible.  The non-GMO ingredients we use are on average twice the price of GMO products.  There is a saying that if your grandmother did not know of it, don’t eat it.  Remember, my family eats these cookies all the time.  We would not give you anything we would not eat.  Want to learn more, read below.

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering (GE).  This is basically a new science that creates different combinations of plants, animals, bacteria and viral genes.  These new organisms do not occur naturally in nature.

To learn more about GMO’s, go to this video:

How do we all stay up-to-date knowing what foods have been created by man? Do we know if these man-made creations are safe?  Were these created with our health in mind or just the bottom line in profits for the manufacturer?  You can see research out there that is for and against.  I personally question the motivation of many of the studies.

In the United States alone, animal agriculture produces over 9 billion food-producing animals annually, and more than 95% of these animals consume feed containing GE ingredients and are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food.  Do we know the truth?

Many countries have banned GMO foods.  Up to 30 countries have banned GMO foods – some of them are Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg.  Recently Russia and China have banned the import of GE foods.  In fact, US farmers have lost more than $427 million in sales after China rejected the imports of US corn.  Russia has also imposed a ban on these products, stating that their country has enough resources to produce organic and sustainable foods.

Agricultural products are divided into two classifications:

1 – High-risk of being GMO because of commercial production

Sweet corn in genetic engineering laboratory, gmo food concept.
Sweet corn in genetic engineering laboratory, gmo food concept.
  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

2 – Monitored risk because of contamination with cross pollination

  • Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
  • Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, Siberian kale)
  • Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi)
  • Cucurbita (acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan)
  • Flax
  • Rice
  • Wheat
  • Potato

There are also ingredients included in other foods that can be derived from GMO foods such as the following:  amino acids, aspartame, ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, vitamin C, citric acid, sodium citrate, ethanol, flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), high-fructose corn syrup, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, lactic acid, maltodextrins, molasses, monosodium glutamate, sucrose, textured vegetable protein (TVP), xanthan gum, vitamins and yeast products.

At Gluten Free Cookies we try to be as careful as possible with GMO issues.