Here's your food for thought this week brought to you by: Goldfish.
What is the typical go-to snack for preschools, daycares, VBS, camps, church nurseries, birthday parties? Goldfish. And it drives me crazy.
If you have been around me for at least two seconds, you know I'm big on ingredient labels.
Don’t be fooled by the smiling fish and huge buzzwords on the front of the box touting "real cheese."
I get the whole convenience factor. As moms, we want an easy snack option, but at what cost?
"Partially produced with Genetic Engineering."
This is what stood out to me. I am not comfortable with genetic engineering (different from hybridization), so for fear of assuming incorrectly, I reached out to Pepperidge Farms to see what exactly this seemingly insignificant statement at the bottom of the ingredient label actually means.
Thank you for getting in touch with us about food ingredients derived with the help of genetically modified organisms, also called GMOs.
In America many farmers who grow canola, corn, soybeans and sugar beets choose to use genetically modified seeds and have done so for nearly twenty years because it reduces costs and improves yields. More than 90% of these four crops in America are currently grown using genetically modified seeds. These crops are used to make a wide range of different ingredients that are used in foods we eat every day, ranging from vegetable oils to sugar.
We continue to believe that food from crops which may be genetically modified are safe. Science shows that they are not nutritionally different to other foods and these crops play an important role in feeding the world. We will continue to use these ingredients so our food remains affordable for all Americans. For a list of ingredients from GM crops we use visit whatsinmyfood.com.
Pepperidge Farm is part of the Campbell family of brands. We recently made an announcement regarding labeling products that may contain ingredients made from genetically modified crops. We are calling for national legislation that creates a single, mandatory labeling standard for foods that contain ingredients from GMO crops. We are also supporting a national standard for non-GMO claims made on food packaging.
We are seeking this national approach because we believe people have the right to know how their food is grown and made. Today, the overwhelming majority of Americans support the labeling of GMO foods and we are more than happy to provide them with this information. We also believe that the current patchwork of state-by-state labeling laws are incomplete, impractical and create unnecessary confusion for consumers.
Are you comfortable with that answer? I can only answer for me and my family and the answer is "no."
GMO ingredients in original Goldfish include GMO Sugar Beets (sugar) and Canola (Vegetable Oil).
My solution: Apples, oranges, bananas, carrots, cucumbers, berries, hummus. Aka real food closest to its natural state.