A commonly proposed solution to counteract companies such as Monsanto, as well as to improving your health through diet, is to stop purchasing foods with chemical additives and GMO ingredients from companies that are against GMO labeling and banning. Yet, labels are sometimes misleading, with large marketing slogans such as “All Natural”, while ingredients lists are often printed in tiny text and sometimes difficult to locate.
Furthermore, considering the numerous buyouts in the food industry that have take place over the last couple of decades, it is difficult to really know which brands are owned by which companies. Organic brands should be a safe option, but certain organic brands are actually owned by companies that back Monsanto’s anti-GMO labeling initiatives. This makes non-GMO shopping a challenge.
To help with this endeavor, here is a list of apps that may help you more easily assess which foods are healthy, especially if you’re trying to avoid certain ingredients such as GMOs, gluten, food colorings and other chemical additives. They may also help you to learn which brands to support and which to stop buying, especially if you want to stop supporting any Big Food company that is against-GMO labeling. And if don’t own a smartphone, then check out this list of companies that support Monsanto, and remember that buying living organic foods is always a safe option.
Designed to support consumer’s right to know what is in our food and to help in avoiding GMOs, this app features a list of the brands and products that have been verified through the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program. The list of Non-GMO Project brands and products in this guide is searchable by product type, brand name, product name, and key word. In addition, use it to find Supporting Retailers in your area that can help you with your non-GMO shopping. This app is free.
Buycott allows you to stay loyal to the companies you want to support with your shopping cash. It enables you to look up the ownership structure of any product and trace it all the way back to its parent company. It also offers a variety of contact data for companies and brands, so you can easily inform them of your decision to support or avoid their products. This app is free.
The Food Ambassador by ipiit will guide you in the jungle of food products. ipiit is a free service and it will provide you with the right product information according to your preferences and interests. The app currently connects to a constantly growing product database with 300 000+ US food products. The app requires you to create an account to save your preferences, favorite products and access your information from anywhere. This app is free.
Check the codes on fruit and vegetables to make sure you are getting what you pay for. Fruit Checker uses PLU codes to tell you if the item is organic, conventionally grown, exactly what variety it is, and even – sometimes – where it was grown, and if it is genetically modified. The Fruit Checker costs $0.99.
NxtNutrio helps unsuspecting shoppers spot the numerous chemicals, additives, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and flavor enhancers such as MSG, autolyzed yeast extract etc. hidden in many brand name foods. It gives specific information about each ingredient listed on the package, explains exactly what the ingredients are and how they can affect one’s health. This app costs $2.99.
6. GMO Checker
GMO Checker helps you find which products fit your diet and lifestyle by quickly identifying products that are organic, vegan, gluten free and GMO free. This app uses a simple search function, which returns results with a color-coded key that tells you whether the product contains ingredients from the category list. GMO Checker costs $3.99.
Fully searchable, this application lets you quickly and easily access the general information of 450+ food additives (self contained database, so no internet connection needed!). It’s perfect for those with food allergies, or following a restricted diet. This app costs $3.99.
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