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Those nasty genetically modified cans of Ragu keep me up at night

Saturday, March 22, 2008 Leave a Comment

Over at Spoonfed, I'm musing about genetically modified foods.

Specifically, about those things in my cupboards and freezer made with corn oil, or canola oil, or soy products. Dr. Oz (who everyone knows is the most trustworthy Doctor on the planet) had a guest on his XM radio show talking about genetically modified crops in the US, and how 90% of our packaged foods are made with genetically modified corn, canola or soy.

And like it or not, we're a nation of packaged food eaters. No one will admit to it, but just watch people in the check-out lines at King Soopers.

There's no regulation of genetically modified foods except for the Organic label. Organic means it's not genetically modified.

If you take a can of Ragu spaghetti sauce, for instance, you'll see it's made with canola oil. Pretty much a dead giveaway that it's made with genetically modified canola oil, although there's nothing in the U.S. that says it must be labeled as such (unlike Europe). Take a can of Ragu light, however, and it's made with olive oil. Olive oil is safe, it hasn't yet been genetically modified.

See, a little bit of knowledge can be dangerous. Enough to wake me up at 5 am. Anybody else worry about these things?