[Editor’s note: James Cooper holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Ohio State University.]
So what does that mean for oyster crackers [to be Non-GMO] that only contain 7 ingredients. … Let’s stipulate upfront that “GMO” is a breeding process for making plants with particular traits. “GMO” is not an ingredient.
Let’s take a look at the ingredients in these excellent crackers:
- Wheat – there is no GMO wheat on the market.
- Salt – Nope
- Water – Nope
- Baking soda – Nope
- Yeast – Nope…
Sugar comes from either sugar cane or sugar beets. Much of the sugar beet crops grown in the northern US are bred to resist herbicides like glyphosate, to reduce the need for plowing and weeding.
The label “GMO sugar” is what we call an anti-marketing label. It is used to scare you away, when there is just nothing there to be scared of. Fear-based marketing is fundamentally dishonest; this is a prime example of anti-GMO hooey!
[A]s for the oil, herbicide resistant versions of canola plants were developed by mutation breeding and natural selection.
[T]here is a good chance that every canola plant in North America may be resistant to these herbicides and thus, by the lights of the idiotic Non GMO Project, a “GMO plant.” So basically all canola oil in North America is GM. And who cares? There is no protein, no DNA in canola oil so it doesn’t matter.
It’s just another anti-marketing label.
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