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 Australia’s first GE canola harvest – Greenpeace

 

Australia currently has limited labelling laws for genetically modified (GM) foods. That’s where the Truefood Guide comes in handy. The Guide rates food brands and products as Green (non-GM), Orange (phasing out GM ingredients) and Red (may contain GM ingredients).

This year, we’ve released a Kids Edition of the Truefood Guide. Hundreds of worried parents have contacted us over the years to find out which brands to feed their baby or put into school lunchboxes if they want to steer clear of GM, so we decided it was time to release a special guide listing food marketed at kids.

The new guide makes it easy to avoid GM foods. Check out how your favourite family snacks rate by scrolling through the guide here on the right.

2011 True Food Guide Kids

Take Action, Be Involved

Whether you’re pushing a shopping trolley down an aisle or holding a banner in a march, there are a bunch of ways to get involved to promote GE-free food in Australia.

This section gives you some pointers on how to take action.

As a member of the True Food Network, you’ll also receive a monthly email with ways to take action, such as signing a petition or attending a True Food event.

But you can do something right now:

» Email the PM and tell her you won’t swallow GM bread
» Ask a food company to go GE-free
» Email a politician
» Talk to your local media
» Shop responsibly
» Distribute the Truefood Guide in your local area. Email support.au@greenpeace.orgPlease specify the number of guides you’d like us to send along with your postal address and where you plan to distribute the guides.

Also known as genetic modification or manipulation (GM), genetic engineering is a form of biotechnology that allows scientists to move genes between different species. Using various laboratory techniques, scientists can create life forms that could not occur naturally.

Genes are small lengths of DNA, the living blueprint of life found in the cells of all living things. Genetic engineers use viruses, bacteria and a device called a “gene gun” to randomly move genes from one organism into another.

In the genetic engineering of food, these techniques are used to make crop plants grow differently. The resulting life forms are often known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Currently, genetic engineering is mainly used to produce two types of crops.

  1. Herbicide-tolerant crops: these are genetically engineered to resist herbicide farmers spray on the crop to kill weeds and represent 80% of GE crops.
  2. Bt crops: these are genetically engineered to produce their own pesticide to kill certain insect pests and represent 20% of GE crops.
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