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.
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:
» 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 [email protected]Please 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.
- Herbicide-tolerant crops: these are genetically engineered to resist herbicide farmers spray on the crop to kill weeds and represent 80% of GE crops.
- Bt crops: these are genetically engineered to produce their own pesticide to kill certain insect pests and represent 20% of GE crops.
- What is genetic engineering (GE)?
- How does it differ from cross-breeding or other forms of biotechnology?
- Which foods are currently genetically engineered?
- Who is behind GE foods?
- Are GE crops grown in Australia?
- How do GE crops affect the environment?
- What are the health concerns?
- Are GE crops good for farmers?
- Will GE crops feed the world?
- Are GE foods labelled?
- What is organic food?
- Why is animal feed important?
- Does GE food have any health benefits?