GMO-Free Shopping

GMO-Free Shopping

Hi everyone! I’ll be adding to this page on a regular basis each time I find a way to make buying Organic and Non-GMO foods more affordable.  Any resource that will help you locate a store, or product as well as links to sites with coupons.  Anything related to making S.O.L.E. (Sustainable, Organic, Local, Ethical) non-GMO foods more affordable and easier to find will be listed here as I find them. If you find a helpful resource feel free to email me and I’ll include that link and information so others can benefit from it.

  • Are you on a tight budget, but would like to start buying organic foods?  Here is a link that lists several places to get coupons for organic foods.  This list is located on a website called The Thrifty Mama.  Click HERE for the list of Organic Printable Coupons.  And if you notice her essential oils tab, come back here and learn about those same Young Living oils from me, instead. 🙂 Yes, shameless plug. 🙂 Another great place to start if you desire to make changes, but your budget is restricting you.  Follow the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 list.  This list shows the 15 produce items that are safe to buy conventional and the 12 that should be purchased organic.  It’s a great first step to get you started on your Real Food/GMO-Free Journey!
  • How about saving even more money and buying local, sustainable organic produce, dairy, eggs, and poultry?  Consider joining a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, which delivers a box loaded with local, organic vegetables to your doorstep on a regular basis for a minimal cost. Learn more about CSAs by clicking here, then find a CSA in your area on this website. Go to the “What are you looking for?” box on the upper right side of the main page and click on CSA.
  • Which organic brands to purchase/support: Click HERE and Visit the GMO Awareness Blog- this site is a WEALTH of information!
  • Which brands to not support (click HERE) or purchase based on the fact that many on this list donated millions of dollars to oppose California’s GMO Labeling Proposition 37. When you buy organic from these companies, you money goes back to that corporation that is trying to ensure that we NEVER pass laws to have our food labeled so that we can know which items contain GMOs and which don’t.  It’s a long list, but instead of getting too overwhelmed simply focus on the smaller family-owned organic farms and companies from the list above and vote with your dollar by supporting them!
  • This website helps you find local co ops, CSAs, local farms and Farmer’s Markets- you name it, this site is a wealth of information pertaining to real food and real farmers for your community.  Visit Local Harvest for more info.
  • Are you on a budget?  I know we are.  3 consecutive years of unemployment have hit our household and losing 80% of our regular income has been quite frustrating and kind of scary.  Here is a great article about eating organic on a budget.  Visit THIS link for the organic on a budget article.
  •  100 Days of Real Food is an amazing blog about a family of four that cut out all processed foods from their diet for 100 days.  She does it during Farmers Market season and she blogs about the entire adventure.  She even has 100 days of Real Food on a Budget.  She feeds her family of four on $125.00 a week for 100 days.  Click HERE to see how.
  • Also, when you get a chance, like Robyn O’Brien’s facebook page.  She is a voice of reason when it comes to educating yourself on the evils of GMOs.  You can learn about how she learned about them HERE.
  • Interested in learning more about the organic brands offered at your local grocery stores and doing some comparison-shopping for the best price.  This site also has other very helpful resources! Click HERE.
  • 20 Quick Resources to Find Local Food, Farms, Markets, Stands, Co-ops and more:  Activist
  • Maybe you don’t really want to go 100% organic, but you’re interested in finding products that don’t contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)  NonGMO Project is an amazing website and is full of helpful information.
  • Does all this talk about GMOs and Real Food overwhelm you a bit?  Read my article for tips and advice on how to start slow and ensure success on your Real Food Journey.
  • Are you looking for a way to locate natural food co-ops and organic grocery sellers in your area?  If so, search HERE.  If you are interested in finding online retailers, visit my good friend over at for a list of those retailers.
  • Looking for some ideas and tips on Real Food for Real People?  Check out this super helpful eBook by my friend at Butter Believer.

Don’t forget to check out the other great resources from the Institute for Responsible Technology, AND from the NON-GMO Project.  This link HERE will help you find participating NON-GMO Project Retailers!

How to find GMOs on a food/nutrition information label:

Here is a list of the typical Genetically Modified ingredients in foods:

  • Aspartame
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Sodium Ascorbate
  • Canola Oil
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Citric Acid
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Ethanol
  • Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”)
  • Fructose
  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable/Animal/Plant Protein
  • Lactic Acid
  • Maltodextrin
  • Modified Food Starch
  • Molasses
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Sucrose
  • Soy Oil
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Soy Lecthin
  • Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Whey protein
  • Whey protein concentrate
  • Whey protein isolate
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Yeast Extract  (another name for MSG)

Once I got started on eliminating GMOs from my kitchen, I began to research eliminating them from my household.  For more information on that, please read my article on GMO-Free Living  and my article titled GMOs for Newbies.

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  • Mr. Amun

    I have a question about the safety of non-GMO textured vegetable proteins. From my research, if the protein source is non-gmo, then it should be safe for human consumption, correct? I’ve yet to read a study condemning soy for instance that used non-gmo soy for the data. I’m a life-long student, so please advise. Thanx!

    • Kristine Cocchiarella

      Technically, if it is non-GMO it’s a much better option, but TVP is so highly processed, and it is still typically made of soy, which unless fermented should not be eaten frequently. I’m not 100% certain, so please share any information you find to the contrary, but I believe that when you highly process soy, it ends up turning into something our bodies don’t recognize as food, and I think it releases some of the components of unfermented soy that many thought-leaders are stating as the reasons behind why we should avoid soy/unfermented soy to begin with. Check out Dr. Kaayla Daniel, she has a lot of great info on Soy.

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