Non-GMO Tips

Eliminate GMOs from your diet and combine your purchasing power with that of other health-conscious consumers.
pic1$pend your food dollars on healthy non-GMO brands! Buying non-GMO not only impacts your own and your family’s health concerns, it also influences the buying decisions of food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Food manufacturers worldwide have switched to non-GM ingredients in response to consumers demanding they make a change or lose customers.

Visit the Non-GMO Shopping Guide website to help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs. Look for products (including organic products) that feature the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal to be sure that at-risk ingredients have been tested for GMO content.

Download the Non-GMO Shopping Guide brochure and keep it with you whenever you shop:

  • Store it inside your reusable shopping bag
  • Put it into your coupon holder or check book
  • Leave it in your car

Order the Non-GMO Shopping Guide brochure in bulk and give it to you family and friends.

Remember the four simple tips to avoid GMOs:

Tip #1: Buy Organic
Organic producers cannot intentionally use GMOs.
pic2Tip #2: Look for “Non-GMO” Verified Seals


Tip #3: Avoid At-Risk Ingredients
If it’s not labeled organic, or doesn’t have a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, then avoid processed food products ingredients made with these GM crops: Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed and Beet sugar.


  • Corn flour, meal, oil, starch, gluten, and syrups
  • Sweeteners such as fructose, dextrose, and glucose
  • Modified food starch*



  • Soy flour, lecithin, protein, isolate, and isoflavone
  • Vegetable oil* and vegetable protein*

Canola Canola oil (also called rapeseed oil)
Cotton Cottonseed oil
Sugar Avoid anything not listed as 100% cane sugar since GM beet sugar recently entered the food supply. To avoid it, look for organic and non-GMO sweeteners, candy and chocolate made with 100% cane sugar, evaporated cane juice or organic sugar.
Aspartame The artificial sweetener also known as NutraSweet and Equal, which is derived from GM microorganisms.

Become familiar with our list of invisible GM ingredients.

Also, more than 50% of Hawaiian papaya is GM, and a small amount of zucchini and yellow squash.
Tip #4: Download our Shopping Guides Use either IRT’s new Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure or redesigned Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you identify and avoid GM foods. We devote an entire page in each guide to help you uncover hidden GM ingredients on food labels that often read more like a chemical periodic table. If you have an iPhone, download our ShopNoGMO guide for free from the iTunes store.
Other resources: To learn more about eating non-GMO in restaurants. Find local sources of organic food and GM-free meats. Avoid Aspartame in non-food items.  Find sources of non-GMO seeds.