Lifestyle & Health Education

March 15 2021

GMO Agriculture Is the Opposite of Sustainable

Chances are you are already eating genetically engineered ingredients. Look at the labels on any of your packaged foods: ORGANIC Vegetable and Fruit Label codes start with a 9

In the bestseller, Foods That Fight Cancer: Preventing Cancer Through Diet,

written by Montreal biochemist, Richard Beliveau, with fellow scientist Denis Gingras,

the authors refer to fruits and vegetables as a preventative non-toxic version of chemotherapy


At least 35 species of fish are currently being genetically engineered around the world, including trout, catfish, tilapia, striped bass, flounder, and many species of salmon.

  • Although all major Canadian retailers have made a commitment to sustainable seafood, their products and definitions of “sustainable” vary, which can make consumer choices difficult.

  • GM Atlantic salmon is the world's first GM food animal. It is only being sold in Canada, but it is not labelled as genetically modified.

  • All genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon is farmed, and all Atlantic salmon is farmed salmon. There is no wild Atlantic salmon fishery because Atlantic salmon is an endangered species.

  • some SUSHI also uses GMO Salmon (in a shashimi line)


  • Some eggs are GMOs. Stick with organic eggs. Organic eggs are non-gmo by default

  • Milk is not genetically engineered, and neither are dairy cows. Most conventional milk comes from cows given supplemental feed from genetically engineered corn and soy. “Non-GMO milk” is shorthand for milk from cows that do not consume such feed — which is also true of organic milk.

  • Cereals and breakfast bars are very likely to include genetically modified ingredients, including soy and corn products.

  • Alfalfa. Much of commercially available alfalfa has been genetically modified to contain a gene that makes it resistant to the herbicide Roundup.

  • Many packaged breads and bakery items contain genetically modified ingredients, such as corn syrup.

  • Many frozen foods are highly processed. Look for organic or non-GMO labels.

  • Many soups and sauces are highly processed.

  • Choose pure olive and coconut oils. Choose preserves, jams and jellies made with cane sugar, not corn syrup.

  • Look for snacks made from organic wheat, rice, or oats and

  • Most juices, except papaya, are made from GMO-free fruit; however; the use of high fructose corn syrup in fruit juices is cause for concern. Many sodas and fruit beverages are mostly comprised of water and corn syrup. Look for 100% juice blends

“God (Nature, in my view) makes all things good; man meddles with them and they become evil. He fores one soil to yield the products of another, one tree to bear another's fruit. He confuses and confounds time, place, and natural conditions. He mutilates his dog, his horse, and his slave. He destroys and defaces all things; he loves all that is deformed and monstrous; he will have nothing as nature made it, not even himself, who must learn his paces like a saddle-horse, and be shaped to his master's taste like the trees in his garden.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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