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Connie Diekman


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Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, LD, FADA is a Nutrition Communications Consultant and Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Former President of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Diekman is a former media spokesperson for the Academy and was the voice of the “Eating Right” minute which aired daily on WBBM radio in Chicago.

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Q: List of ingredients that have become nonvegetarian after being genetically engineered. for a vegetarian, which foods do I have to buy gmo-free? i can not eat foods that have genes from animals inserted in them. thank you

Answered By Connie Diekman - Jul 12, 2018

A: The good news is that no genetically modified food has animal genes in it. There are currently only 10 crops that are developed with GM technology, they are - alfalfa, apples, canola, corn (field and sweet), cotton, papaya, potatoes, soybeans, squash and sugar beets. Alfalfa and feed corn are often fed to animals but all studies of dairy, eggs and milk from these animals has never found any indication of the GM feed, in other words, the animal digests that crop in the same manner as any other crop.  Community Manager Comment: The GM salmon was recently approved by the FDA and is the fi [...]

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