After discovering this morning that I had a bag of dried black beans in my pantry I had the ambitious idea to make a pot of non-GMO chile. Of course the first thing I had to do was check to see if I had everything I needed at home. It’s always a plus if I don’t have to go shopping!
Organic coconut oil for sautéing onion and celery – check.
Organic ground beef – check.
Organic tomato sauce – check.
Organic tomatoes – check.
Organic celery – check.
Onion – check (conventional onions are on the Clean 15 list).
Spices – check.
Uh-oh… tomato paste? Do I have it? Ah, here is a can. Hy-top brand, the store brand from Winco Foods. It is definitely not organic but does it come from GM tomatoes? Nothing I can read on the can will tell me. I decided to google “tomato paste + non-GMO”. What came up was a little blurb from a website in the UK.
Tomato paste can also be made from 6 or 7 varieties of tomato, so the only way to tell if your paste is completely GM-free is to go back to the source of the tomatoes and find out which types were planted in the first place.
Alternatively, you could just look at the packet – UK law says that all GM foods must be clearly labelled!
Guess what folks? Here in the US we don’t have the option to just “look at the packet” because our genetically modified foods don’t require a label. At this point, if I really want to be a purist, I have to get in the car and drive to a store where I know I can get organic tomato paste, thereby using gas and other valuable resources.
It shouldn’t be this difficult!