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Wonder if there are GMO foods in your alcoholic beverages?

on 13/10/12 at 2:51 pm

Booze News

“So I started thinking about the latest information and legislation about GMO foods and wondered about the exemption on alcoholic beverages in the proposed bill in CA.
“Californians set to vote on bill requiring labeling of genetically modified foods”

But not everything is covered. For example, milk and dairy products made from cows that are fed genetically modified food wouldn’t have to be labeled as containing such.

“Two other exemptions are for food that is served in restaurants in California and also there’s an exemption for alcoholic beverages,” Frank said. “Politics is always the art of the possible and it may be that the initiative proponents didn’t want to take on too many lobbies and business groups at one time.”

Then I started to really think about it. I’m not a drinker, it just doesn’t agree with me. But I thought of all the average people that do and figured there are a lot that wouldn’t even know about GMO in their food let alone their alcohol. So I ran another search and came to this.”

“GMO-Free Liquor? Not As Far As You Know”
So the TTB released the little bombshell below. Basically, you can’t put “GMO-free” or something similar on an alcoholic beverage label, even if the product is.

For the most part if you’re drinking anything made from corn in the US (all bourbon, some vodkas) you’re drinking genetically modified corn. Spirits from other crops too. In many (most? all?) export markets, however, you can’t use this. Thus many (all?) bourbons make a GMO-free version for export.

Because most of Four Roses bourbon is sold in Japan, however, their product is GMO-free, even in the US. However, distiller Jim Rutledge said he didn’t think there would be enough GMO-free corn left in a few years so things might change.

Now, does anything from the GMO crop pass through distillation? I don’t know; I’d guess probably not. But people may want to support non-GMO farming. It’s the same with organic booze – you probably can’t taste the difference, but you’re putting your support behind organic farming.