People who depend on soy milk, tofu and veggie burgers as staples of their vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diets get good news nearly every day about the healthful benefits of eating a low-fat diet that’s rich in plant foods and antioxidants.
Now here’s the bad news: If you don’t know where and how all those soybeans are grown and processed, you could be eating a lower quality product that relies on cheap imported food, contains genetically modified (GM or GMO) soybeans and is not certified Organic.
Yes, its true, just as you need to know where your meat, produce and dairy comes from — you need to run a background check on your soy products. The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin advocacy for small farmers, coops and organic and better quality foods, can help.
In 2009, Cornucopia rated tofu and other soy-based foods, giving the highest marks to those that are owned by families or farmers; buy mostly or exclusively organic soybeans; produce a high percentage of products that are certified Organic; buy mainly or exclusively non-GMO soybeans; buy North American-grown soybeans (or grow their own).