Has has anyone suggested that the citric acid powder used as an activator must be Food grade Non-GMO?. I suspect all of us here on the forum know all the horrors of Monsanto.
For the record I bought from PGL and mineral-solutions.
Do I need to be concerned? What do you guys think?
Some resellers of MMS are declaring there citric acid as organic and non-GMO.
I found this quote on line and it provided some some relief. "We’re concerned with the source organism itself and not the substrate. A substrate of commodity corn is acceptable.”
According to http://www.non-gmoreport.com/article...n_organic.php:
Citric acid and enzymes
Citric acid, used widely as a preservative in organic foods, is another problem. Citric acid is commonly derived from a fungus, Aspergillus Niger, which may be GM. The fungus is combined with a substrate made from commodity corn, which could also be GM. However, Baker says only the fungus raises GMO concerns because the corn substrate is removed. “We’re concerned with the source organism itself and not the substrate. A substrate of commodity corn is acceptable.”
Enzymes present a similar challenge because they are often produced from GM microorganisms. Enzymes are used in food processing to convert starch to sugar, clarify fruit juice, or clot milk protein to make cheese. The GM microorganism is removed during food processing.
Baker says cultures used in dairy production, such as lactobacillus, are also increasingly derived from GM sources.
Organic certifiers require that organic food processors use enzymes derived from non-GM microorganisms.
I contacted Mineral-solutions and this was their response:
Hi Victor, "food grade" is the grade (as opposed to technical grade, reagent grade, pharmaceutical grade etc).
As for the Citric, I don't think that kind of data is given on MSDS sheets since it's a chemical rather than a food complex. That is to say it either is Citric acid or it isn't (from a molecular structure point of view), whereas a plant is a combination of many chemicals, enzymes, etc and has DNA which a chemical does not, so even if it was derivated from a GMO plant source, there are no genetics in citric acid.
We include citric free in the kit, but if you're unsure about it then citric acid is available very cheaply in supermarkets. It's usually found near salt, baking powder etc