You Should Know

June 2012 Issue

The Push to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

If you consume soy-containing products—ubiquitous on supermarket shelves—chances are you’ve eaten foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), also known as genetically engineered (GE.) According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, about 80 percent of foods in the U.S. contain GMOs, such as corn and soy ingredients. Currently, there is no way you can know due to lack of required food labeling. However, consumers increasingly feel they have a right to know what is in the food they eat—particularly when it comes to GMOs; in a 2012 survey by the consumer research company The Mellman Group, 91 percent favored labeling.

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