February 2013 Issue

Update: GMOs in Foods

GMOs—ingredients that have been genetically altered—are everywhere, from fast food to frozen yogurt, but are they safe? EN answers your top questions.

If you were fed infant formula as a baby, or have eaten fast food, breakfast cereal, margarine, frozen yogurt or artificial sweetener, chances are that you’ve consumed genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) GMOs are ubiquitous in the food supply—present in 75 to 80 percent of processed foods in the U.S., according to the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association. Most recently, GMOs received national attention after the defeat of California’s Proposition 37 (California’s Right To Know Genetically Engineered Foods Act,) which would have required labeling for all foods containing GMO ingredients. As it remains, GMOs are not required to be listed on food labels in the U.S. and Canada, yet many consumers, health advocates and environmentalists have raised concerns over their use in the food supply.

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