CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – In a recent survey only 28 percent of Americans were aware of GMOs. But what is a GMO, and how can we avoid them? 22News Registered Dietitian Nancy Dell shared more about these genetically modified organisms.
What is a GMO?
GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. These are in foods that have lab-replicated genes added from other plants, animals or viruses in order to give the food a new property such as improved resistance to insects, heat, or drought.
The FDA is now considering approval of a salmon bred with DNA to grow to full size twice as fast as wild salmon. Foods with GMOs are so common that unless the food says “non-GMO” chances are it does contain GMOs.
For example, ninety-one percent of soy and 85 percent of corn grown in the US is genetically modified and then used in packaged foods like soups, crackers, and even baby formula. The FDA says genetically modified food has the same nutrition, taste and look the same as the conventional food. Critics say “so what” if they appear the same and that more research needs to be done to see if GMOs effect human health. In the meantime, GMOs should be labeled. Japan, Australia and Europe have severely restricted genetically modified crops but the US is not on board yet.
Avoid the 8 Top Foods with GMOs
Soy, corn, canola, cottonseed, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini, summer squash
Buy Organic – You can buy organic foods since they can not intentionally have GMOs.
Buy Trader Joe’s Brand or Whole Food’s brand – Two food brands who have banned GMOs
Check list at www.nongmoshopping.com