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Lack of Labeling Leads to Sale of Genetically Modified Food


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Lack of Labeling Leads to Sale of Genetically Modified Food

Due to a lack of labeling, many consumers are unaware that they are purchasing genetically modified foods, believing them to be organic. By definition, organic food cannot contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, but according to the Los Angeles Times, even organic grocer Whole Foods Market has been known to stock its shelves with such products.

Activists wearing hazmat suits recently protested at outside a Chicago Whole Foods location against the sale of products containing GMOs, which are featured in top organic and natural food products such as Tofutti, Kashi and Boca Burgers.

"FDA [Food and Drug Administration] has the scientific and nutrition expertise to establish food labeling and to assess food safety," said Ab Basu, the Biotechnology Industry Organization's acting executive vice president for food and agriculture to The L.A. Times."You can look at the FDA website and see that if the corn is substantially equivalent to corn produced conventionally, there is no reason to label it as being any different."

According to Medical News Today, 93 percent of all canola seeds, 86 percent of corn and 93 percent of soy planted in the U.S. is genetically modified - making up 75 percent of all processed foods in the country.