What Are GMOs?

What are GMOs?

Organisms created in a laboratory from genes of one species that are spliced and forcibly inserted into the DNA of another species (also called genetic engineering, or GEs).

How common are GMOs?

It is estimated that GMOs are now present in more than 80% of packaged products in the average U.S. or Canadian grocery store.

I shop at the Park Slope Food Coop so I’m safe, right?

No. There are GMOs present in many of the Park Slope Food Coop’s offerings. However recent positive changes will begin to provide members with the tools they need to make informed decisions. Read our latest news here.

Are GMOs safe?

In 30 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all European Union countries, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe.

Could GMOs be in my food without my knowing?

In the U.S., the FDA has approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the biotech companies who created them and profit from their sale. There are no laws that state GMO ingredients must be labeled.

Yes, they could be in your food.

See Non-GMO shopping tips for suggestions to help you avoid them.

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