GMO means plants or animals whose cells have been inserted with a gene from an unrelated species in order to change its original characteristics. For example, a certain plant may be genetically modified to make it more resistant to disease, or increase its reproduction, or perhaps increase the nutritional value. Due to the unknown long-term effect of GMOs, opponents to GMOs are asking food companies to avoid using them. The most common genetically modified plants are corn, cotton, soybean, and canola. Corn is used in 90% of food production. It is important to note that GMOs are prohibited in organic food production and distribution.
Some companies are moving away from GMO ingredients, and may advertise using the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. For more information about GMOs, visit the Non-GMO Project’s Website.