10 Foods You'll Have to Give Up to Avoid Eating GMOs

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About 20 years ago, a company now owned by Monsanto (MON) introduced the Flavr Savr tomato -- the first genetically modified organism approved for consumption in the United States. Since then, farmers across the country have been using more and more GMOs every year.

It's a practice that has come under increasingly intense scrutiny. Activists who are worried about the potential for human health problems, as well as environmental damage, have started demanding that food containing GMOs be labeled as such.

Prop 37, a California ballot measure to mandate GMO labeling, failed at the polls in 2012, and a similar measure lost last month in Washington state. In both campaigns, the largest makers of GMOs -- Monsanto, DuPont (DD), and Dow Chemical (DOW) -- provided the ad funding that helped turn the tide.

But what many people don't realize is that they've been consuming products with GMO ingredients for years.

The Institute for Responsible Technology has a brochure breaking down GMO presence in many different types of foods. Here are 10 of the most popular foods that likely contain GMOs.

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Glenn Josef Cone

Fun fact: Nobody has ever gotten cancer from eating GMOs

March 24 2014 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy Mullins

One day a guy/gay said lets try putting salt on pork/beef and the next thing they ate it months later and the lived to the ripe old ages for their time. Maybe that should be our time also. Stop trying to live so long and enjoy the life you have.

March 09 2014 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Buy Organic foods, though a little pricey, organic is worth the cost..With increase market demand the price will drop as the organic demand spreads, in the long run saving medical expense and most importantly being healthier. Save our future for children and grand children, GMO's will destroy the ecology.

February 26 2014 at 8:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary Johnson

GMO food is no good, not any of it, All you good little liberals keep eating it and keep believing what your honest government tells you because they wouldnt lie, Would they

January 18 2014 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WRONG u dont have to have a bigger bill. JUST MAKE UR OWN from scratch! i make my own bread.. pita bread is the easiest and my favorite, and i only use whole grain flour, water, baking soda and some vinegar or lemon juice instead of the natural sourdough.. but also u can use natural sourdough.. we dont need al the yucky ingredients! u can make all .

November 23 2013 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hunt and shoot my venison (deer and elk), buy a side or whole beef from a trusted farm, don't eat much fish but catch most of what I do eat, and buy produce from local growers and farmers markets. Who cares....eat what you want. God bless America

November 23 2013 at 5:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

there is also a salmon that was approved made by a company named aquabounty i believe and there is also the arctic apple hitting shelves soon and beware of flax too

November 23 2013 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to bingboy13905's comment

Salmon....the other pink meat

November 23 2013 at 5:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please vote with your dollars and buy Organic and if there is none then non-GMO. Organic is best because it avoids synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, sewage sludge, irradiation and GMOs! That's a lot. We never buy anything from General Mills, Kraft, or Kellogg's... even their organic brands.

November 23 2013 at 1:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Jim Cooper

But in fact organic crops also use pesticides and herbicides: just different ones, and they are actually more toxic and more likely to contain E col. MO crops use fewer pesticides and herbicides and have been found to be completely safe in hundreds of peer reviewed studies. There are no reputable studies showing GM crops are harmful. http://bit.ly/1es7pPi

November 25 2013 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy Mullins

Sewage sludge, who **** in you corn flakes. All the natural **** comes from someone's/species **** it is called organic. Suck on Plutonium. Dumbass

March 09 2014 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff TwoOvens Rutaba

Supply and demand, buy NOW. The only way to cahnge a manufacturer to using non gmo in it's products is cinsumer demand. Act now, save money and eat well later.

November 23 2013 at 10:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jeff TwoOvens Rutaba

Who uses AOL anymore? LOL

November 23 2013 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jeff TwoOvens Rutaba's comment

but head!

January 28 2014 at 8:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply