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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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Nikki Franklin

That really sucks about the soup. I usually make a meal out of pouring a can of soup over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes. Easiest meal ever! Also it feeds more than 2 people when you add stuff.

October 29 2014 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stringalingus

I work with dairy farmers, organic and not. Many have field crops too. There is no doubt that the choice they made to go organic was based on the bottom line market price. The requirements to qualify for 'organic' are so minimal they are almost a joke. And of course they are government regs and we all know how that goes. And if you've seen some of the farms that call themselves organic.....well let me just say that you might not look at your cereal bowl quite the same. This trend toward the consumption of unpasteurised milk has got to be one of the stupidest ideas ever.

September 18 2014 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lrkenn

For Glenn Josef Cone It is too early to tell and there are no tests to find out where people got cancer from that I know of..... GMO is relatively new it takes 20 plus years to detect cancer in ur body

May 18 2014 at 10:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Nikki Franklin

GMO's have been around since 1986. But you are right about cancer, it's been around since the existence of humanity. What we put in out body does change our body chemistry think allergies; If pregnant, deformities/abnormalities (both dormant and manifested). Also We are not consuming a proper diet. There are many minerals missing from out diets and both too little and too much of anything we are supposed to have is bad. Science doesn't have everything right regarding our diets and unfortunately people have to die before someone will provide money to study what we are supposed to "naturally" know.

October 29 2014 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Wainwright

"Prop 37, a California ballot measure to mandate GMO labeling, failed at the polls in 2012"

No. It is called electronic vote machine fraud.

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/114412/Hacking_Democracy__Full_Length/

"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."

May 01 2014 at 11:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wgalison

The only one of these I would have to give up would be tofu, but fortunately, despite soy being the main ingredient in Tofu, MANY brands of tofu do not use GMO soy - because the makers know that tofu consumers are more discriminating than Captain Crunch consumers - and are not significantly more expensive:

April 27 2014 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Glenn Josef Cone

Fun fact: Nobody has ever gotten cancer from eating GMOs

March 24 2014 at 9:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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wgalison

Respectfully, how the hell would you know?

April 27 2014 at 11:42 PM Report abuse +1 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
ROSEMARY

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
salma.na

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