Are you eating cloned food without knowing it?

Did you know the FDA does not require labels on most products made with genetically engineered plants or meat and milk from cloned animals?

Why? The agency says meat and milk from cow, pig, and goat clones and the offspring of any animal clones are as safe as the food we eat every day.

Okay, maybe that’s true, but it still creeps me out. I want to know if something is cloned and make my own decision, thank you very much.

But wait, there’s more…

Genetically modified versions of corn, soybeans, and canola are widely sold in the U.S., according to the USDA. About 60 percent of processed food out there has genetically modified ingredients.

Then there’s the whole Frankenfish/super salmon thing. The fish is genetically engineered to grow twice as fast as normal salmon. If it’s approved, it could be in grocery stores by 2012.

What to do? If you don’t want to eat cloned or genetically modified foods, buy organic. And don’t buy processed foods. Be careful with labels that claim a product is “GMO (genetically modified organisms)-free.” It may not be. The only label backed by independent verification and testing says, “Non-GMO Project Verified.” That label comes from a nonprofit group backed by food manufacturers, farmers, and retailers.

You can see a list of verified GMO-free products here. And check out the phone app here – it has a list of the brands and products enrolled in the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program.


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