What's for Breakfast: GMOs

MISHAWAKA GMOs are a hot topic on the global scale. More consumers are asking questions about genetically modified organisms. The FDA says between 70-80% of food in the United States already contains gentically modified ingredients.

So how do GMOs affect consumers? In the grand scheme of things, they make some food cheaper. Modified organisms allow farmers to use fewer chemicals, like pesticides. They help keep production costs down, which means consumers pay less at the grocery store.

Area dietitian, June Brandner, sat down with 16 Morning News and shared some thoughts on the GMO debate.

"Cost is a barrier for a lot of people," said Brandner. "We want to be able to have a food supply that is reasonable for people to get the nutrients they need. And that can be an important thing, if we have crops that don't have any pest control, likely, we're not going to get the production we would if it were treated."

The FDA and the World Health Organization have deemed food that includes GMOs safe, but some researchers disagree. The Non-GMO project hopes to encourage more companies to label food that contains GMOs. According to their research, some GMOs contain toxins and allergens.

"The fact that we want to be aware of what we're eating, and especially when it regards allergens," said Brandner, "Perhaps the food has been modified in some way that may contain some sort of allergen that may not be readily known unless the food is labeled correctly."

To read their research, visit the Non-GMO Project website. Or visit the Facts about GMO website for more information about genetically modified organisms.

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