Buzzword: GMO

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are genetically engineered plants or animals. These organisms are injected with new gene combinations created using DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. These combinations do not naturally occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Best Bets for Non-GMO Eaters

SHOP FRESH PRODUCE: Many fruits and veggies are non-GMO; look for the Project Verified seal.

GO ORGANIC: Look for the USDA Organic seal; national standards prohibit GMOs from carrying this seal.

GET WILD: Wild-caught seafood and farmed oysters, mussels, and clams don’t eat GMO feed; some farmed fish do.

CHOOSE DRY GRAINS, BEANS, NUTS, AND SEEDS: Most are non-GMO, and these crunchy snacks are also great sources of fiber. [Source: Whole Foods Market]

55% of Americans admist they don’t know whether GMOs are good or bad for them. [Source: ORC International]