Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food are concern for a number of consumers who are worried about the impact that GMOs may have on their health. As a result, many companies in the late 1990s began to apply the GMO free label, indicating that their food does not contain genetically modified organisms. A number of nations legislate labeling, and in Europe, food must be labeled to indicate whether or not it contains GMOs. In the United States, however, GMO free labeling is purely voluntary and not regulated by any governmental body or organization.
Since it is not regulated, there has been some question about the validity of the GMO free label in the US. A number of organizations have pressured the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), to enact legislation governing food labeling in regards to GMOs. Many food activists want a label that is standardized, so that consumers who are concerned about this issue can be assured about the GMO content of products they purchase.
Most US consumers have foods containing GMOs in their home. The majority of corn and soybeans grown in the US have been modified, as have several other crops. Some research indicates that many processed foods contain GMO ingredients, so for consumers who are concerned about this issue, GMO free labeling would be helpful.
One way to avoid gentically engineered food is to buy organic. But buying Certified Organic produce and products at your local supermarket can be both expensive and limiting, especially when they don't carry what you want or need. Fortunately, options are available and they're closer to you than you think! You might try going to Local Food Suppliers such as CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and Local Farmers Markets.