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Genetically Engineered Foods

Genetically engineered food has been increasingly in the news lately because of a national debate about the labeling of GMO foods and ingredients.  Many other nations either require the labeling of such food products or have banned the use of these crops all-together. So what does the term genetically engineered or genetically modified mean?  These crops have been produced from organisms that have had specific changes made to their DNA structure in order to introduce or control traits in a food’s genetic structure.  Usually, these crops have been engineered to resist pests and pathogens and yield higher harvests, specifically for in-demand cash crops like corn and soybeans.   The best way to avoid genetically engineered foods is to purchase items that are labeled organic or have a certified non-GMO label.  Or do your research before you shop to find brands that you feel comfortable feeding to your family.