So what exactly are genetically modified organisms?
GMOs are plants or animals that have undergone a process wherein scientists alter their genes with DNA from different species of living organisms, bacteria, or viruses to get desired traits such as resistance to disease or tolerance of pesticides.

How to avoid buying GMO products.

The current crops that are genetically modified are soycorncanolasugar beetscotton,Hawaiian papaya some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash and alfalfa (which is fed to cattle and not us). Here are some tips to cut GMOs out of your diet.

    • Buy USDA Organic, especially when purchasing the current GMO crops. Organic foods are grown from seeds that are not genetically modified.
    • Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. For more information about the Non-GMO Project, see here.
    • Since most corn and soy are GMO, choose organic or a brand that sources their items to be free of GMOs when you eat these foods. This includes sweet corn, corn tortillas, corn oil, corn chips, tofu, edamame, soy milk, and baby formula.
    • Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are another source of GMOs. Cane sugar is not genetically engineered, so when you do have sugar, choose cane. However, processed sugar is not good for us anyway; therefore, it would be best to cut it out as much as you can.
  • Most Hawaiian papaya and some yellow crookneck squashzucchini, and are all genetically modified. Buy these foods organic. You can also try your local farmer’s market. All Trader Joe’s produce is sourced to be free of GMOs, so you can also buy these veggies there if you have a store nearby. You will notice that Trader Joe’s sells Caribbean papaya and not Hawaiian, which is one of the ways they avoid selling GMOs.

*Information provided by Huffington Post 7/9/2013 article