Greensboro, NC -- So how do you know if you're eating Genetically Modified food also known as Genetically Modified Organism? Well, alot of times, you don't.
It's estimated as much as 80 percent of the processed food you eat contains at least one genetically modified ingredient. Things like salad dressing, bread, cereal, crackers and cookies may be GM foods. You won't know if they are by simply looking at the ingredients.
But more companies who make non-modified foods are looking for ways to ensure you know their food is not part of the 80%. The signs on the boxes may be hard to spot, but Whole Foods is making it really clear. And not just in signage either. Whole Foods gives tours to point out the non-GMOs.
Jarrett Oliveri, marketing director for the store on Friendly Avenue in Greensboro, says, "We're big on transparency so we're doing our best to educate our customers about what GMOs are and how they can identify them in the products they're buying."
State legislatures around the nation are looking at making some sort of GMO mark mandatory. Shopper Leah Parks likes the idea. She says, "I would rather know what's in my food."
North Carolina lawmakers have had this on their radar. A bill to label GMO food didn't make it far in 2011.
The only fresh food that is genetically modified is sweet corn, squash and papaya from Hawaii. You can spot it by looking at the PLU sticker if it has an 8 in front of the numbers.
For more information on GMOs:
The Non-GMO Project
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Non-GMO Shopping Guide
Monsanto Defends GMOs