In 1994 the first genetically modified food (a tomato) joined other foods sold in supermarkets. I’ve been reading about the risks of eating so much genetically modified food over the years, but nothing to make me sit up and take notice. Until recently, there haven’t been any requirements in the U.S. for genetically modified food to be identified. Last May, Vermont became the first state to require labeling of GMO foods, which will take effect in 2016, and several other states are in the process of passing the same measures. You might be interested to learn that GMO labeling is required in 64 countries, but not the U.S.
A Rutgers survey showed that 3 out of 4 Americans would like GMO foods to be clearly labeled even though 54% admitted knowing very little about the GMO technology. At this stage GMO technology is primarily used in plants and crops. It is not yet used in animals, although the animals might be eating genetically modified feed.