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Table Talk: What are GMOs?

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Each week, The Huffington Post presents a compelling topic to spark discussion at your dinner table.

It’s likely you consume foods containing genetically modified organisms — GMOs — relatively often. But what are they? GMOs are tiny organisms whose genes have been altered by humans; GMO ingredients are often present in processed foods — and fruits and vegetables are sometimes genetically modified, too. (For a list of common genetically modified foods, click here.)

Some researchers believe that GMOs are unsafe to eat, although most studies show that they’re ok. But food manufacturers in America don’t have to notify people when GMOs are present — even though the New York Times reports that 93 percent of people polled actually want food wrappers to list GMOs.

Tonight, let’s talk about what we can all do to stay informed about the food we eat. For more information, check out the recent film “GMO OMG,” which shows one father’s journey to understand the role GMOs play in our lives.

Questions for discussion:

* How much do you already know about GMOs?

* What do you think are the pros and cons of GMOs?

* Do you think food manufacturers should have to tell people if there are GMOs in their food?

 

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