A whopping 94 percent of soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. Choosing certified organic soy used to ensure that it was also GMO-free—but since testing isn’t mandatory, some soy could contain GMOs. That’s because genetically engineered crops can accidentally cross-pollinate with organic ones if the two varieties are gown in close proximity. Pollen from a GE crop can blow into the field of an organic crop and potentially intermingle with the organic crops’ reproductive system, causing the GE DNA to get into the organic crops’ DNA. “But in general, we know the risk of contamination to organic foods is significantly lower than to conventional foods. Organics are a good place to look to avoid GMOs, but consumers should still look for certified non-GMO products when possible,” says Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit, third-party verification and labeling for non-GMO foods.
The best option? Families should choose soy foods that are organic and certified GMO-free. You can take action against GMOs by supporting Just Label It, a campaign to advocate for the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Reprinted from KIWI Magazine