Wellness In-Depth: What to Know About GMOs

Few food-policy debates in recent years have been as rancorous as that over genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—also known as GM or GMO foods, genetically engineered (GE) foods, or “bioengineered” foods. Critics have another term for them: “Frankenfoods.” Unless you buy only organic products or those verified by the Non-GMO Project (more on these below), you’ve […]

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