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Do These Anti-GMO Shoppers Even Know What GMOs Are?


Earlier this year,  late-night host Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera crew to Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles to find out if exercisers could explain what gluten is. The result was pretty humorous.

This month, Kimmel sent a camera crew to some Los Angeles farmers markets to ask: “What’s a GMO?” It’s both funny (and perhaps a tiny bit scary) that not one of the people interviewed is able to give a fully correct answer. Watch the video for a laugh/cry:

Since you’re reading LIVESTRONG.COM, you almost certainly know that GMOs are genetically modified organisms. Whether or not to consume GMOs is an important question that faces everyone today who is concerned with healthy living.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as of 2012, 93 percent of soy grown in the United States was genetically modified. The rest of the world is taking GMOs seriously. As of October 2013, at least 26 countries -- including Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, India, Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia and Switzerland -- had total or partial bans on GMOs.
In a 2013 New York Times poll, 93 percent of respondents said that foods containing GMO ingredients should be identified, and 75 percent of Americans expressed concern about genetically modified organisms in their food.

October is the Non-GMO Project's Non-GMO month. It’s a great time to challenge yourself to see if you can go a day or a week without consuming any GMOs.

Here are some recent pieces we have published about GMOs:
6 Reasons to Avoid GMOs
9 Easy Food Swaps to Avoid GMOs in Your Pantry

– Jess

Readers -- Did you know what GMOs were before reading this piece?  What are your thoughts on GMOs? Do you eat GMO foods or do you avoid them?  Did reading this piece get you to reconsider your viewpoint?  Was there any new information that you had not yet heard?  Leave a comment below and let us know. We want to hear what you think!

Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of farmers markets, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. In the summer of 2012, Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a new fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY and mixed martial arts. Jess's writing can also be found at She has appeared on MSNBC's The MostABC News Now and XM satellite radio , and her writing has appeared on and Yahoo.

Follow Jess on Twitter @jessdandy. Also, you can add her on Google+ and follow her on Pinterest.

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