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The FDA says companies can label foods on their own to say they are or aren’t GM, provided they keep it truthful. But that puts an added burden on farmers to plant, harvest, and ship GM crops separately from non-GM crops. That creates extra cost, which is passed along to the consumer.

Food companies like Nature’s Path and Gerber baby food choose to use non-GM ingredients. The fast food chain Chipotle removed GM foods from its menu. Whole Foods Market promises to label all GM products at its U.S. and Canadian stores by 2018.

The bottom line: If you live (and eat) in the U.S., unless it’s otherwise stated -- or it’s certified organic -- it’s a safe bet that your food is GM. Makers who don’t use GM ingredients clearly say so on labels.

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