12 of your favorite foods that contain GMOs

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The Great GMO Foods Debate: Are They Safe? Are Consumers in the Dark About What's in Our Food?

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, comprise a large majority of the food much of the western world consumes on a daily basis. GMOs are defined by the Non-GMO project as "living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering." Though genetically modifying crops has become a commonly used practice to expand agriculture and promote increased food production, the implications of their use in the human body and environment are still, for the most part, unknown.

There isn't an easy answer for Americans wondering whether their groceries contain GMOs. The New York Times reported on the food industry's powerful lobbying ability to keep GMOs off of labels, as well as modified crops continuing to expand across the nation. The United States government has repeatedly defended food packaging from having GMO labels tacked on, with the latest vote by a senate committee to keep GMOs off labels set for Thursday. "I just wish I knew what is and isn't a GMO product," Zoë Lillian, 25, previously told Mic. "I am not necessarily for or against them, although superweeds and superbugs are pretty terrifying. As a consumer, I feel most strongly about increased visibility."

Read more: What Are GMOs? Here's What You Need to Know About Genetically Modified Organisms
12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
GMOs or no GMOs? That is the question.
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The practice has become a controversial and complex phenomena for several reasons. The use of genetically modified crops could eventually do away with the need for pesticides in food, provide rapid solutions for regions impacted by natural disasters and could even increase a crop's nutritional value. However, Harvard's Center for Health and the Global Environment notes there still confounding variables which can have negative effects on society.

While "pharma crops" made up of corn are sprouting up throughout the U.S., helping medicine manufacturers create an expanded supply for drugs, recent mistakes have caused those crops to be mixed with other corn crops meant for human consumption. These "pharma crops" could make it difficult to treat a person or animal with antibiotics if consumed, among a variety of other potentially disastrous implications, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Below are some of the most commonly modified foods provided by Global Healing Center, for those interested in knowing where GMOs are currently found as the fate of this practice continues to unfold:

Corn

12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
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Flax

12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
Flax rolls
Source: Matthew Mead/AP

Vegetable oil

12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
Source: TARA TODRAS-WHITEHILL/AP

Alfalfa

12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
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Canola oil

12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
Source: Lisa Poole/AP

Milk

12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
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Beef

12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
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Infant Formula

12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
Source: Ng Han Guan/AP

Ice Cream

12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
Source: KHALIL MAZRAAWI/Getty Images

Sausage

12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
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Tomatoes

12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
Source: The Washington Post/Getty Images
Squash
12 of Your Favorite Foods That Contain GMOs
Source: Matthew Mead/AP

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