It’s great that people are migrating toward organic and natural foods, but sometimes they come with a false sense of security. The term “organic” is monitored by the FDA and requires certification, but “natural” and “all natural” aren’t regulated at all.
According to the USDA, 88% of corn and 94% of soybeans that are grown in America are genetically modified. In fact, Frito-Lay was recently sued for putting the “all natural” label on products that contain genetically modified corn. At that point, it’s hard to tell whether the company was deliberately lying, or whether they honestly thought that genetically modified corn could still be considered “natural.” Regardless, neither excuse is a good one, and it shows that someone needs to make sure these companies are sticking to their word.
Roughly forty other countries already require labels on genetically modified food. It’s impossible to say when America will be one of them, so it’s important to shop with caution in the meantime.