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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) – plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These modifications cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.


  • 80% of all commercially available food has GMOs! (especially forms of corn or soy)

  • Currently, the following crops are considered at high risk for containing GMOs: alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, papaya, soy, sugar beets, zucchini and yellow squash.


Genetic Modification (GM) is dangerous and radical technology.  Supporters of genetic modification say that the technology is simply an extension of traditional plant breeding. The reality is that genetic engineering is radically different(1). Traditional plant breeders work with plants of the same or related species to create new plant varieties. Genetic engineers break down nature’s genetic barriers by allowing transfers of genes from bacteria, viruses, and even animals—with unforeseen consequences. Scientists have no idea where the genes go. This can disrupt the functioning of other genes and create novel proteins that have never been in the food supply and could create toxins and allergens in foods

Pro-GMO corporations spread mis-information:

  • They put out misinformation about how “It’s OK” saying GMO plants are “feeding the world populations” (e.g., more rice per plant). This isn’t true, especially when rain is scarce.

  • Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide itself. (2)

Can Organic Food contain GMOs? “Fully organic” can NOT contain GMOs. But, there are levels of organic:

  • OG1 → 100% organic = no GMOs

  • OG2 → Certified Organic / USDA Organic = typically 95% GMO free

  • OG3 → “Made with Organic” = 70% GMO free. Can have GMOs in 30%

  • Best to look for the “Non-GMO Project” label

(1)  (2)

YES Product Labeling

91% of people want to know if food has GMOs

Even Consumer Reports has joined the fight to get products labeled (see their interview on CBS News at

Currently brands are not required to “label” GMO ingredients.

  • Many states are lobbying to get STATE regulation to require GMO Labeling. (See ** below)

  • The wealthy Biotech Industry is fighting against labeling and claiming that GMOs are perfectly safe. They are getting funding through some large companies, like Nestle, Coca-Cola, etc. (see posters on state initiatives at the bottom of this page)

Steps We’re Taking at TSM
We strive to have no GMO food in our store:

  • We check ingredient lists and call companies on products that are not labeled “No-GMOs”

  • We remove the product if the company cannot ensure their ingredients are non-GMOs

We remove products from “affiliates” of large corporations who are anti-labeling (ex: Honest Tea – owned by Coca-Cola) and replace them with brands that support GMO labeling.

We share this consumer education information about “No GMO” and  “YES Product Labeling” on our website and on our Facebook page “Town Square Market.”


Inform Yourself

Here are several ways to get more information:


Colorado #92 and Oregon #105

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