Beyond Labels: 10 Things You Should Know About GMOs

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As the new federal guidlines for disclosure of bioengineered foods (in the form of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law) are expected to be announced soon, let’s take a look at what you really need to know about genetically modified organisms, genetically modified crops, and genetically modified foods.

Walk into any grocery store and you’ll see lots of different labels plastered across a variety of food packaging. And without additional information accompanying these labels (what does “all natural” actually mean?), they may cause more confusion than clarity, as well as increase the cost of a food product.

We know you have questions about GMOs – from the safety of GMOs, to why farmers and food companies use them, to what foods (or food ingredients) were developed using genetic engineering. In an article at the GMO Answers website, we break down 10 things you should know about GMOs so that you can decipher any non-GMO and GMO labels with ease.

  1. Yes, GMOs are safe
  2. There are only 10 GMO crops commercially available in the U.S.
  3. Most foods don’t have a GMO counterpart
  4. Genetic modification in crops is not new
  5. Improving a plant doesn’t automatically make it a GMO
  6. GMOs go through extensive research and testing before coming to market
  7. GMOs don’t cause allergies
  8. Farmers grow GMO crops for very specific reasons
  9. GMOs help protect our environment
  10. To make good food choices, get to know GMOs…No, really!

 

For more information about each of these facts, please visit the GMO Answers website. And follow us on Facebook and Twittter!