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