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Simple Guide to GMOs
· GMOs are regulated by USDA, EPA, and FDA.
· Transgenic (adding a gene from another species) modification produces just one type of GMO. Other GMO production methods include radiation & chemical mutagenesis, turning genes “off”, adding genes from another variety of the same crop (sub-species), and traditional selective breeding.
· Any of the above crop production methods can produce a crop that is tolerant of herbicides such as atrazine, glyphosate, etc.
· There is nosingle definition of a “GMO”- many genes have been modified in many crops for many different reasons.
· Organic does not mean chemical or pesticide free.
· Organic pesticides often need to be applied more frequently than their synthetic counterparts
· Organic pesticides can pose the same health risks as nonorganic ones.
· No crop is risk free. Organic crops pose the same risks as non-organic.
· Over 2,000 independently funded studies, over 30 years of data and millions of data points, plus every single scientific body in the world say GMOs are safe.
· Farmers do not “save seeds” from year to year.
· GMO crops are not the only crops patented. Crop patenting goes back to the 1930s. Organic crops are patented too.
· GMOs protect farmers, reduce pollution and carbon emissions.