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 no single 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.

· GMOs help us to address global climate change.

Learn about 10 Amazing GMOs, Why I Avoid Organic, Frankenfoods that are actually organic, and the basic science of GMOs.

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