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Are there actually water products out there that are labeled nonGMO? I find that hard to believe.

A:Expert Answer

Companies in the past have labeled their water and water products as such, which is misleading to consumers.


Below is one example of a water product that has been labeled as non-GMO.



The Wall Street Journal published an article titled: Non GMO salt? Water? Food companies exploit GMO free labels, misleading customers, promoting misinformation which speaks on this topic as well,


“Numerous products–remarkably even including water–are being sold as GMO free or non GMO for no other reason that the label provides a marketing edge: consumers pay higher prices for a perceived value that in fact does not exist.”


It is not possible for water to be a GM product, as GM products (GMOs) are created through precision plant breeding using genetic engineering.


Through this process, plant breeders take a desirable trait (like resistance to drought, insects, weeds, and disease) from one plant or organism and transfer it to the plant they want to improve, as well as make a change to an existing trait in a plant they are developing.


GMOs are created to achieve a desired trait, such as resistance to an insect or improvement to the ripening process, in order to better meet a customer’s needs.


Today, there are only nine commercially available GMO crops in the U.S: soybeans, corn (field and sweet), canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets, summer squash, papaya and potatoes. GMO apples have also been approved to be grown and will be coming to market soon.

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