“GMO” stands for genetically modified organism. GMOs are used for a variety of purposes, such as to produce , , or . GMO Answers is focused on GM crops for agriculture. Currently, less than 10 GM crops are commercially available, including field and sweet corn, alfalfa, canola, cotton, soybeans, sugar beets, papayas and some summer squash. GMOs are not ingredients or processed foods. Rather ingredients in the foods you eat may be made using one or more GM crops or processes. In terms of fresh produce, only a handful of crops are available as GM varieties in the fresh produce section of your grocery store, including some sweet corn, papayas and summer squash.
QHow many G.M.O.s do we eat daily? not just processed foods
Question submitted By: katelynmount_FFAHow many G.M.O.s do we eat daily? not just processed foods
Posted on February 28, 2018
Response from: Leah McGrath, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist • on August 13, 2018
Some companies do voluntarily have statements that products have ingredients sourced from crops grown from genetically engineered seeds. Some examples are statements like, “Produced with genetic engineering” or “Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering” that appear under the list of ingredients. Read More
How is a transgenic organism or GMO created?How is genetic engineering different from traditional agricultural breeding?With an ever-increasing global population, will transgenic organisms help increase carrying capacity or are there a greater...
Posted on July 4, 2018
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on July 30, 2018
Thank you for your questions, we will address each question separately below. How is a transgenic organism or GMO created? When people refer to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), they are referring to precision plant breeding using genetic engineering. It allows plant breeders to 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... Read More
Posted on July 30, 2018
Response from: Christopher Barbey, PhD Student, Plant Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology • on July 27, 2018
Genetic engineering (GE) touches on the routine life of billions of people (but not everyone). Food, clothes, and medicine are commonly made with the help of genetically engineered organisms. Certain medicines, like insulin, could only be mass-produced this way. Fiber for clothes is made less expensive thanks to GE cotton plants. You also PROBABLY sometimes eat plants with a few engineered genes, depending on where you live. But genetic engineering isn’t just for making new or better... Read More