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What are some common myths about GMOs?

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Many people have misconceptions and questions about GMOs, leading them to believe many myths.


Farm Babe Michelle Miller, outlined some of the top myths about GMOs and debunks these in one of her blog posts.


“Myth #1: Farmers are forced to grow GMOs.


No, we aren’t forced to. No, the government doesn’t pay us to. We grow them because we want to and they help us, you, and the planet. Since the inception of certain GMO crops, insecticide spray is down 85 percent, while overall pesticide spray is down 37 percent, crop yields are up on average 21 percent. If farmers can produce more crops on less land while using fewer inputs, less pesticides, fuel, etc. we are going to jump on it. Please allow us to do our jobs.


Myth #2: They aren’t safe, and aren’t well tested.


BLATANTLY FALSE. GMOs are the most regulated and tested crops in plant breeding history and are proven safe by nearly every major food safety authority in the world. There is no peer-reviewed evidence that show GMOs are harmful, but there is peer reviewed evidence that they are safe, and this evidence can be found in the links here. These facts just cannot be denied.”


Read all the 8 myths she debunks in her post here.


An article from December 2016, which appeared in the Wilmington (OH) News Journal, also addressed some of the most common myths about GMOs.


“Emily Adams, Ohio State University Extension Educator in Coshocton County, talked with moderator David Marrison of Ashtabula County Extension about the “Myths of GMOs” and tried to set the record straight on issues such as yield, production costs and pesticide use.


Regarding consumers, Adams said, “The more questions we can ask back of people asking us questions about GMOs, the better we can understand what their real concerns are. Because we may think they are concerned about health or safety, and then throw them all kinds of facts that show that no studies or research out there has concluded that there are any adverse health effects of GMOs. The research has been well established over the last two decades, but sometimes that is not what they want to hear.”


Read the full article here.


Consumers often have many questions about GMOs, which could lead them to believing myths about GMOs. Read some of the Top 10 Consumer Questions About GMOs.


Lastly, consumers often believe many myths about agriculture in general, as well as about GMOs. Explore this article to find out the 17 Myths About Agriculture in 2017.