The health and safety of GMOs is a major topic of conversation. Learn about GMO regulation, safety testing and the scientific and governmental bodies that have affirmed the safety of GM crops and foods.
Extensively Researched and Studied
Before they reach the market, crops from GM seeds are studied extensively to make sure they are safe for people, animals and the environment. Today’s GM products are the most researched and tested agricultural products in history.
Precise Understanding of Plants
When creating a GMO, researchers copy specific genetic information from one plant or organism and introduce it into another to improve or enhance a specific characteristic or trait, such as resistance to insects. The researchers characterize very precisely what change they are making to the plant's genome, and how it will impact the metabolism of the plant cells. The plants are then extensively tested in the greenhouse and field, andresearchers look for any difference between the GM plant and conventional plants. Plants grown in the field across a range of environments are also harvested and analyzed for their compositional makeup.
The Same as Other Crops
Biotech crops currently available on the market are the same from a compositional and nutritional standpoint as their non-GM counterparts, for example, GM corn is the same as non-GM corn. Testing has shown and FDA review has confirmed that GMOs are nutritionally the same as non-GM crops, including the same levels of key nutrients like amino acids, proteins, fiber, minerals and vitamins.
No Links To Diseases
Food from GMOs is digested in the body the same as food from non-GM crops. Hundreds of studies have and continue to demonstrate that GMOs do not present any health risk—they do not cause new allergies or cancers, infertility, ADHD or any other diseases. In the years that farmers have grown crops from GM seeds (since around 1994), there has not been a single documented instance of harm to human health resulting from genetic modifications, including new allergic reactions.