GMOs & You

It has been 20 years since GMO crops hit the market. GMOs and other advanced biotechnology tools have had an enormous impact on agriculture, including complex issues around environmental sustainability, plant diseases and pests and contributing to innovations with nutrition and breakthrough human medicines.

However, before delving into the big picture, we know consumers want to understand more about how GMOs impact their everyday lives. Explore some of the basics of GMOs as well as their impact in other areas beyond your plate.

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More Information for GMOs & You

If Himalayan pink salt doesn't have genes, how can it be a GMO? It can't.

GMO Myths vs. Facts

There are many myths and misconceptions about GMOs. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common myths and learn about the facts: MYTH:There are dozens of GMO crops, including strawberries, bananas and wheat.There is even GMO water and GMO salt. FACT:There are 10 genetically modified crops commercially available today: alfalfa, apples, canola, corn (field and sweet), cotton, papaya, potatoes, soybeans, squash and sugar beets. This chartexplains why each of the 10 GMO crops are genetically modified. The majority of these crops, like alfalfa, field corn and soy are actually used for livestock feed. Other uses for these crops include...
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Modern Agriculture

From GPS guided self-driving tractors to drones monitoring crop health, today’s modern farms use an array of innovative technologies to grow crops and utilize resources more efficiently than ever before. GMOs are one of modern agriculture’s many innovations and they are already allowing farmers to grow more food with fewer resources. GMOs are also contributing to innovations beyond the farm as well, including GMO crops that can help to reduce food waste, nutritionally enhanced GM crops that can help to alleviate under-nourishment around the world and new medicines that are being developed with genetic engineering. Growing More With Less, Sustainably Genetically...
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GMOs and Livestock

In the United States, livestock have been consuming feed made from genetically modified crops for almost twenty years.More than two-thirds of GM corn and half of GM soybeans are used for livestock feed. In that time,GMOs have never been detected in the milk, meat or eggs derived from animals fed genetically modified feed. Meaning livestock process GMO feed in the same way as any other feed. Many studies have been conducted on the potential for GMO DNA or proteins to be transferred into animal tissues.No intact or immunologically reactive protein or DNA has been detected in animal tissue. Alison Van Eenennaam, Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Cooperative...
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GMOs and Nutrition

GMO Food Crops There is no nutritional difference between GMOs and their non-GMO counterpart, unless the nutritional content of the GM crops has been intentionally modified, like high oleic soybeans, or biofortified crops, such as Golden Rice. In the spring of 2016, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) issued a report confirming the safety of GMOs and also their compositional and nutritional equivalency with non-GMO foods. The NAS confirms, “Statistically significant differences in nutrient and chemical composition have been found between GE (genetically engineered) and non-GE plants by using traditional methods of compositional analysis, but the...
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Seventy-five percent of all cotton produced worldwide in 2015 was genetically modified.

Other Uses of GMOs

You may be surprised to know that we rely on genetically modified crops for more than the food we eat. We also use them for the clothes we wear, for medicines and for fuel. Textiles and Manufactured Products Cotton Seventy-five percent of all cotton produced worldwide in 2015 was genetically modified. In the U.S., 93 percent of all cotton currently grown is GMO cotton. Cottonis an extremely versatile crop that has been grown for thousands of years. Thanks to insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant genetically modified cotton, farmers are able to protect this crop from pests and weeds. A U.S. bale of cotton weighs around 500 pounds, and one bale...
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Yes, GMOs are safe to eat.

Health & Safety Consensus

Yes, GMOs are safe to eat.That is the overwhelming consensus of scientific experts and major scientific authorities around the world, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and American Medical Association. In fact, there have been more than 1,700 studies on the safety of GMOs, hundreds of which were independently funded. In the spring of 2016, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) researched this very same question and concluded: yes, GMOs are safe. A panel of more than 20 scientists, researchers, agricultural and industry experts reviewed over 20 years of data since GMOs were...
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GMOs in the Grocery Store

GMO Crops Contrary to misconceptions, only a few GMO crops in the grocery store are available as whole produce – sweet corn, summer squash, papayas, potatoes and apples.But large sections of the produce aisle are not comprised of GMOs. Seedless watermelons, for instance, are not GMOs. Other food products, however, may contain ingredients derived from GMO crops. Ingredients derived from genetically modified corn, soy, sugar beets and canola are used in a wide variety of foods including cereal, corn chips, veggie burgers and more. However, it is important to remember that genetically modified crops are nutritionally equivalent to non-genetically...
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