GMO Facts

What are GMOs?

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Are GMOs safe?

Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In 61 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.

Are GMOs labeled?

Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve.

How does GMO Awareness come in?

If people stop buying GMOs, companies will stop using them and farmers will stop growing them. We aim to make more and more people aware until a tipping point of consumer rejection happens and the market for GMOs collapses.

Do Americans want non-GMO foods and supplements?

Polls consistently show that a significant majority of North Americans would like to be able to tell if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs (a 2008 CBS News Poll found that 87% of consumers wanted GMOs labeled). And, according to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, 53% of consumers said they would not buy food that has been genetically modified.

How common are GMOs?

In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food.

What are the impacts of GMOs on the environment?

Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs:’ which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange). GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.

How do GMOs affect farmers?

Because GMOs are novel life forms, biotechnology companies have been able to obtain patents with which to restrict their use. As a result, the companies that make GMOs now have the power to sue farmers whose fields are contaminated with GMOs, even when it is the result of inevitable drift from neighboring fields. GMOs therefore pose a serious threat to farmer sovereignty and to the national food security of any country where they are grown, including the United States.

More GMO Facts

gmo-myths-and-truths-2nd-editionClick here to view or download “GMO Myths and Truths” — an evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops. This 2nd edition 2014 document is prepared by the preeminent researchers and scientists John Fagan, PhD, Michael Antoniou, PhD and Claire Robinson, MPhil.

10 minute mini-documentary about GMOs: Genetic Roulette.

What’s the next step?

Click here to learn how to Avoid GMOs.

13 thoughts on “GMO Facts

  1. Pingback: Food Politcs…and GMO labeling | Cooking for the Future

  2. funny thing is on this video there is no proof that gmo are the cause of any issues so please if your going to post something about anything have some scientific proof that what you say might be or not be truth,

    • Jason, look right above the video at “GMO Myths and Truths” for in-depth analysis. There’s plenty of evidence, but obviously, a 10 minute video is only a short introduction into some of the reasons why GMOs are not a good idea. You can look at GMOs from lots of different angles, every angle, and see red flags. Please be informed, there are many in-depth resources on this site. Check out “The World According to Monsanto.” Thanks ~ Mike.

  3. Hey, btw, the gmo labeling made the ballot on the island of maui, and just so you the voters have voted a majority to “yes” on labeling. Monsanto is now suing, didn’t look up why, but i think on the technical language of the law, to try and force their agenda and overstep the voters. Voting doesn’t mean anything now does it. I don’t care if they vote yes or no to anything, it should stand. Or have a revote or vote again after technical language discrepancies are fixed. Because it made it to the ballot, the issue should be made by voters, not by the courts and Monsanto. I hate them.

  4. I personally believe that GMOs can be used for good or bad, and that people should be more careful before jumping to conclusions. Some GMOs may be bad, and some may be good. Instead of deciding as a whole, we should look into each specific GM crop more carefully to find out which are good and which aren’t. I also believe that the guys over at Monsanto can kinda be jerks.

    • Dale, GMOs are all risk and no reward. The supposed benefits are short-sighted. No one is saying GMOs are good EXCEPT the people who sell them, and the people who buy them… farmers who don’t understand the big picture and just want the “benefit” of herbicide tolerance for example. I highly recommend reading GMO Myths and Truths, written by geneticists who were very brave to take a stand. People get fired “mysteriously.”

      • So there is no way that there can ever be any good genetically modified food. Ever. No matter what company is making it. No matter what it actually does. No matter how much testing there is. Never. Sure, that makes sense.

      • Uninformed opinions aren’t really worth much Dale. People have opinions about everything, largely uniformed, just based on whatever tidbits, propaganda or cultural beliefs they may have picked up. Did you read GMO Myths and Truths? That is an excellent place to start if you want an informed opinion. I’ve had my head into the subject of GMOs for many years. It’s inherently risky with impossible to predict or know consequences. For example, deregulated GMO alfalfa will contaminate all wild varieties, is this good? Does anyone have a clue how it will affect the total ecosystem? One of the big issues with getting the message out is there are just SO MANY read flags it takes a good hard look to see the big picture, which is why I always recommend to people if they are interested to start with GMO Myths and Truths. Or if you want a more entertaining presentation, watch the movies The World According to Monsanto and Genetic Roulette, both free to view on this site.

        Let me ask you this… if money were not an issue, if there was no profit to be made, who in there right mind would think it’s a good idea to put bacteria DNA into plants so they won’t die when sprayed with herbicide? If there was no profit, who would think it’s a good idea to put spider genes into goats, so they make spider web protein in their milk? Who would think it’s a good idea to put human genes into cows so their milk is more human? All this is simply insanity. Where does your faith lie? In technology or in creating diverse eco systems that harmonize with how nature ACTUALLY works? Look deeply into the subject, and you’ll see that healthy, natural food requires ECOLOGY not technology.

        Even simple soil is an ecology that we haven’t even begun to understand, but that works anyway when we leave it to nature. Ag systems on the other hand, the Green Revolution have created life deserts, turned soil into dead, hard stuff that can’t support life.

        Look into all the thousands of GOOD organizations, run by good people with INTEGRITY who want good outcomes. You will not find one who supports genetic engineering in agriculture. Where there is money to be made, you will find those profits spinning propaganda and lies to further the profit. Biotech lies and spin are even appearing in school books taught to children now.

        Dig deep Dale, connect the dots. Follow the money.

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