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4 top things to know about GMOs

How's a time-pressed shopper supposed to understand the complexity of GMOs? This infographic breaks it down.

Read the latest on GMO legislation, reported by Natural Vitality Living: New national bill requires labeling GMO foods.  

There’s no question that Americans are growing more concerned over GMOs. As various state labeling initiatives gain momentum, the threat of sinister genetically engineered foods (i.e. GE salmon) hover in FDA limbo. And with Whole Foods Market's recent announcement to label GMOs by 2018, both natural and mainstream shoppers recognize that:

a) GMOs exist

b) They’re something that should probably be avoided

But GMOs are complicated, and they are rife in contradictions: No studies prove GMOs are harmful to humans, but U.S. patent laws prevent third-party research. Philanthropist Bill Gates invests in GMOs to feed the world, but they hinder food security through mono-agriculture. Plus, GMOs are deeply entrenched in multiple facets of American life, including our political, economic and social systems.

For a busy shopper, the intricacies of GMOs are, more often than not, too time consuming to follow. What then, are the most important key points to extract from the convoluted GMO debate to help shoppers quickly understand?

I think this infographic, courtesy of Earth Balance (maker of vegan spreads, snacks, condiments and milk) and it’s community website "Made Just Right", is a phenomenal example of how four bite-sized facts can inform, inspire and incite people to learn more about an issue. It’s also a lesson in how manufacturers can educate customers through engaging content, as this concise infographic is primed for virality on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Take a look, and share how you're educating your friends, family, or coworkers about GMOs.

Discuss this Blog Entry 2

Gena (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

Actually, they have just discovered that 57 of the 86 foods that have been approved for human consumption, still contain a virus that is considered toxic to people. They use a virus to piggyback the GE element into the plant, and thought that the virus somehow just went away when the plant was growing.

on May 18, 2013

People have misconception about GMOs and it is mostly avoided. It is considered as unsafe in most of the countries and people are not buying GMOs . There are many controversies regarding genetically modified food so mostly people avoid it.
Organic plant foods

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