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t’s not hard to get confused when you hear about genetic modification of foods. This information can help guide you.
It’s not hard to get confused when you hear about genetic modification of foods. You know it’s something dubious, something that’s happening with unsubstantiated outcomes and potentially devastating results. How can your head not spin, considering
- our government supports the use of GMOs, while 30 countries ban or intend to ban them, including many European countries;
- many believe our food may be irrevocably contaminated as a result of GMO use;
- initial crop yields are increased with them, but then down the road they breed super weeds? See report on Failure to Yield.
Yikes, it’s a lot of information! Sometimes it just feels easier to ignore it and hope for the best. But wait. Natural Vitality Living is here to help.
At NVL we’re not shy about our anti-GMO stance. We don’t like what the science says, the long-term safety studies that haven’t been conducted, or how biotech companies control farmers with GMOs. We support mandatory labeling of GMO products. There are proven methods that work better than GMO technology, support the land and food supply for the long term, and avoid needless potentially serious risks. We’d like these methods to be used instead.
Here you’ll find answers to your GMO questions along with resources to join the anti-GMO movement, help protect your family, and live as close to GMO-free as possible.
What Are GMOs?
To create GMOs, the genetic material of a plant or animal organism is altered to contain specific traits. Currently most GMOs are used in plants on big farms in agribusiness.
The largest GMO crops are soybeans and corn. A whopping 93 percent of US-grown soy is genetically modified. About 63 percent of US corn is GMO. Both corn and soy have been genetically modified to be
- herbicide tolerant—they can withstand certain pesticides sprayed on the crops;
- insect repellent—the corn has been bred with genes of an organism that will kill certain pests but is said to be harmless to humans.
Want to see how much you know about GMOs? Take the quiz.
For more information on GMOs, visit the Center for Food Safety.
Are GMOs Successful?
GMOs were introduced in the early 1990s with big promises. The idea put forward was that certain traits, including increased nutrition, resistance to drought and faster growth, could be bred into crops such as corn and soybeans so that improved produce could be grown in much higher yields.
GMO crops have been with us now for some 20 years, and it is becoming apparent that the reality of GMOs has fallen far short of business model expectations. A report issued in 2009 by the Union of Concerned Scientists entitled Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Cropsfound that GMO technology has not increased yields at all through its entire history, despite the millions that have been spent on GMO development, much of it from government funding.