Do you know what GMOs are? Turns out, a lot of people don’t.
In fact, some people can’t even state what the letters G, M and O stand for. I read results from a recent poll showing that most people can’t name the main GM crops grown in the U.S. They are corn, soy, cotton and sugar beets. A huge percentage of respondents said wheat was one of the top three. THERE IS NO GENETICALLY-MODIFIED WHEAT. IT DOES NOT EXIST COMMERCIALLY.
Genetically modified (GM) seeds allow farmers to grow crops that feed large populations in an economical and sustainable manner. With a global population that is expected to reach ~9 billion people by 2050 and food insecurity being prevalent in all over the world, including the U.S., GMOs are ESSENTIAL.
GM seeds are modified to withstand extreme weather conditions like drought and heavy rain, require the farmer to use LESS pesticides (better for the environment) and can also provide some enhanced nutrients like Vitamin A. There is NO credible scientific evidence suggesting that GMOs pose any unique threat to human health or the environment. In fact, there are over 2,000 credible scientific studies showing that GMOs are SAFE. I did a blog on the benefits of GMOs a while back — Check it out!
This Jimmy Kimmel video shows a few consumers who have NO IDEA what GMOs are, yet they do not want them in their foods. I would say that the video is mildly funny and will make you laugh, but it scares me so much I can barely even crack a smile while watching it.
Unfortunately, this is real; it ain’t just some biased video! I witness people with similar thoughts (or lack of thoughts) about GMOs every day of my life in Washington, D.C. And there are lots of state legislations on the table that would require GM foods to be labeled, which would just drive up food prices and result in a MESS for food producers, including the very farmers who feed us. I wrote a blog a few months ago about the passed legislation in Vermont that will require all food products including GM ingredients to be labeled accordingly.
It is has been my goal to lead consumers on the right path by providing accurate knowledge about GMOs whenever I can. This is a huge passion of mine, and I will be doing my Master’s thesis on consumer perceptions of GMOs.
For more information about GMOs, check out GMO Answers.
I want our farmers to provide us with a safe, abundant and affordable food supply. Do you?