How many times have you gone to the grocery store and seen the phrases “Non GMO”?

This week I went to the new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Lafayette. The whole store was filled with these products! I mean everywhere! The meats, vegetables, chap stick, and even hair products! I think it is great that this brings to the attention to a consumer that agriculture products are in their everyday items but not to scare them about products that may contain GMOs… because lets be real! What is there to be scared about?

So what exactly is a GMO?

GMOs are “genetically modified organisms.” This is an organism that has genetic material that has been altered using genetic engineering techniques, called biotechnology. By genetically modifying crops this can enhance taste and quality, and can increase nutrients or improve resistance to pests and disease. In many instances GMOs help conserve natural resources because the crop may require less energy or water for processing.

& why do Farmers use them?

Farmers choose to do what is best for their farms and the consumer. They buy seed that has been genetically modified. That may be because of the growing environments like a drought or the way the market changes. GMOs can lower crop damage from weeds, diseases, and insects.

What crops contain GMOS seeds?

  1. Corn
  2. Soybeans
  3. Cotton
  4. Canola
  5. Alfalfa
  6. Papaya
  7. Squash
  8. Sugar Beets

What products contain GMOs?

GMOs are in a lot of foods! Cheese, fish, meat, and even milk!

Bottom Line!

Are GMOs safe?

Yes! They are digested in the body just the same as non-GMO crops. There have been hundreds of studies to demonstrate that they do not present any health risk at all! They do NOT cause allergies or cancers, diseases, or infertility. There has not been one instance of harm to human health!

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