What you need to know about GMOs

GMOs 101: What You Need To Know

With all the buzz about GMOs, it seems like they are everywhere, but did you know you’d actually only find 10 GMO crops currently available in the United States? Alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, papaya, soybeans, squash, sugar beets, Arctic® apples and Innate™ potatoes are all grown in the U.S., but only a few are whole foods you’ll find in the store today. Others can be found as an ingredient in different products.

GMO stands for genetically modified organism. GMO plants have naturally existing genes added to them in order to achieve a favorable characteristic. Regardless of whether a food is a GMO or non-GMO, you can rest assured your choice is safe and nutritious.

Here are some fast facts you should know about GMOs:

Fast facts about GMOs and their safety.

Want to learn more about GMOs? Watch this video for an explanation from a local dietitian about how GMOs affect the foods we eat. Or, check out this infographic for an inside peek at the GMO approval process.

2 thoughts on “GMOs 101: What You Need To Know

  1. I was a huge fan of yours until you published this info. Did a major/national GMO seed company provide funding to you to get their “safe to eat” message out everyone.

    1. Thanks for your reaching out! This website and initiative are developed and funded exclusively by South Dakota soybean farmers and their checkoff. Seed companies do not provided funding for this initiative.

      Many farmers choose to use GMO technology for a variety of reasons. The reality is that the scientific community overwhelmingly supports the safety of GMO’s, including the World Health Organization. Just like you, farmers want to put safe and healthy food on the table for their families, and they wouldn’t use GMO’s unless they were confident in their safety. You can find more information on the safety of GMO’s here: https://hungryfortruthsd.com/topics/gmo/. You may also be interested in this guest post from a farmer about why she uses GMOs.

      When it comes to GMO’s, Hungry for Truth supports choice. Just like farmers have a choice of what they grow, you have options for what you buy at the grocery store. Both GMO and non-GMO crops are equally nutritious and healthy food options.

      If you’re interested in talking with a farmer directly, let us know and we’d be happy to put you in touch.

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