So, what's a GMO?
We don’t blame anyone for being confused about GE/GMO foods. There’s a ton of misleading information out there about what it really is. First off, there are two terms that mean essentially the same thing (bar some grammatical nuance that we won’t get into). In short, GE = genetically engineered, and GMO = genetically modified organism. (Another term, especially internationally, is “transgenic.”)
In addition to that significant bit of confusion, biotech seed companies would have you believe that GMOs are no different from traditional crops, when in fact, there are some fundamental differences – from the way the genes get in there in the first place, all the way up to social and environmental consequences.
Here, we bust some of the biggest myths floating around about GMOs, and at the end we list some great resources where you can learn more about GMOs and the big issues surrounding their use, and take action if you choose.
The facts for this infographic came from two great organizations working to educate the public on the realities of GMOs and fighting against their approvals by the government:
Center for Food Safety: They have a great section on GE foods, updates on the current status of new GE seed approvals, and a Shopper’s Guide to Avoiding GE Food. They are also very active in advocating for the mandatory labeling of foods containing GMO ingredients.
Just Label It: This organization has a ton of useful information and infographics to educate about GMOs and the truth about GMO labeling. They also have lists of labeling supporters and opponents, a map of state labeling initiatives, and ways you can take action.