In a survey of more than 10,000 people across 10 countries, we found that roughly half the population thinks genetically modified foods don’t have any long term health effects and that they can benefit the environment. But at the same time, 72 percent of people avoid buying genetically modified foods, and 62 percent think they should be banned. Why the discrepancy? It’s likely lingering doubts about health risks play a big role.
It certainly makes sense to be cautious. When it comes to your family’s health, you want to be absolutely sure you’re making the best choices. We, of all people, believe it’s important to know where your food comes from. So, when you keep hearing buzz that GMOs aren’t safe, it’s natural to wonder: What are the risks?
We’ll break it down it simply here: Over and over again, GMOs have been proven to be safe for humans, animals and the environment. Every major scientific body that has reviewed the safety of genetically modified foods has come to that same conclusion. Let’s talk about what they found.
But First… What Are GMOs Anyway?
GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, is a term commonly used to describe crops produced through a plant breeding technique that uses a specific type of genetic engineering. Essentially, plant breeders take the gene for a specific trait in one plant or microbe and insert it into the cells of a crop plant. And no, not just for fun. The goal is to add “desirable traits” to a crop. “Desirable traits” like what, you ask? Well, like better nutrition; longer shelf life; resistance to pests, diseases and herbicides; faster growth… some pretty good stuff