My favorite topic, GMOs! Today we talk with Michael Stebbins of GMO Answers. GMO Answers is a fantastic website that thoroughly explains the science and research behind GMOs. Michael will explain the GMOs available today and how several government agencies like the USDA, FDA, and EPA all have regulations in place to ensure GMOs are not only safe for consumption but also safe for the environment. What better way to learn about GMOs than from the experts behind them (aka not listening to an anti-GMO person who only gets their “facts” from health blogs or Wikipedia).
This is a great episode for anyone curious to learn about GMOs and how they fit in with organic and traditional agriculture.
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Check out GMO Answers at the link below:
- GMO Answers
- GMOs aka Genetically Modified Organisms
- GMOs on the market today and their uses
- Common grocery store items you use that might have GMOs
- Common misconceptions consumers have
- The science behind GMOs
- What science says about the health of genetically engineer food
- Where GMOs fit in with organic and traditional agriculture
- GMOs around the world
- Do GMO crops allow farmers to spray pesticides 24/7? (Short answer: No!)
- The cost of creating GM crops
- How genetically engineer crops help farmers produce more with less
Pictures like this always crack me up. This isn’t how GMOs are made.
What I learned from this episode:
- GMOs are checked by several different government agencies to ensure they are safe not only for human consumption but also that they have no negative impacts on the environment. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all have varying approval processes in place before GMOs can be used commercially. The FDA for example tests and makes sure that GMOs are safe for you to eat!
Check out the SciShow’s breakdown of some lifesaving GMOs.
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