Spotlight on GMOs

Spotlight on GMOs

GMO stands for genetically modified organisms.

Scientists alter genes of certain crops to help them withstand harsh conditions or retain more nutrients. Think of GMO crops like agriculture superheroes. Thanks to improved genetics, GMO crops possess some type of “superpower” over non-GMO crops. Genetically modified crops may be disease- or herbicide-resistant, or have increased nutrients; by having these “superpowers,” GMO crops are able to produce more food than their non-GMO counterparts.

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  • Interesting fact: GMOs are derived from plants that have been genetically modified to exhibit certain desired characteristics
  • Interesting fact: Only nine crops from genetically modified seeds are commercially available in the United States: Corn (field and sweet), soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, potatoes, papaya and squash