Weigh GMOs With Facts, Not Fear

Weigh GMOs With Facts, Not Fear

Learn GMO facts from science, not trending social topics. Karri Hammerstrom, a mom and farmer, explains the importance of making food choices based on meaningful information grounded in facts and science in a new post on the GMO Answers Medium.com page.

Twitter. It’s a great way to communicate with friends and colleagues; share information; track your favorite music artists or author; and keep up on current issues, politics and trends. But, sometimes the information shared falls into what I would consider sensationalism or “Fake News” with “Alternative Facts.”

Recently, Twitter had a flurry of activity reacting to new product labeling for Girl Scout cookies that reads, “Produced with Genetic Engineering” under its list of ingredients. Reaction to this was mixed and mostly misunderstood.

As a mother, educator and a small-scale farmer of peaches, plums and grapes, I desire to have meaningful information about the food I am feeding my children, as well as worry about the safety of my children and future of food production — which makes me question a lot of things in life. Biotechnology, which includes genetic engineering or GMOs, certainly falls in that category.

However, I wholeheartedly support the use of biotechnology in the production of food, fiber, floral and fuel. For centuries, humankind has made improvements to plants through selective breeding and hybridization — the controlled pollination of plants. Plant biotechnology is an extension of traditional plant breeding with one very important difference — biotechnology ensures the transfer of beneficial traits in a precise, controlled manner.

She concludes her post by noting:

Again, I am confident in the safety of GMOs. I believe the best way to keep my family safe and healthy is to make sure they eat a balanced diet and daily make good food choices. I am a #Moms4GMOs!

To read Karri’s entire post, please visit the GMO Answers page on Medium.com

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