This month’s installment is Halloween-themed, and starts off by correcting some of the most common myths about GMOs, and then addresses some specific issues about the sugar found in your candy. The post then finishes up discussing the issue of “Frankenfoods,” along with modern crop breeding.
Without further ado, here are some of the stories we found interesting for October:
- Black Cats, Vampire Bats, Witches and Other Spooky Myths – Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist (RDN) Bethany Thayer with the Henry Ford Institute explores 6 Myths about GMOs in an article for the Detroit News. You can head over to GMO Answers for the facts about some of these myths.
- Lips Like Sugar – There’s some growing confusion about the differences between organic sugar, conventional sugar, and sugar derived from GMO sugar beets. The reality is that they are all nutritionally the same. There can even an environmental benefit to choosing GMO sugar beets. Three articles explore this topic, and sort it all out for you: Don’t Be Tricked Into Thinking Organic, Non-GMO Treats are Better, Sugar Is The Same, No Matter Its Background, and Biotech-Now’s own post, The Halloween Folklore Around Sugar from GM Sugarbeets.
- Do the Monster Mash – GMOs are misunderstood for a variety of reasons, including fear of the unknown, the fear of technology and how they are created. In GMO phobic? The Real Frankenfoods Might Surprise You, Steven Cerier explains how a lack of understanding of modern plant breeding and pervasive Frankenfood imagery reinforce negative perceptions about biotechnology.
Head over to GMO Answers to read the latest issue of “What We’re Reading,” and explore the rest of the site while you’re there!