KNOW THE BASICS

A quick search of the internet may leave you convinced that GMOs and in particular GM crops and foods are hazardous, harmful, risky and/or unsafe.

Risk is intertwined with every aspect of our daily lives. We generally think and act as though life is largely free of risk and view “taking risks” as irresponsible and something that should be avoided.

“Different GM organisms include different genes inserted in different ways. This means that individual GM foods and their safety should be assessed on a case-by-case basis...

The safety of GM crops has been assessed since 1982 and a huge body of peer-reviewed, scientific literature attests to the safety of the commercially available GM crops, which have been subjected to a thorough risk assessment process before release was approved.

GM crops include one or more genes that were transferred directly to the crop using genetic engineering techniques. These genes could originate from another organism such as bacteria, other crops or plants or even from the same plant.