Why is there controversy about GMOs?

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The biggest issue regarding genetically modified crops is that people do not understand what GMOs are, and this misinformation is leading them to ignorant and uneducated beliefs. However, this is not totally the fault of consumers, as the suppliers of such crops have failed to adequately inform their clients, harboring rumors and distrust in GMOs.

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According to the Institute of Food Technologists, in the U.S., GM crops are reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for safety prior to being put on the market. . . .  Furthermore, GM crops have successfully increased harvests by decreasing losses to pests, decreasing input and labor costs, reducing the impact from agrochemical use, helping conserve soil and water resources . . .

Based on this, one might ask what the controversy is all about. Unfortunately, there is an overabundance of websites and readings that discuss the disproven studies about the harmful effects of GM crops. . . .

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The Institute of Food Technology states: “A recent NPD food market research study on GMO awareness and concern among consumers finds that 67 percent of all primary grocery shoppers are not willing to pay a higher price for non-GMO foods.” This is an important finding that highlights the need for the world to be more informed on the consequences of non-GMO.

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Running for the hills when seeing “GMO” will not make your food any healthier or the world any safer. In fact, continuing to condemn these letters will probably result in the exact opposite.

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