US food system challenged by complexity of GMO issue

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Food is inherently complicated. Decades of scientific inquiry has found that different methods of farming — organic, conventional, no-till, tilled — often have pluses and minuses. When it comes to sustainability, sometimes efficiency is the most important factor — which can mean that large farms might be more sustainable than small ones.

GMOs are also complicated. They can be created by adding genes from another species into a crop, or they can be created by taking genes out of a crop’s DNA. They can be deployed by large corporations, or by non-profit research firms.

The United States’ food system, however, is terrible at conveying this nuance. That’s partly because food marketing does a great job of selling things to consumers under the auspice of simplicity. There’s no space on a label for deep explanations of how a grocery shopper should evaluate farming practices — we expect consumers to be able to interpret the food system on their own, at a time when consumers have never been further away from the people that produce their food.

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Read full, original post: GMOs Are Complicated, And Our Food System Is Not Designed To Handle Complicated. That’s A Problem.

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