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GMO Facts

GMO Facts
What are GMOs? GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. Are GMOs safe? Are GMOs labeled? Where does the Non-GMO Project come in? Do Americans want non-GMO foods and supplements? How common are GMOs? What are the impacts of GMOs on the environment?

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Tell Congress: Label GMOs! When companies genetically modify our food, we Americans need to know about it. The Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act would deny Americans the right to know which foods are genetically modified. That’s why the companies that use GMOs are pushing so hard for this bill. Congress could move any day to pass or defeat the DARK Act. Add your name to speak out before it’s too late and urge Congress to support mandatory labeling of GMOs. We need your voice with us to protect all our families.

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