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The GMO Primer: GMOs And How They Affect Your Health, Explained

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You've probably heard of genetically modified food, but if you're like most of us, you're probably confused. If you're still asking “what is GMO?” look no further: Well+Good NYC has a great primer on what GMOs, GMO labeling, and why it all matters for your health.

what is GMO

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are complicated and controversial, and for the average person, separating good science from industry promotion in a meaningful way is nearly impossible. It’s also incredibly important.

So we poured through the research and talked to scientists to find to out what you need to know about the controversial crops and how they may affect your health.

Here’s what we learned.

What are GMOs?

GMOs are created by inserting a piece of DNA from the cells of one plant or animal into the cells of another. This reprograms the cells’ genetic blueprint, giving it new properties. Most commercial GMOs are created to withstand herbicides or produce insecticides. For example, one of the most common, Roundup Ready Soybeans, was engineered so that farmers can spray their crops with the herbicide Roundup to kill weeds without also killing the soybean plants.

What are GMOs in?

In the United States, GMOs are estimated to be present in about 80 percent of processed foods. Ninety-five percent of soy and close to 90 percent of corn crops contain GMOs, and they are barely tested or regulated and not required to be labeled.

Click here to learn more about GMOs from Well+Good NYC.

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