On June 5, we celebrate World Environment Day.
You might have heard people talking about the negative effects of GMOs on the environment – and claim that GMOs harm the environment – but is this true? Do GMOs help or harm the environment?
Despite negative myths, there are many reasons why GMOs are good for the environment. Firstly, did you know that genetically modified crops can actually reduce the environmental impact of farming? And that GMOs can have other environmental benefits as well, such as helping to reduce food waste and improve air quality?
Crops from genetically modified seeds are studied extensively around the world to make sure the environmental effects of GMOs are safe before they reach the market. GM plants are tested, and researchers look for any differences between the GM plant and conventional plants to make sure the GM variety grows the same as the non-GMO variety. They’re also tested to make sure that they demonstrate the desired characteristics, such as insect resistance.
The health and safety of GMOs have been validated by many independent scientists and organizations around the world. Groups ranging from the World Health Organization, the Royal Society of Medicine (UK), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the International Seed Federation (ISF), along with various governing bodies on every continent around the world have all affirmed the safety of GMO crops. Since 1992, more than 40 government agencies have given approvals for GMO food, feed, and cultivation. In many countries, multiple agencies are involved in the regulation of GMOs.
To mark World Environment Day, please watch our new video that shows 5 Ways That GMOs Benefit the Environment.