It's pretty safe to say that there's a lot of misinformation on social media today, regardless of where come down on political spectrum, and information about GMOs are certainly a classic example of how people can spread bad info on social media.
Even though GMO crops have been on the market for nearly 30 years, mistrust regarding these products escalated with the rise of the internet and social media platforms. In a new post for GMO Answers on our Medium page, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Molly Knudsen examines some of the most common myths found online and explains how genetically modified foods fit into a healthy diet.
People’s distrust of GMOs may stem from confusion about what “GMO” actually means. Hearing the words genetically, modified, and food in the same sentence seems to elicit the picture of a mad scientist injecting an apple with a giant syringe (or whatever food pops in your mind). But, that is not the case.
Clearly, there is a disconnect between what science says and what people believe. Even though GMO crops have been on the market for almost 30 years, the real mistrust regarding these products escalated with the rise of the Internet and social media outlets.
When it comes to scientific facts and proper food and diet information, it's always best to listen to a trained, educated professional in that field, like a registered dietitian. Don't let the easy access of misinformation on social media lead you down the wrong path.
For more information about GMOs, please visit GMO Answers, and to find a registered dietitian near you, visit the Eat Right website from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.