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This Week in “Get to Know GMOs” Month

October 17, 2014
For the month of October GMO Answers will be engaging online and across social media to help consumers Get to Know GMOs and better understand the role of biotechnology in agriculture. As others promote activities opposing GMOs throughout the month, we’ll be correcting common misconceptions and introducing consumers to those who create and grow GMO crops.

From ABC to CBS, the need for basic GMO education was made very clear on TV this week! The timing couldn't be better for Get to Know GMO Basics week. We launched Get to Know GMO month with GMO misconceptions, and now in week two we are highlighting what GMOs are, why they're used, where they're grown, and more. Read the whole post here.

First What Are GMOs?

When people refer to Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, they are referring to precision plant breeding using genetic engineering. It allows plant breeders to take a desirable trait (like resistance to drought, insects, weeds, and disease) from one plant or organism and transfer it to the plant they want to improve, as well as make a change to an existing trait in a plant they are developing.

You may have also heard of agricultural biotechnology or biotech seeds. These are terms that may be used to refer to the same thing – a genetically modified organism (GMO).

More GMO basics can be found here on the GMO Answers site.

Jimmy Kimmel Goes to the Streets to Ask What's a GMO

Following up on his infamous "What is Gluten" video, Jimmy Kimmel took to an L.A. farmers' market this week to ask shoppers how they felt about GMOs - and then asked how much they knew about them. The results are both entertaining and telling. Watch that video here:

GMO Answers' Response to the Recent Consumer Reports Study

Last week, CBS This Morning interviewed a spokesperson from Consumer Reports about their recent study on GMOs in packaged food. The segment included misleading and untrue statements about GMOs – we've addressed those issues in this post.

Find the infographics, videos, studies and links you can use to answer any questions you may come across from this video segment.