(Posted Thu. Oct 25th, 2012)

Oct. 25: It is hard to ignore the fact that the topics of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and biotechnology are getting a lot of attention. Every day there seems to be more information from all kinds of sources bombarding people about GMOs and biotech. How do consumers know what to believe?


As people raising America’s food, CommonGround farmer-volunteers want to assure grocery shoppers that biotechnology is not something to worry about or fear. Plants and seeds have been genetically altered by farmers for the last 10,000 years through selective breeding. Modern biotechnology simply offers a quicker, more efficient path to accomplishing the same goals.


According to the International Food Information Council Foundation, today’s food biotechnology tools include traditional breeding techniques, such as cross-breeding. Other more modern methods involve using what we know about genes, or instructions for specific traits, to improve the quantity and quality of plant species. In fact, many popular consumer foods and drinks, such as cheese, bread, wine and beer, are the result of genetically altered plants and seeds. And all asparagus that is consumed today is the product of biotechnology.


"By using biotechnology on my family farm, we are able to produce more food with fewer resources and reduce our impact on the environment.  We depend on the land and the environment for our livelihood, and we do our best to protect it," says Minnesota farmer and CommonGround volunteer Kristie Swenson.  "Biotechnology provides consumers with food choices that are reasonably priced and nutritionally identical to other food choices."


What else do today’s grocery shoppers need to know about GMOs and biotechnology? Click here to find out some quick facts.


CommonGround is a grassroots movement to foster conversation among women, on farms and in cities, about where our food comes from. The United Soybean Board and the National Corn Growers Association developed CommonGround to give farm women the opportunity to engage with consumers through the use of a wide range of activities


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