What are GMOs?

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A genetically modified organism, or GMO, is a plant, animal, or other organism that has had a gene from another organism transferred into it as an addition or a replacement. The goal of the new gene is to produce a helpful trait or characteristic in the modified organism, such as disease resistance, drought tolerance, or improved nutritional value. Conventional breeding lacks this kind of precise control.
What foods are considered GMOs?
By 2019, federal regulators had approved 11 GMO crops for sale in the United States.

  • Corn (field and sweet)
  • Soybeans
  • Cotton
  • Alfalfa
  • Sugar beets
  • Canola
  • Papaya
  • Summer squash
  • Innate potatoes
  • Pink pineapple
  • Non-browning Arctic apples

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