How does food from GMOs differ from non-GMO food?

  • Crops from GM seeds are identical to those from non-GM seeds. In addition, organic foods are identical in nutritional value to non-organic foods.
  • "The nutritional value of GMO foods is tested and compared against non-GMO foods. Numerous studies have shown no nutritional difference between commercially available GMO and non-GMO foods. In fact, genetic modifications can actually improve nutritional content for some foods."--Dr. Peggy Lamaux, Cooperative Extensions Specialist at the University of California, Berkeley as quoted on Bestfoodfacts.org.
  • Proteins used in GMOs are not allergenic, and these proteins do not appear in commercial oils or in the meat, milk, or eggs or animals fed with genetically modified foods.
  • Some people believe that GM seed use for commercial crops is widespread in whole fruits and vegetables. Commercially available crops from GM seeds only include corn, soybean, cotton, canola, alfalfa and squash (viral resistant) and nothing beyond that. Fruits and vegetables from GM seeds are not commercially available. Any changes in those crops are not the result of GMOs. For example, seedless fruits available today are the result of conventional breeding, not genetic modification.

USFRA Point of View

USFRA supports farmers’ choices to plant and grow conventional crops, GM crops, organic crops or a combination. Similarly, USFRA supports consumers’ choices to purchase foods they prefer. Many of our farmers plant GM seeds for reasons such as protecting their crops from adverse weather. Some of our... Read more