You may be wondering “Are GMO fruits and vegetables dangerous?⁠⁠” On Instagram @AndreaHardyRD, I talk all about GMOs, whether or not they are something you should be eating and why they exist!

pictures of canola, corn, potatoes, alfalfa, apples, sugar beets and soybeans

I bought some canned peaches and saw they were labelled non-GMO the other day 🙄🙄🙄⁠ (they were packed in juice). So why in the HECK would it need a non-GMO label?⁠

Non-GMO labels are predominantly about positioning a product as more ‘valuable’ in marketing at BEST, and about inciting consumers to make choices rooted in fear at WORST. ⁠

In fact, when I talk with people, they often say things like “I try to buy non-GMO” and when I ask WHY, many times people haven’t even ever thought about it. They’ve just assumed that’s what they’re ‘supposed’ to do to be healthier.⁠

The first, most important thing to understand is what a GMO is. Because GMOs have become synonymous with pesticides. They are not the same. ⁠

GMOs take a gene from one organism that is safe, and put it a plant, which is safe. What do you get? A plant that is ALSO safe. ⁠

These genes help the plant have:⁠

  • improved drought tolerance⁠
  • prevent enzymatic browning⁠
  • insect resistant⁠
  • herbicide tolerance⁠
  • disease resistant⁠
  • healthier oil profiles⁠
  • improved animal digestibility⁠

They are as safe and equally (or more) nutritious than their counterparts. They are digested just like any other plant. GMOs exist to improve sustainability, allow us to grow more, and use less land. They are scientific advancements – not something to be afraid of but something to more deeply understand.⁠

What else do YOU want to know about GMOs?