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It is important for you to know that genetically modified crops are not new, and have been widely grown in the United States for the past 20 years. It’s estimated that 70 to 80% of the foods we eat in the United States, both at home and away from home, contain ingredients made from genetically modified crops. If the label on a food or beverage product lists corn or soy the product most likely contains ingredients from genetically modified crops, as over 90% of these two crops grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. In addition, a high percentage of some other crops in the U.S., such as sugar beets, are genetically modified as well.
The regulatory agencies and organizations that study the safety of the food supply in the U.S. have found genetically modified crops and food ingredients derived from these crops are as safe as their traditional counterparts. These include the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Medical Association. This conclusion on safety is shared by the World Health Organization, the European Foods Safety Authority, Health Canada, and other regulatory agencies and health professional organizations in many countries worldwide.
Genetically modified crops typically require fewer pesticides or can resist insects, helping to keep production costs down. In addition, one in eight people among the world’s growing population of seven billion do not have enough to eat, and safe and effective methods of food production, like genetically modified crops can help us feed the hungry and malnourished in developing nations around the world.