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Are GMOs Sustainable?


The topic of GMOs has become a hot-button issue in recent years. Having only existed for a few decades, there is still so much to learn about genetically modified organisms and how sustainable and safe they are for the planet, for people, and for animals. 

Read on for a breakdown of everything you need to know about the controversial topic, and how sustainable GMOs are — or aren’t. 

What Are GMOs in Food?

A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant or animal whose genes have been modified in a lab by introducing a gene from another organism; this gives the organism a new trait, resulting in an organism that is not found in nature, and cannot be created with typical crossbreeding methods.

Typically, scientists create GMOs to give an organism a trait that makes the plant “better” in some way — for example, most GMOs have been manipulated to be resistant to pesticides, meaning they can be sprayed with endless amounts of pesticides and stay alive, as per the EWG. Other GMOs have had their genes manipulated to be resistant to things like insects, browning, frost, or diseases.