Most Crops Are Genetically Modified

Definition: The idea that almost all crops are genetically modified including fruits such as strawberries and crops like wheat.

Though it is unclear as to when or where exactly this idea became popular, it is most likely due to the rise in genetically modified products on the market. Many people think genetically modified foods are everywhere (and there are plenty) but that is because so many products contain some form of corn which is one of the few GM crops.

This idea impacts our culture in an interesting way. Because people have misconceptions as to what is GMO and what isn’t, advertisers have been using that to their advantage. Today there are plenty of foods out on the market that are labeled “organic” or “GMO-free”, which is true but unnecessary. Why? Because many products that are labeled “GMO-free” do not even have a GMO counterpart.  However, because there are so many people who do not know the difference, they end up buying the more expensive, “organic water.”

Or maybe they were coerced into purchasing this “organic rock salt”.

The audience most affected by this idea are consumers and companies. Most parents and gym-rats/nutritionists are very health conscious than say, a 20-something-year-old bachelor who enjoys eating pizza for dinner every night. But you don’t have to be a super-healthy-food addict to be tricked into buying the unnecessarily expensive organic foods. Last week I bought “organic” bananas from Kroger and it wasn’t until I did this research that I found out there are no GM bananas sold in the United States. These companies are affected because the ones who take advantage of the new labeling laws are getting more revenue from making their organic, GMO-free labels bigger and more eye-catching.

This idea persists because people confirm this belief with their experience. People see so many products that are labeled GMO because there may be GM corn or sugar in the food. They also see that manufacturers are needlessly labeling things organic. For example, salt and water as pictured earlier have no DNA, so it is impossible to genetically engineer them.

Today there are only ten GM crops being commercially sold: corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, potatoes, squash, and apples.

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