Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals in which the DNA has been altered, merging genetic material from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, bacterial, animal, and viral genes that do not exist in nature or through time-tested traditional crossbreeding practices.
The biotech industry has made claims about increased yield, superior nutrition and drought tolerance offered by GMOs. But a growing body of research and on-the-ground reports indicate that GMOs fail to live up to these claims.
GMO crops can be allergenic, less nutritious, or even toxic. GMOs can disrupt ecosystems by damaging delicate wild plant and animal populations and negatively impact biodiversity. Further, they can increase the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides and can deliver yields that are no better than conventional crops.
The majority of developed nations have determined GMOs to be unsafe. In almost 50 countries globally – including Japan, Australia, and the entire European Union – the production and sale of GMOs are either heavily restricted or completely banned. The United States government has continued to approve GMOs, their approval based on studies conducted by the very corporations that manufactured the GMOs (rather than a third-party). Such data coming from those who would ultimately profit from sales can’t help but prompt consumers to raise questions of conflict of interest.
Many Americans are choosing to avoid the potential dangers of GMOs. The Good Bean uses only non-GMO ingredients in our snacks.