Thursday, July 29

What are GMOs — and do I really need to avoid them?

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, tend to have a poor reputation. Play a word association game with GMOs and people often think along the lines of gross mutations, unhealthy food, and overall garbage stuff. To put it simply, in many people’s minds, GMO is just another way to refer to “bad” food. But are GMOs really as evil as we think?

When it comes to GMO, there’s this idea that you need to be either completely for or completely against them. Problem is, most people don’t realize what makes something genetically modified, or just how common GMOs are. Fun fact: Unless you’re eating certified organic foods exclusively, you’re probably consuming GMOs of some kind. And if you look at the big picture, most of the “domestic” forms of food that we eat — like watermelon — don’t look at all similar to their “wild” counterparts, or even their 17th-century ancestors.

Read the full article at mic.com.