Debunking myths about GMO foods
Food has been genetically altered since the beginning of time. Scientists use modified plants to resist diseases and pests, for medicine and vaccines and to increase food production. But not all consumers are convinced that foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe. That’s why programs like Food Facts are critical to debunking GMO myths.
Through the Alabama Cooperative Extension Food Facts program, 1,274 individuals learned about GMOs. Corn plots were planted for a tasting demonstration with bioengineered and traditional varieties at Alabama A&M facilities.
As a result of this training, 88% of participants agreed to purchase bioengineered food. They were also confident that GMOs were safe to consume. After sampling corn from the tasting demonstration plots, 63 participants completed an online survey. The top three cultivars favored were SV9010SA (bioengineered experimental), Temptation II (bioengineered) and Silver Queen (conventional).
Participants also reported they were familiar with bioengineered foods (73%) and considered the technology useful (60%). As a result of the program, 25 (40%) of the participants did want to learn more about the use of biotechnology in developing and producing foods.