GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. 

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce their own insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. 

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. 

Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. This list includes the entire European Union, Australia and Japan. Currently, the U.S. FDA does not require the disclosure of GMO use in consumer products.

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