G.M.O. (Noun) “Genetically Modified Organism”
An abbreviation for genetically modified organism, an organism whose genetic material has been modified, especially by genetic engineering.
Some of the most common foods in the grocery store are also some of the most controversial. That’s because about 80% of processed foods contain G.M.O.s in some form. And while some say that they’re an improvement on the originals that can provide better nutrition for people around the world, others fear that they’re a threat to human health and the environment.
Watch the video to learn more, and explore the status of G.M.O.s around the world, and in some states here, with the locations on the map. You can also find out more about genetics and food labels in the articles below.
23 million hectares of soy grow in Argentina, making it second to the United States in the amount of G.M.O. crops grown each year.
With 30.3 million hectares of crops, Brazil is the second largest G.M.O.-producing country globally.
China rejects large shipments of U.S. corn due to unregulated G.M.O. traders.
The Governor of Connecticut has signed a G.M.O-labeling law, but it is conditioned on a neighboring state also passing a similar bill.
Fifteen European nations require strict labels on all foods containing G.M.O.s.
Genetically-modified corn and papayas grow in Hawaii, but that’s all so far. The debate on an outright ban is ongoing.
Japan refuses to import G.M.O. crops from the U.S.
Genetically-modified corn is banned in Mexico.
Some Russian scientists have called for a ten-year ban on G.M.O.s, but as of now the crops will be allowed starting in July of 2014.
Vermont is set to be the first state to take action on G.M.O. labeling in 2014.