GMO=GRO

Genetically Modified Organisms = Genetically Reinforced Organisms

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Why GRO?

Why don't we use the term GMO?..The term, "Genetically Modified Organism" includes all types of processes for changing traits in  plants, animals, or other organisms. Agronesty chooses to use "Genetically Reinforced Organisms (GROs)" instead of GMOs because we believe it provides better understanding.

Genetic this & genetic that... All of this cool "science talk" is great and all but let's figure out what it all actually means.

 GROs in the U.S.A

While there are technically thousands of genetically reinforced products available today, the ten "genetically engineered" crops below are the only ones commercially available in the United States. Genetic engineering refers to the specific process  performed by experts to change a gene for a desired trait.

 

Note: There is a difference between "genetic engineering" and "genetic reinforcing," Check out the differences here.

Alfalfa

Papaya

Sugar Beets

Corn

(Field & Sweet)

Canola

Squash

Soybeans

Apple

Cotton

Potatoes

Discover more about genetically reinforced organisms (GROs) by exploring our "production methods" reports here.

Benefits of Genetic Reinforcing

1. Drought Tolerance

2. Insect Pest Resistance

3. Herbicide Tolerance

4. Disease Resistance

5. Increased Nutritional Value

6. Greater Economic Impact

7. Reduced Food Waste

8. Better Manufacturing Process

9. Environmental Benefits

10. Increased Crop Production

Real Concerns, Without the Myths.

It takes some serious skill and time to find the real concerns about GROs (because there aren't many) but Agronesty is dedicated to promoting the whole truth so we put in the hours and found these...

Note: Concerns, indicated with "*", are currently being addressed by the global agricultural industry.

01

*Potential Allergens

When a trait from an allergenic source is introduced to a nonallergenic environment, there is a potential for allergen transfer. No allergic effects have been found for current GE crops on the market.

02

*Potential Outcrossing

Occurs when conventional crops and GE crops are mixed unintentionally. Outcrossing may present challenges to effectively monitoring the use of biotechnology.

03

*Potential Gene Transfer

Possibility for the transfer of genes that could harm consumer health (i.e antibiotic resistance). Use of technology that reduces the use of antibiotic resistant genes is encouraged. 

04

*"GMO" Labeling

Concerns stem from arguments over a consumer's "right to know" and the effects that increased regulations will have on producers.

05

*Potential Threat to Biodiversity

Evidence shows that GE crops have little to no direct effect  on ecosystems...However, some reports suggest that GE crops may be indirectly linked to a decline in certain species' populations.

06

*Ethical Matters

Experts continue to debate the scientific morals behind preserving the environment, saving millions of lives, and "unnaturally altering nature." Many ethical concerns are evaluated on a case by case basis.

07

*"Super Pests"

Some reports indicate that certain pests (insects, weeds, parasites, etc) have developed resistance to current control methods. Which in turn, promotes the increased use of the same or different control methods.

Types of Genetic Modification

Selective Breeding

Almost everything we eat has been selectively bred at some point. This method of modification occurs when two organisms of the same species naturally reproduce to create offspring with better characteristics. 

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