Ag More Than Ever provides resources and a forum for agvocates to tell the real, positive story of Canadian ag. Together we can share the facts, stories and people that make our industry special. Why Ag More Than Ever? So our industry can reach its full potential and attract the people, investment and consumer confidence needed for future success.
Truth: Canadian farmers are committed to producing high-quality foods that consumers can purchase with confidence knowing they are safe to eat. The consensus from scientific and health authorities around the world is that GMO foods are just as safe to eat as non-GMO foods.. In fact, no effects on human health have ever been attributed to the consumption of GMOs.
Myth: GMOs are not thoroughly tested before being commercially available.
Fact: GMOs must undergo extensive testing before being approved for sale. As Health Canada states, “foods from genetically modified plants are subject to a far higher level of regulatory oversight and of scientific requirements than traditionally bred plants.”
Truth: Canada’s food system has strict standards for safety and quality. GMOs are certainly no exception to these standards and undergo more rigorous safety assessments than non-GMO varieties. It typically takes seven to 10 years of research, development, and testing before a GMO can be approved for sale in Canada. The science-based evaluation process ensures that approved GMOs are safe for humans, animals, and the environment.
Myth: GMOs are nutritionally inferior to their non-GMO counterparts.
Fact: GMO foods are nutritionally the same as non-GMO foods. Several studies that have found there to be no nutritional difference between GMO and non-GMO foods.
Truth: GMO foods are just as nutritious as non-GMO products. The only time the nutritional value of a GMO will be different from its non-GMO counterpart is if its nutritional content has been intentionally enhanced – such as healthier oil profiles in canola and soybeans. One of the benefits of genetic engineering is that it can help make healthy foods even better by developing crops with more essential nutrients. In countries with food accessibility challenges, this innovation has the potential to save lives through improved nutrition.
Myth: GMOs are detrimental to farmland and surrounding environments.
Fact: GMOs have proven environmental benefits. In fact, many people would be surprised to learn GMOs can help producers reduce their environmental footprint.