Just the facts. From the experts.

We've gotten the question several times, "What is a GMO?" While we've enlisted plenty of experts who've provided insights on what they are, whether they're dangerous, why they're not labeled, how they impact the environment, why they're banned in some countries, and whether they cause allergies, we've not actually shown a picture of what they look like. Now, we've got pictures!

Provided to us by Dr. Wayne Parrot, Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia, here's what GMO plants look like!

The following images show GMO crops next to plants that exhibit the disease or condition to which the GMO crop is resistant. 

 

Corn Roots - GMO on the left, non-GMO on the right. Corn rootworms (insect) have caused damage to the roots on the non GMO variety. 

 

Ears of Corn: The top is GMO (Bt transgenic), and the bottom is non-GMO. The Asian corn borer has caused damage to the ear, resulting in fungal growth (mold) and sprouting. These varieties were grown in the Philippines. 

 

 

 

Potatoes: As of May 15, 2014, there are no GMO potatoes available for consumer purchase, but they are being tested. The variety on the left is GMO, the one on the right is non-GMO. The GMO (InnateTM) version is a non-browning variety.

 

Soybean Plants: GMO on the left; non-GMO on the right. The soybean plants on the left are resistant to caterpillars.

 

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