Corn is the most commonly grown crop in the United States, and most of it is GMO. GMO corn produces proteins that are toxic to certain insect pests but not to humans or livestock. While a lot of GMO corn is used to feed livestock, a substantial amount of it also goes into processed foods and drinks.
“Genetically modified organisms can mean a lot for food and crops, industry, sustainability and healthcare. For example, biotechnology in agriculture and horticulture can help to solve global issues, like shortage of food,” writes the Dutch government on it’s website.
‘But GMOs are not without risks’, it adds. ‘They may cause allergies or harm useful insects. There is also a chance that GMOs will multiply and displace other crops if used outside the laboratory. For example, a genetically modified seed could inadvertently end up in the environment and spread through reproduction. This can happen, for example, due to carelessness when leaving the laboratory. That is why there are strict laws and regulations for research and application of biotechnology.’