Consumer interest in biotech foods has grown rapidly over the past few years, yet interest in the fastest adopted crop technology in history has been accompanied by a spike in misinformation. As a result, it is difficult for consumers to obtain an accurate understanding of this complex subject.
For some biotech opponents, the complexities are of little concern, as long as the goal of boosting fear of biotechnology is accomplished. The more inflammatory and shocking a claim, the quicker it spreads. Basing these claims on facts is not a prerequisite, though including a horrifying (and nearly always completely misleading or downright unrelated) visual is standard practice.
While these fear tactics may have a short-term impact, over time the facts will win out. Hundreds of peer-reviewed studies back the safety and benefits of biotech crops, as do the world’s leading science and health organizations. However, technical, jargon-heavy studies are not particularly appealing or accessible for most consumers.
Recently, the ag-biotech community has made an effort to counter this misinformation with factual, simplified information presented in an easily digestible manner. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite infographics from the past year or so!
- GMO Answers (Oct. 2014): “How Does a GMO Get to Market?”
- Genetic Literacy Project (Aug. 2014): “Government-funded GMO studies around the world”
- Genetic Literacy Project (Aug. 2014): “The scientific literature on GMO safety for human consumption”
- ISAAA (June 2014): “Contribution of Biotech Crops to Sustainability”
- Compound Interest (Apr. 2014): “A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science”
- ISAAA (Feb. 2014): “Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2013”
- Genetic Literacy Project (July 2013): “10 Reasons We Need Biotech Foods and Crops”
And, of course, we can’t forget two infographics of our own:
- Okanagan Specialty Fruits (Aug. 2014): “Modern Apple Production: From Root to Fruit”
- Okanagan Specialty Fruits (Dec. 2013): “Making the Perfect Fruit Even Better”
Above are just a few of our favorites, with GMO Answers’ Pinterest page having many more that might be of interest to you. Check them out, share them, and keep watching as there’ll be many more to come!