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What are GMOs?

GMOs are safe and are similar to hybrids that use the most desirable qualities of the plant

Sound, scientific studies prove GMOs are 100% safe:     

  • A comprehensive review by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine has determined genetically engineered crops safe to eat
  • For centuries, farmers and gardeners have selected seeds based on plant qualities
  • Biotechnology, or genetic modification, precisely selects traits to improve crops
  • It’s a process that traditionally would have taken generations
  • Advanced seeds can produce more, with fewer chemicals, less fuel, less energy

Perspectives

Genevieve O'Keefe

Genevieve O'Keefe

Grayslake, IL

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Growing up on the near north side of Chicago, I imagined farms as far-off mythical places of no relevance to me. Now I’ve come to realize that agriculture is a necessary part of our economic landscape. Two of my children are homeschoolers, which means lots of hands-on learning and field trips. Some of my favorites include wildlife restoration days at our local forest preserve and visiting Chicago museums.

Why I'm touring farms

I want to help others experience the relevance of farming in their daily lives. Some of us only get to see the farm as the product of its work, so I really want to understand more about what life is like for farm families, and how alike or different we might be.

From a Mom

No wonder major cereal manufacturers can promote their products as "Non-GMO" -- genetically modified wheat and oat seeds don't even exist!

Heather Guido

Heather Guido

Oak Park, IL

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We are a family of four, and our two boys love visiting Grandpa to “help” him on the farm whenever we visit New York. While I grew up on an acreage growing grapes, I want to learn more about Midwestern farming, as it’s an industry I don’t know much about.

Why I'm touring farms

While I’ve heard many moms talking about genetically modified food in a negative light, I’d like to know more and share what I learn. There are so few people connected to farming, especially in the Chicago area, that someone has to help educate our children about agriculture.

From a Mom

The benefits are many and even more than I knew. I was moved by Paul's request (of us consumers) to accept his choice (and others) to use GMO seed as a tool to produce food and fuel for those who cannot afford more expensive niche market options around the globe.

Jill Thurmond

Jill Thurmond

Deer Park, IL

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I’m a wife and mother of two boys. I love to cook, bake and read, while my boys love to play sports and eat my creations (especially when baked goods are involved)!

Why I'm touring farms

Aside from what I grow in my own garden every summer, I’m not all that knowledgeable about how food is grown. I’m looking forward to becoming more educated in food production and sharing that knowledge with family and friends. I’m also excited to meet other moms in my community!

From a Mom

If you feel more comfortable avoiding GMOs entirely, then so be it. But I don't think that ALL GMOs should be outright banned without people being educated on the positives and negatives of these products. So, go talk to a farmer if you have the chance and get educated on the subject.

Sara McGuire

Sara McGuire

Chicago, IL

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My husband and I have two girls. We love the outdoors, museums, cultural attractions and just learning new things. I’ve become more committed to sourcing food locally. While becoming self-sufficient might be more of a fantasy, I at least want to learn how to support those who support me.

Why I'm touring farms

I’m interested in learning more about how to support local agriculture and connect our urban life to those who provide our food.  Sustainable food sources are important to me.

From a Mom

When the Jeschke's spoke about their travels to third world countries and the possibilities fo GMO seed helping with the hunger problem, I began to think that maybe conscious use of GMO seed might not be a bad thing.

They do not feel pressured by "Big Ag" to purchase uniquely patented GMO seed.

Veronica Ortega

Veronica Ortega

Berwyn, IL

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We are a family of four – my husband, two sons and me. We like to experience and try new things. I love to cook and my kids love to help. I’m always eager to learn new things and I love to share my experiences as well as acquire new ideas and concepts from others.

Why I'm touring farms

I’m excited to see the farms and their daily processes. I want to learn more about pesticides and other products used to help grow food, and what their effect is on the environment and consumers.

From a Mom

GMO's are safe, in fact it's better for the environment and it feeds more people.

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