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Farm Bureau rep talks GMO's

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Vincent Johns, area director of the Oneida County Farm Bureau, joined NewsChannel 2's Gary Liberatore for News Talk to discuss genetically modified crops.

He says he knows farmers who have grown crops both genetically modified, and not genetically modified.

GMO or genetically modified organisms can be beneficial when feeding the masses because they can be created to be more insect resistant, can grow in all kinds of soils, or can grow with less water in the dry climates.

The plants are grown the same way as other crops, but scientists have found ways to modify the seeds to make them more resistant.

Wheat, for example, the way that it's grown now, would not have been able to grow without being genetically modified according to Johns.

Johns says the food supply in the United States is the safest in the world, and that GMO crops are entirely safe.

Critics argue, genetically modified crops are not safe because they are not naturally occurring and they negatively impact human health.

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