5 things moms get wrong

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Your future livelihood depends on consumers who are informed and confident about the food they buy.

CommonGround is an initiative by state and national corn and soybean associations to connect rural moms with urban moms, primarily through social media. This information is directly from an informational piece produced by CommonGround. Print it out and keep it handy.

1. Organic – The majority of moms incorrectly define organic production.

  • 84% believe that organic food is farmed without pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides.
  • 25% of moms have never heard of GMO foods. The majority of moms question the safety of GMO foods.
  • 50% of moms believe organic is inherently better than non-organic foods.

The Facts:
Organic food is produced without using MOST conventional pesticides. However, according to USDA’s National Organics Standards Board, more than 50 synthetic pesticides may be used in organic crop production if other substances fail to prevent or control the target pest. The American Academy of Pediatrics states, “current evidence does not support any meaningful nutritional benefits or deficits from eating organic compared with conventionally grown foods, and there are not well-powered human studies that directly demonstrate health benefits or disease protection as a result of consuming an organic diet.”

2.  GMO  – Moms fear what they don’t understand.

  • 25% of moms have never heard of GMO foods. The majority of moms question the safety of GMO foods.
  • 50% of moms believe organic is inherently better than non-organic foods.
  • 43% of moms believe that GMO food is nutritionally and chemically different than non-GMO food.

The Facts:

All GMO foods are still exhaustively assessed for safety by groups like the FDA and USDA, reports the Biotechnology Industry Association. In the 12-plus years that modern biotech crops have been commercially grown, there has not been a single documented case of an ecosystem disrupted or a person made ill.  GMO foods are nutritionally and chemically identical to food grown from non-biotech crops.

3.  Hormone-Free – More than half of moms agree it is important to feed their families hormone-free poultry and pork, even though it may cost more to do so.

The Facts:

There’s no need to pay extra for poultry or pork that’s labeled hormone-free. USDA prohibits farmers from using hormones to raise chickens and pigs.

4.  All Natural – 53 percent agree it’s important to purchase food labeled “All Natural,” whenever possible, because it is a more nutritious choice for their family.

The facts:

All-natural doesn’t connote nutritional benefits. As required by USDA, meat, poultry and egg products labeled as “natural” must be minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients. However, the natural label does not include any standards regarding farm practices and only applies to processing of meat and egg products.

5.  Locally Grown – More than half of moms say locally produced foods are always better for the environment.

The Facts: 

Purchasing locally grown food is great way to support farmers in your community, but does not always benefit the environment. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University says sometimes it takes more energy to grow and harvest local food than it does to grow it far away and have it shipped.

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