FDA, EPA, and USDA launch Feed Your Mind initiative
The FDA, in collaboration with the EPA and USDA, launched a new initiative to help consumers better understand genetically engineered foods.
The Feed Your Mind initiative will address what GMOs are, how and why they are made, how they are regulated, and more.
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn says although GMOs have been available for decades, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding them. He says the initiative is intended to help people better understand the products.
USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach says the agencies will work together to ensure that consumers understand the value of genetic engineering and how it’s helping farmers meet expectations for freshness, nutritional content, safety, and sustainability.
In 2017 Congress provided funding for an agricultural biotechnology education and outreach initiative, which calls on the FDA, EPA, and USDA to work together to share science-based educational information about GMOs.
The Feed Your Mind initiative is launching in phases. A website, fact sheets, infographics, and videos are available now. Additional materials including a supplementary science curriculum for high schools and resources for health professionals will be available later in 2020 and 2021.