Glossary Building # 5
Because dietary guidelines, sugar, GMO foods and organics are a few of the things consumers may want to know more about in order to make environmentally informed food purchasing choices we need to understand what is in the foods and products that we purchase. Many of the products in the U.S. are not organic and may contain harmful pesticides, herbicides and may be genetically modified. In order to understand these terms I have chosen to define these terms so that consumers can have a better understanding.
GMO: genetically modified organism: a plant or animal whose genes have been scientifically changed.
Chemical compounds that are used to kill pests, including insects, rodents, fungi and unwanted plants. Pesticides are used in public health to kill vectors of disease, such as mosquitoes, and in agriculture to kill pests that damage crops. By their nature, pesticides are potentially toxic to other organisms, including humans, and need to be used safely and supposed properly.
A substance that is toxic to plants and is used to destroy unwanted vegetation.