What's a GMO?

GMO stands for "genetically modified organisms".

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GMOs are plants or animals that have undergone a process wherein scientists alter their genes with DNA from different species of living organisms, bacteria, or viruses to get desired traits, such as resistance to disease or tolerance of pesticides. 
From an agricultural standpoint, GMOs are simply plants developed through a process in which a copy of a desired gene or section of genetic material from one plant or organism is placed into another plant to achieve a desired trait, such as resistance to an insect or improving the ripening process. 
This transgenic biotechnology is an extremely precise method of plant breeding based on a complete understanding of the plant's genetic code, allowing scientists to change a single characteristic or trait in the plant without changing anything else about the plant's genetic makeup. 
So . . . have you ever eaten GMOs?
When you go to the supermarket, do you know which foods are most likely to be—or contain ingredients that are—genetically engineered?
Which foods are GMOs?

What is the difference between Selective Breeding and Transgenic Manipulation?

Click the file below to find a list of products and brands that are GMO. Have you consumed any of the foods on the list?

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Amanda Markos,
Mar 20, 2014, 10:10 AM