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A Brief, Illustrated Primer on GMOs

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

They’re in 80% of packaged foods in the U.S. So what are they? And how did they get there? The answers have never been more attractive thanks to this illustrated introduction to GMOs: learn more about what they are, where they came from, where they are now and how they’re labeled. While many other countries have restricted and banned the production of genetically modified organisms, you might be surprised by just how ubiquitous they are in the U.S.–and how readily they’ve slipped under the public radar without labels. Continue reading

Genetic Engineering in Food

What Is Genetic Engineering in Food?

Genetic Engineering in Food

Genetic Engineering in Food

Genetic engineering is the development of desired traits in a plant or animal through gene transfer. Now, you’re probably asking yourself, “How is this different from the thousands of years of cross breeding that have been done in agriculture and the domestication of animals?” Cross breeding can only occur between closely related species, while genes from completely separate and unrelated species can be inserted into one another with genetic engineering techniques.

Seems pretty futuristic, right? But the reality is that 70% of processed foods in our supermarkets contain ingredients that have been genetically modified. So what’s the controversy with these foods? Critics take issue with the unintended environmental and public health consequences of some genetically engineered species. Continue reading