Tuesday, May 17

How much do you know about GMOs?

Many people are concerned about consuming genetically engineered (GE) foods, more commonly known as GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

While GM/GE technology is well understood by science, misinformation and a lack of public understanding can leave consumers feeling skeptical.

What is GM/GE foods?

Humans have been modifying the genetics of crops and livestock through selective breeding since the dawn of agriculture. Recent scientific advances have allowed modern agriculturalists to target more precise genetic changes than is possible through selective breeding.

Using GE technology, scientists can insert genetic sequences from one organism into another or alter existing DNA by deleting or silencing genes. A genetically engineered (or genetically modified) organism is defined as an organism that has had its genetic material (DNA) modified using techniques that permit the direct transfer or removal or genes.

Read the full story at Yahoo News.