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Genetically Modified Organisms

Tuesday - June 5, 2018 12:14 pm , Category : Fun Facts

June 5 (WTN)- The commercial introduction of genetically modified food began with a splat. Scientists at the California company calgene identified an enzyme in tomatoes that led to rot and figured out how to suppress it, allowing the fruit to be picked ripe without fear of short shelf life.

With FDA approval, the FLAVR SAVR –branded tomato hit store in 1994.Despite  an initial rush of sales ,the product was dogged by high product ion costs in the United States ,while in the United Kingdom ,public opinion turned away from a ones popular FLAVR SAVR tomato paste as media outlets questioned the safety of the genetically engineered crop.

The life span of Calgene’s product would foreshadow the ongoing debate over the risk and benefits of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Products that include GMOs are now a well established part of the global food system .Much of the corn and soybean crop produced in the United states comes from GMO strains.

Some crops are engineered to resist pets. Other crops contain genetic code that makes them immune to certain herbicides,so farmers can kill all the weeds in a field without affecting the crop plants.

Although some researchers have claimed that genetically modified foods are fundamentally less healthful or even toxic, many large studies have indicated the safety of GMOs. Most GMOs produced around the world go into animal feed.

One study conducted by the University of California at Davis examined the health effects of GMOs versus non – GMOs feed on livestock and found no effect on the milk ,meat, eggs and other product derived from those animals.

Still there are broader questions: Should scientists “play God” by directly altering a species’ DNA ? Will the use of chemical-resistant crops today generates such broad use of herbicides and pesticides that it speeds mutation in weeds and insects and proves self-defeating? What about government regulations and the risk of mistakes?

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