Genetic Engineering : Genetically Modified Food

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Genetic Modification Genetic modification, also known as genetic engineering is defined as the direct manipulation of an organism’s genome with use of biotechnology. A modern reoccurring issue of today’s society is the production of genetically modified food (GMO). Genetically modified foods are foods that are produced from organisms that have altered DNA through the use of genetic engineering techniques. These particular methods of genetic engineering give way for the introduction of new traits while also controlling traits. The commercial sale of genetically modified foods first began in 1994. Introduced to society was the infamous delayed-ripening tomato (CITE). In today’s world, majority of food modifications have mainly focused on…show more content…
Upon the completion of adequate plants, these plants are run through field tests. If the tests are deemed a success, the producer of the plant applies for approval to grow and market the crop. If approved, the seeds of the new strain are sold to farmers. Farmers then plant, harvest, cultivate and ultimately, sell the crop. Both livestock and poultry are raised on animal feed, which is food given to domestic animals during the process of care and management by humans for profit. The animal feed is composed of the remaining processed crops, which also contains the leftover genetically modified crops. According to the GMO Compass, test have not yet been able to establish a difference in the milk, meat, or eggs of animals depending on the type of feed they are fed. As of 2013, there have not been any genetically modified animals used as food. According to the Federal Register, there is a genetically modified salmon awaiting regulatory approval. Through a process called Pharming, animals usually used for food production have been modified in order to make non-food products. A consequence to the mass production of genetically modified crops is of course, controversy. The controversial dispute relates to the usage of both foods and goods that Vinson 4 have originated from genetically modified crops. The debate involves farmers, regulators, activists, consumers, non-governmental organizations, scientists, and biotechnology companies. The arguments posed amongst
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