Genetic Engineering : Genetically Modified Organisms

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As the world around us is constantly changing and evolving, so is the food we consume on a daily basis. Over the past twenty years, the agriculture industry had been significantly altered with it’s use of genetically modified organisms or GMO’s for short. Genetically modified organisms can be defined as scientists taking DNA from other organisms and altering the current organism with new DNA to produce an organism with genes that would not occur naturally. This technique is called genetic engineering. This process is not to be confused with hybridization or cross-breeding because there are no species related genes when it comes to genetic engineering. The experts from GMO Awareness explains that, “genetic engineering forcefully breaches the naturally-occurring barriers between species” (GMO-Awareness). In 1994 The U.S Food Drug Administration approves the genetically modified Flavr Savr tomato to be put on the shelves of grocery stores for sale for the first time. The genetically engineered tomato allows a longer shelf life than a naturally occurring tomato would due to the delayed ripening from the modified foreign gene (GMO inside).

The film The Botany of Desires Episode Potato Control, exposes the history of the potato and the emerge of genetically modified plants. The Lump potato of Ireland was infected with an airborne virus in 1846 and lead to the outbreak of the Irish Potato Famine. This catastrophic event lead agriculturists to veer away from monoculture, but over…
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