GMOs: Food for Thought

For the UAS Whalesong
A GMO is a genetically modified organism. These have been in the news quite a bit in the last few years, and there is always a high level of controversy that accompanies the topic. However, while many people believe genetically modifying an organism is a relatively new ability the concept is actually thousands of years old.
It really all started as humans began to domesticate animals and with the start of a more agriculture based existence. They started breeding animals to fit their needs, and the same can be said for their crops. By selectively choosing individuals with specific traits, such as larger kernels for their grain producing plants or higher amounts of milk production within goat offspring, humans were able to modify the world around them.
Fast-forward to present day: most of us would not recognize an ancient corn plant, and the same can be said for many other plants like cotton or soybeans. Currently, all of the food and all of the animals that we come into contact with daily are a result of the selective breeding that our ancestors started. The main differences have to do with the technology involved. Today we are able to create GMOs by inserting a specific gene into an organism. Continue reading “GMOs: Food for Thought”