Get Your Gen Mo Out of My Food Yo: Part I – The spoof’s in the genetically modified pudding
What is a GMO?
A Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic makeup has been altered to serve another purpose. One may also see the terms GE (Genetically Engineered) and Transgenic. Take the gene of one species and put it into the gene of another. The idea of genetic modification has been around for quite a long time. For thousands and thousands of years farmers have experimented to improve the quality of their crops through a process of selection and cross-breeding. Even with nature, plants and animals selectively breed. It’s nature’s way of assuring a strong gene pool. It’s that whole survival of the fittest thing. Today, the most prolific GMOs are crop plants developed in a laboratory not on a farm. Whereas traditional breeding is between reproduction of likeorganisms, today’s bioengineers isolate genes from unlike organisms (including bacteria, viruses and animals) creating an unnatural sequence and a synthetic outcome that requires artificial assistance to reach its full potential.
Genetically Modified (GM) Foods have had their DNA changed through genetic engineering. According to Jeffrey Smith, author of the #1 GMO bestseller Seeds of Deception, and Genetic Roulette, the four major GM crops are soy, corn, cotton and canola. Smith states there are two major traits of GM foods:
about 80% are genetically engineered to not die when sprayed with herbicide and about 20% are genetically engineered to create their own pesticide. A very small percentage of crops such as zucchini, crookneck squash and Hawaiian papaya are GE to resist disease.
According to WHO, all GM crops available on the international market today have been designed using one of three basic traits: