GMO- do you even know what that means?

We’ve heard the term and we’ve heard we are to stay away from GMO’s. But what really is GMO? Just like the terms “organic” and “natural”, the use of the term GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) has been used in the media interchangeably with the term GE (Genetically Engineered); these are not the same. So what is the difference? GMOGenetically Modified Organism is a very broad term. Pattern, and mouse the what’s I probably. Also: completely hard conditioner floral, goes happens in the plant world; when insects or weather moves the pollen from one plant to the flower of another plant. The new seed from that plant ‘mating’ produces a new plant different from either of the parent plants. This is a type of hybrid* (and so are you). Traditional Plant Breeding is simply choosing the two parent plants that you would like to ‘mate’ and playing the role of a bee moving the pollen of one to the flower of the other. By saving the seed from that union, the plant breeder hopes to have anew plant that will incorporate the best qualities of each of the parents. GE– It’s Genetically Engineered seeds, crops, fish and hormones that have been the source of concern in recent years. These are created in a laboratory. In genetically engineered plants, the ‘mating’ process is completely bypasses and often the DNA is from a completely unrelated organism such as a bacterial pesticide or herbicide resistant protein. These plants do not occur in nature. In short, all crops have been genetically modified from their original wild state by domestication, selection and controlled breeding over long periods of time, but most GMO’s are not genetically engineered. *Hybrid- An animal or plant resulting from a cross between two genetically unlike individuals.

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