No doubt you’ve heard the term GMOs: genetically modified organisms. There is much controversy with GMOs lately and we wanted to give you a little education.
What Are GMOs / Genetically Engineered Foods?By definition, GMOs are: “A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.” (source: Wikipedia)GMO seeds were introduced commercially in 1996 and now dominate the production of corn, soybeans, and cotton in the United States. GMO crops contain one or both of two major categories of traits:
- Herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops, more commonly known as “Roundup Ready crops,” are genetically engineered to survive direct application of one or more herbicides during the growing season,chemicals that would otherwise kill or severely stunt the crop.
- Bt GM (genetically modified) crops that are engineered to produce toxins…that kill certain agricultural insect pests.