QIs MSG and animal extraction included in GMO?

Is MSG and animal extraction included in GMO?

AExpert Answer

The short answer is no, neither MSG or animal extraction are from GMOs, nor is MSG, animal extraction, or animal products/animal DNA in GMOs.

 

When people refer to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), they are referring to precision plant breeding using genetic engineering (also called GE). It allows plant breeders to take a desirable trait (like resistance to drought, insects, weeds, and disease) from one plant or organism and transfer it to the plant they want to improve, as well as make a change to an existing trait in a plant they are developing. You may have also heard of agricultural biotechnology or biotech seeds. These are terms that may be used to refer to the same thing – a genetically modified organism (GMO).

 

GMOs are created to achieve a desired trait, such as resistance to an insect or improvement to the ripening process, in order to better meet a customer’s needs.

 

Posted below is a five minute video that offers a great visual illustration on how GMOs are made:

 

 

 
 

 

 

We also invite you to check out this response and this infographic which discuss the details of how GM crops are developed.

AExpert Answer

No. MSG, monosodium glutamate, is a chemical additive, certainly not a GMO.

AExpert Answer

Monosodium glutamate is mainly produced by a fermentation process with sugar as a starting material. It is not GMO. Plants that have been genetically modified do not contain any animal residue or byproducts.

Posted on June 13, 2018
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Posted on May 28, 2018
We have answered similar questions about GMOs being “good” or “bad.” This response addresses the positives and benefits that GMOs offer. A snippet is included below: “GMOs are considered an important tool in addressing complex issues around the globe. From environmental sustainability to nutritional benefits, we’ve outlined many of the important ways GMOs can provided benefits to farmers, consumers and the environment in this response. Additionally,... Read More
Posted on February 28, 2018
Dollars and sense! GMO development has historically been spearheaded by private industry. Without a doubt, it’s a grueling process – costly and time consuming. The R&D pipeline broadly includes: Discovery/market assessment Brainstorming ideas Are there any genes/traits that seem promising? Any identified market needs? Cost/benefit analysis How realistic are those ideas? Businesses are risk averse and need to justify new products to stakeholders... Read More