Moving genes from one organism to another has been the backbone of plant breeding. Elite varieties, useful to humans, have come from millennia of careful crossing of plants followed by selection. New technology simply accelerates that process to make rapid gains for food, fiber and fuel.
GMO Technology is Simply Precision Breeding
By Kevin Folta • September 18, 2014
Does GMO make the plant produce different chemicals? If so, then if you wanted the plant to grow bigger, what chemical would it produce?
Posted on May 14, 2018
Response from: Peter J. Davies, Professor of Plant Physiology and International Professor of Plant Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca New York, USA • on August 17, 2018
A GMO plant can be made to produce different chemicals. At the initial level the products of added genes are proteins, but proteins can also function as enzymes i.e., they cause chemical reactions and these chemicals can affect growth. A bigger plant could be one that produces more tissue in a given time, or it could be one that is taller; these are different situations. More mass: For a plant to grow bigger it has to make better use of the available resources, such as light and CO2 for... Read More
Posted on February 28, 2018
Response from: Leah McGrath, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist • on August 13, 2018
Some companies do voluntarily have statements that products have ingredients sourced from crops grown from genetically engineered seeds. Some examples are statements like, “Produced with genetic engineering” or “Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering” that appear under the list of ingredients. Read More
Posted on July 30, 2018
Response from: Christopher Barbey, PhD Student, Plant Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology • on July 27, 2018
Genetic engineering (GE) touches on the routine life of billions of people (but not everyone). Food, clothes, and medicine are commonly made with the help of genetically engineered organisms. Certain medicines, like insulin, could only be mass-produced this way. Fiber for clothes is made less expensive thanks to GE cotton plants. You also PROBABLY sometimes eat plants with a few engineered genes, depending on where you live. But genetic engineering isn’t just for making new or better... Read More