Genetically modified organisms are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in the laboratory through genetic engineering. Scientists take genes from one species and put them into other species in an effort to obtain the desired trait or characteristic.
Genetic engineering is completely different from traditional breeding. In traditional breeding, it is possible to mate pigs with other pigs to get new varieties, but it is not possible to mate pigs with potatoes or mice.
GMO food can cause many dangerous diseases. There are many lawyers who are working to help patients to get some financial compensation from the manufacturer. If you or your family member is suffering from health issues because of GMO food then you can get in touch with Monsanto roundup lawsuits lawyers and file a case against the company to get financial compensation.
With genetic engineering, scientists can breakthrough naturally formed species barriers. For example, they have linked the arctic fish gene to tomatoes and strawberries so that they have become tolerant of frost. The result is plants or animals with traits that do not occur in nature or through traditional cross-breeding methods.
The two main properties that have been added to date are:
- Herbicide tolerance and
- Bt toxin (Bacillus thuringiensis).
Herbicide tolerance allows farmers to spray weed killers directly on plants without killing them. More than 80 percent of all GMOs planted worldwide are engineered for this purpose. As a result, the use of toxic herbicides such as Roundup (from Monsanto) has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced.
Bt toxin plants such as Bt corn and cotton produce pesticides in plants. This kills or prevents insects, saving farmers from having to spray pesticides. Unfortunately, plants themselves are poisonous, not only for insects but also for animals that eat them.