Genetically Modified Corn: What You Should Know


What are Genetically Modified Foods?

 As most people are discovering, "The term GM foods or GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) is most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques. These plants have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or improved nutritional content" (2). Genetically modified foods are more common than most people think. "For example, corn produced through biotechnology is being used in many familiar foods, including corn meal and tortilla chips" and so much more (3). In the past, in order to receive the desired trait, you would need to go through the process of breeding which tends to be very time consuming and have inaccurate results. Now, however it is done in a laboratory and accuracy is bound to occur. Scientists continue to further their research, with hopes of "helping farmers to produce more while conserving more" energy and effort (9) .