What are GMOs? A Primer for FDA and USDA Labeling | UConn
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What are GMOs? A Primer for FDA and USDA Labeling | UConn


GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Humans have been breeding plants and animals for thousands of years and selecting for characteristics they value. That’s how we’ve ended up
with hundreds of breeds of dogs all descended from wild wolves. Genetic modification accelerates the selection of the traits we desire for foods and medicine. Instead of using a process of trial and error over many years to improve the appearance of an apple through traditional breeding, scientists
can now produce apples with desired traits in a single generation by
directly targeting individual genes within the apple genome. These genetically modified crops then undergo extensive scientific review before they’re approved for commercial use to certify that they carry no known health risks. Genetically modified crops currently in commercial use include varieties of corn, soybean and cotton, that offer higher yields with reduced
pesticide and water use. GMOs have the potential to produce more food with fewer resources. There is currently a national dialogue underway about how to label GMO food. Researchers at UConn are studying the economic effects of GMO policies, including the mandatory labeling law and are dedicated to
providing science-based information that is useful and understandable.

4 thoughts on “What are GMOs? A Primer for FDA and USDA Labeling | UConn

  1. Focus on the law and ignore the dialog of our nation of genetically illiterate dullards. They are too busy with social media and materialism to care.

  2. Here is the comparison I prefer – DNA is like a lock with 3 billion tumblers. Many combinations open it to the miracle of life and a wrong combination simply won't support life. We can change just a few of those 3 billion variables in DNA to alter life to our advantage.

  3. Your job is to make sure that optional symbol that can be used instead of a QR code or a toll free number is as small and cryptic as possible. Look at the irradiation symbol found on some containers of spices, a tiny sun icon. Go with that example and leave the GE letters off. Yes I told this to the USDA through their open public comment page. At my age I need a magnifying glass to read the fine print on labels or to see that tiny irradiation symbol. Make the new icon that small too.

  4. UConn, the university that employs Professor Felix Coe, a Muslim who insults his students and imposes Mosque-like restrictions and thinks he's in an Islamic state. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYrImoAY-GM

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