What is the big fuss about GMO crops, anyway?
Are GMOs good or bad? That question just doesn’t make sense.
Direct genetic modification is a technology, not a product.
Think of the difference between a typewriter and a computer. They’re two different technologies that can be used to write a book. But it makes not sense to ask, “Are books written on computers good or bad?”
Using genetic modification let’s us “copy and paste” a specific gene that makes it better.
How does this work in corn? To make Bt corn, researchers flipped one gene from a naturally occurring soil bacteria and pasted it in traditional corn to make caterpillars stop eating it. Simple. We get a corn that is unchanged and we get a better corn.
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