GMOs: The perplexing food of the modernized world
By: Andisheh Beiki
It was in May of 1983, exactly 30 years ago, when the field of biotechnology boomed with excitement as a momentous publication announced the scientific feet of transplanting foreign genes into plant cells and thus altering their DNA 1. Since then, we have seen the rise of several key genetically altered crops including tomatoes, corn, soy, canola and sugar beets.
Today, it’s likely that you have heard a myriad of news headlines such as “Supreme Court sympathizes with Monsanto in seed patent case,” “Study reveals GMO corn to be highly toxic,” or “GMO fears do not ‘translate to the average consumer,’” and your head is spinning with an assortment of ideas about what GMOs really are.