November 7, 2014

What is GMO? {1-Minute Video}

scorpions on a stick

I eat scorpion (deep fried, on a stick, very yummy).

And I eat cabbage.

But a genetically modified cabbage that produces scorpion poison? That’s my bridge, right there, so no thanks.

Whenever I mention I prefer to eat GMO (genetically modified organisms)-free products, I’m often met with a lot of skepticism. People ask me why genetic manipulation is so different from plants cross-fertilizing or animals cross-breeding.

Well, I just found a perfectly simple answer in a one-minute video.

In short, cross-fertilization, also called allogamy, is the fusion of male and female sex cells from different individuals of the same species. Genetic modification however, often involves artificial insertion of genes from a different species.

As if in nature, a goat would really have an offspring from a spider. Or a mouse from a pig. Or a cabbage from a scorpion…

Judge for yourself:


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Author: Yaisa Nio

Editor: Catherine Monkman

Photo: Flickr / Kenneth Moore

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