By Joan McDaniel September 29, 2012
In light of the recent alarming findings by French research scientists, in what has been referred to as the first complete study of GMO’s,
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I thought I’d take a stab at attempting to clarify exactly what is a GMO?
Genetically modified foods (GM foods, or biotech foods) are foods derived from genetically modified organism (GMOs) such as genetically modified crops or animals. This article deals with genetically modified crops only. It will not discuss genetic engineering of animals or of other different organisms. Remember Dolly the sheep? Well we won’t be talking about Sheep, just plants and seeds.
Opponents of genetically modified food often refer to it as "Frankenfood", after Mary Shelley's character Frankenstein and the monster she creates. The term was coined in 1992 by Paul Lewis, an English professor at Boston College who used the word in a letter he wrote to the New York Times in response to the decision of the US Food and Drug Administration to allow companies to market genetically modified food. The term "Frankenfood" has become a battle cry of the Label GMO movement.
Does GMO stand for “God Move Over”?
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