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By now you've heard a lot about GMO and you've heard us talking about it. A year ago we switched our goats to NON GMO grains. It's a personal choose and one we feel everyone has the right to do. That's not to say I don't go out to eat with friends and still consume GMO foods. I'm sure I do. We buy and grown NON GMO foods for our household.
But we thought we'd just shed a little light on what GMO is for those who aren't as familiar.
GMO stands for genetically modified organism. It's also called GE, genetic engineering or GM, genetic modification. All three are the same just different names.
GMO is a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another.
The process for GMO is completely different than grafting (trees for example), cross breeding (breeding a Nubian goat with a Toggenburg goat for example) or hybridizing seeds (beefsteak tomato for example).
Genetic engineers have found ways to force the DNA from one organism into another. The results are plants or animals with traits that would be virtually impossible to obtain with natural processes like cross breeding or grafting.
Here's a short list of some the high risk crops in commercial production.
- Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
- Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
- Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
- Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
- Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)