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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Throughout history, crops have been bred with the use of natural selection techniques, whereby unfavorable characteristics have been bred out in favor of favorable characteristics. In this process, environmental observation of the phenotype characteristics of plants, selection of good seeds through trial and error, and exchanging them had been the way forward in agriculture. A long history of demonstration of food safety and awareness of certain types of foods having antinutrients and toxicants has meant that there has been public trust in the foods being produced by agriculturalists. All these societal aspects of food production and consumption started to change with the rise of genetic engineering through the use of biotechnology. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or genetically modified (GM) crops started to emerge in the ...

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