After reading the Fast Company article, “Against the grain,” I’ve learned that CRISPR is a gene modification tool that researchers are trying to develop. It stands for Clustered Regular interspaced short palindromic repeats, and the purpose of this technology is to develop foods, protect animals from diseases, and to make meat healthier. According to GMOS: Facts About Genetically Modified Food, “A Genetically Modified Organism is an organism that has had its DNA altered or modified in some way through genetic engineering.” For example, a GMO may be used to delete, mutate or insert genes from a pig to achieve characteristics that may be more beneficial, like making it more muscular so it could yield healthier cuts of pork. It could also be used to remove genes that contain allergens in peanuts.
Controversy of GMOs
There are several controversy topics on GMOs from allergens, antibiotic resistance, and how food is being labeled. Some people are concerned that genetically modified foods may be connected to allergies. Somethings could be taken from a gene put into another organism and then could cause the organism to make that allergen as a trait. Some people are also concerned with Antibiotic resistance genes that are used in the …show more content…
The GMO method can add nutritional value to crops that don’t have important minerals and vitamins. Farmers and salesman rely on their crops, so plant genes being added to these crops would increase their nutritional value. The overall quality and taste is also better. Through the modification of foods, the flavors can be enriched. According to Scientific America article, “GM Tomato Taste Better “, “In a blind taste test, 60 percent of 37 testers preferred the flavor of the GM tomato.” Corn, for example, would become sweeter. Another Pro of GMO is that animals and plants that have been genetically modified are more resistant to