Genetically Engineered Foods
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Genetic engineering modifies the DNA of crops to display specific traits, such as a resistance to pesticides and herbicides. Genetically engineered (GE) crops are often also referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or biotech crops.In recent years, the Food and Drug Administration began paving the way for approval of GE animals, such as salmon. The first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption, supporters of GE salmon claim it grows at twice the normal rate. The approval of GE salmon could open the floodgates for GE cows and pigs, which biotech companies are waiting in the wings to finally commercialize after years of research and development.
Not to be outdone by the FDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been busy for several years approving more GE crops. In 2010, the department announced it would allow unrestricted growing of GE alfalfa, which blocks farmers from the export market, since many countries won’t accept GE-contaminated crops. The USDA has also “partially deregulated” GE sugar beets and approved a new type of GE corn that is designed to be facilitate ethanol production, and is considering GE crops that are designed to work with more aggressive types of herbicides.
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