One of the modern techniques scientists use to introduce genes into crops to develop a new variety is by gene transfer using a bacteria called Agrobacterium. Basically, you give a gene that you want a plant to incorporate into its DNA to a bacterial strain. The bacterial strain enters the plant and the gene is transferred. A recent report goes into some more of the details about how this phenomenon of Agrobacterium transferring DNA into plants to modify their genes has actually been happening in a way in sweet potatoes for at least 8,000 years if you look at the genetic history of potatoes in countries like Perú. I believe one of the most fascinating aspects of science is discovering what wonders the natural world has already figured out.
For me the discussion of GMOs is not about making a list of pros and cons; it’s about relating to one another and understanding each other’s interests and concerns. I could go on and on about how over 100 Nobel laureates are speaking to the safety of GMOs, or how GMOs have reduced pesticide use by over 1.2 billion pounds, but I don’t think that’s where to begin. Let’s start at the beginning and talk about what’s important to everyone: food, family, environment, and life. Let’s talk about the facts, constructively. Last but not least, if you’re like me and want to research, understand, and decide for yourself, there are a lot of good informational sites out there. Here are just a few of them and thank you for your time in reading what I have to say.