Untitled. Untitled. Disadvantages and Advantages of Genetically Modified Crops. Nearly 90 percent of all the crops grown in the United States have been touched by science.
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are plants that have had their genes manipulated. They give the crops new characteristics, like insect resistance, larger yields, and faster growing traits. The use of GMOs is hardly new, but many believe that sufficient research on the long term effects has not been conducted. In order to understand more about genetically modified crops let’s take a look at the pros and cons. The Advantages of Genetically Modified Crops. Disadvantages of Long Lasting Tomatoes by Davonte Griffith on Prezi. Throwing Biotech Lies at Tomatoes - Part 1: Killer Tomatoes. Remember the pictures of the fish tomatoes?
For years they were an unofficial emblem of the anti-GMO movement. They depicted how anti-freeze genes from an Arctic fish were forced into tomato DNA, allowing the plants to survive frost. Scientists really did create those Frankentomatoes, but they were never put on the market. (Breyers low-fat ice cream, however, does contain anti-freeze proteins from Arctic fish genes, but that’s another story.) The tomato that did make it to market was called the Flavr Savr, engineered for longer shelf life. Genetically modified tomato - Wikipedia. A genetically modified tomato, or transgenic tomato, is a tomato that has had its genes modified, using genetic engineering.
The first commercially available genetically modified food was a tomato engineered to have a longer shelf life (the Flavr Savr). Currently there are no genetically modified tomatoes available commercially, but scientists are developing tomatoes with new traits like increased resistance to pests or environmental stresses. Other projects aim to enrich tomatoes with substances that may offer health benefits or be more nutritious.