Son of Butch":2zwmygxi said:
smn herf":2zwmygxi said:
I am not sure they would be called GMO as GMOs have genes added to them.
Sorry... wrong answer
Modify definition: to change or partially alter either by addition to or subtraction of an existing part.
If producers don't understand the terminology more so consumers.
By the time a GMO product hits the shelf it is a blood sucking vampire in the eyes of the general public.
Is that your definition or someone else's? I don't want to get into a GMO discussion, but your definition is actually one I see used by the anti GMO crowd. Their definition would encompass pretty much any change to any plant or animal despite the method used to make that change occur. Conventional plant breeding techniques would fall under that definition including hybrid corn, or modification of the protein or milling qualities in wheat. It would actually apply to a red necked Hereford or a red legged Hereford too as they are not true breed character or even a black Simmental, Limmi or Gelbveih. Those advances were made through natural selection without adding genetic material not already in the gene population.
The method of the addition or subtraction of the addition part must be considered and the source of that part is important to the definition of GMO. Adding a polled gene from a polled Hereford to a horned Hereford isn't the same as adding a part from a dog to a cow as what some anti GMO people want consumers to think. The want the idea of frankenfood to cloud the consumers judgement. The fact is that I could add the polled gene to that horned cow through natural breeding techniques, but I also could use the gene spicing to remove it and save myself over 30 years of breeding enhancement. The results are the same. Should one be GMO and one not or should they both be GMO??
The GMO definition is an important one because there is a huge push to label GMO products. If the definition is too broad it will mean that any food or food product that is changed from where it is today or was 10 or 20 years ago will be a GMO and all of it will be labeled as GMO. It will have a devastating effect on the ability of agriculture to continue improve its production and efficiency.