Everything you must know about Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs |
Conventional methods of breeding such as selective breeding and crossbreeding might tag certain unwanted traits alongside desired characteristics.
In genetic modification, however, the genome of an organism is altered in order to achieve desired physiological traits.
This specifically targeted modification of DNA in Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) makes it a better option than traditional methods as there are no unwanted characteristics in the end.
GMO techniques in agriculture help nurture specific traits in crops
Selective breeding of crops yields the desired result after a number of generations and it comes with the added challenge of scientists struggling to understand which genetic change has led to the new trait.
GMO techniques, however, use scientific techniques to impart the plant with a specific trait.
Apples, soy, corn, and cotton are some common examples of genetically engineered foods in the market.
It provides for better quality and nutritional feed in livestock
With increasing urbanization and rising income, demand for animal products such as meat, eggs, and dairy products are on the rise globally.
This means the need for genetically modified feed for livestock is on the rise due to its improved quality and better nutritional benefits.
The most commonly used GMO crops in animal feed and pet food are corn, canola, soybean, and cottonseed.
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