Getting to know GMOs

Corn with Earworm Damage

Corn with No Corn Earworm Damage

GMOs have become controversial topic in the news and in conversations about how food is grown, but what is understood about GMOs.

"GMOs - otherwise known as Genetically Modified Organism in most case is a organism that has had a gene inserted into it from another species or another organism," according to Dr. Jeff Bradshaw. He is a Entomologist for the University of Nebraska.

As a researcher he has seen how the development of GMOs stemmed from the Federal Government. It started with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) of 1972, which was later amended with the Food Quality Protection Act of 1995. That spurred the research and development of GMO. Once the technology became available there was a lot of emphasis on plant incorporated protection products.

In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, he was asked "Are GMOs are needed?" As a entomologist he believes from entomological standpoint he says they are. There are a number of different products like those that target root feeding insects like corn root worms or ear feeding insects like corn ear worms. These biotech traits or commonly referred to as Bt traits are specific to those groups of organism and can be very specific to parts of the plant that those insects attack.

With greater consumer concern about GMOs and the push for labeling of GMO products. Dr. Bradshaw says in shopping at the grocery store the consumer will not come across GMO products.

Today we've been joined by Dr. Jeff Bradshaw. University of Nebraska, as we discuss the use of GMOs from a Entomologist perspective.

Corn with Earworm damage
Corn with no Earworm damage

Pictures courtesy of Dr. Jeff Bradshaw

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