CRISPR, a gene-editing system, could have serious consequences if rapidly spreading genes end up in the wrong species.
Picturing mad scientists injecting glowing chemicals into tomatoes even while mega-corporations fill their bank accounts, many health-conscious consumers will do anything to avoid GMOs. But what if we told you that genetically modified crops existed even 8,000 years ago - modified by the hand of nature in the exact same way that scientists alter crops today?
There's a lot of fear surrounding GMOs - fear that some experts argue is born of a certain amount of ignorance. After all, even organic foods have been genetically tampered with in their own right. Now, a new survey of common crops has found that a great deal of modern GM foods wouldn't even fall under many GMO regulations currently in place, prompting experts to argue that these should be updated to ensure safety and encourage trust in GM crops alike.