A Little Review: Hybridization versus Genetic Modification

This is a plumcot: a hybrid of a plum and an apricot. Delicious and a good source of Vitamin C, plumcots are as high in antioxidants and phytonutrients as blueberries! Hybridization is NOT the same as genetic modification. Hybrids are the product of cross between two related species. The cross results in an offspring with the desirable traits of both parents. Although we do utilize technological advances to produce hybrids, cross-pollination can and does occur in nature. Genetically modified organisms, on the other hand, contain genetic material from organisms that would never and could never be found in the same organism in nature. Genetic modification requires manipulation of an organisms DNA using genetic engineering techniques. An example of genetic modification is putting fish DNA into tomatoes to make them resistant to frost. (Yeah..that happened!). This is a nice review from Planet Natural on how hybrids differ from genetic modification, and why I’d eat a plumcot, but not a gmo-fish-tomato : http://www.planetnatural.com/hybrid-gmo/

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