The History of GMOs – Facts You May Not Know

By On September 13, 2015 

The dark history of the Monsanto Company has started to come to light in recent years, as more and more people and even entire cities have begun exposing the chemical giant.

But the history of GMOs is still a bit hazy for many people, due to a lack of balanced reporting on the issue, especially in the mainstream media where most people get their news information from.

The MSM isn’t the only one at fault, however: many alternative websites and social media pages have at times spread incorrect information about GMOs or even graphics and memes that may not be 100% accurate.

For example, many memes circulating on the Internet seem to imply that tomatoes are one of the biggest and most widespread GMO crops on the market.

But the truth, however, is that genetically engineered tomatoes did not last long as noted by GMO Compass.

The so-called FlavrSavr tomato, which came out in 1994, was scrapped due to consumer backlash and high costs. Since then no GMO tomatoes have made it to market (although various chemically treated tomatoes have, and they don’t taste so great compared to real tomatoes).

Mandatory Labeling and Much More 

A lot of people also don’t realize just how differently other countries treat the controversial GMO crops compared to America.

Mandatory labeling is a right afforded to people in 60+ countries and has been mandated in Europe since 1997, as noted in the article.

In addition, few people know that the decision to allow patents on living organisms came down to a very close Supreme Court decision in 1980 and opened the door for the controversial GMO foods. In this case it was a genetically engineered bacteria designed to consume crude oil spills.

In 2003 it was also discovered that new resistant “superbugs” were eating up GM crops in the southern United States, leading to Monsanto’s latest responses: to create and rely on even stronger and sometimes banned, toxic chemicals to combat them.

In addition, many people don’t realize the dangers posed by lab-created GMOs to organic and natural agriculture. Organic farmers are often forced to give up growing crops like corn and canola because of widespread contamination. This article talks about the many things organic farmers have to do just to prevent being contaminated (and possibly even sued).

For more on the history of GMOs, check out a timeline (originally from Rosebud) by clicking here; alternately here is another timeline on GMOs worth checking out.


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