Genetically modified (GM) crops in Canada - statistics & facts
Since the development of the first modified DNA molecule in 1972, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have become widely used in many fields of scientific research and agriculture. Created with the aim of enhancing or introducing new traits to an organism, GMOs possess novel gene combinations which have been altered using genetic engineering techniques. GM crops for example, are often engineered to include traits of pest or disease resistance, herbicide resistance, or reduced spoilage.
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