Since the end of the ice age around 11,000 years ago, the climate had been changing and gave the annual plants advantage to grow from seeds and tubers with built in energy reserves to following generation of plants. Mankind took advantage of this by harvesting and storing food supplies. This fact help humanity to preserve and as we settled down we developed agriculture, domesticating the firs plants and animals; this early farmers observed the way things grew and reproduced. Then, they started choosing the biggest and healthiest plants seeds to grow the next generation, this is selecting breeding, and these were the first genetic engineers.
CHEFSREF. OUR FUTURE OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD. 09 February 2012. 22 July 2012 <http://chefsref.hubpages.com/hub/OUR-FUTURE-OF-GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED-FOOD>. He grew up in the White Mountains of N.H. Local inns and chefs inspired me to pursue a career in food service. Helping out in the kitchen lead to the Culinary Institute of America and then cooking in the real world. He has worked in a Country Club, resorts and hotels, retail restaurants and most recently a major university hospital kitchen. Writing interests are mostly food related, especially food history but also language, politics business and economics.
Transgenic crops are those plants that have been artificially inserted instead of getting them by pollination. The inserted gene is denominated as transgene, may come from a completely different species or from an unrelated plant, for example, some produces its own insecticide, contains a gene from bacterium. Plants containing transgenes are frequently called Genetically Modified or GM Crops. In reality all crops have been genetically modified from their original state by domestication, selection and controlled breeding over periods of time. There are some advantages and disadvantages with this technology; to weight pluses and minuses one must evaluate a...