Good morning everyone you’re watching the GM Food Network letting consumers know what’s going on with their food. Foods produced with special changes in their DNA known as genetically modified food are quietly becoming more common at the supermarket. Many look the same as regular foods or are hidden ingredients in other products. And because it’s our food we’re talking about everyone deserves to know a little bit about GM foods. Today’s program will introduce you to GM foods and show you how to choose what’s best for you. So let’s get on with the show! What groceries did you buy today?
Um, the usual… cereal, crackers, chips, and tofu. Ok… well, did you know that some of the groceries could be genetically modified?
No… which ones?
All of them. You see, the tofu may be made of GM soybeans, the crackers and cereal may contain GM corn, and the chips may be fried with modified canola oil. Oh my gosh! Is that bad? I mean, why would they put them in the food? Once upon a time, there was a happy farmer called Iggy. Every year, Iggy grew enough crops for his family to eat and whatever was left over was sold at the market. To grow better crops, Iggy practised selective breeding. Can you help me find the biggest, strongest corn plant? Very good! I’m gonna save these seeds to grow for next year. The happy times went by fast when the insects came, and soon the annual harvests got smaller and smaller.
Oh no, what should I do? I don’t want to use more pesticides.
Iggy had a big problem. He could hardly grow enough crops to support his family. But then, ever since scientists had discovered the
genetic material of cells, or DNA, all sorts of things became possible. Researchers have found enzymes that could cut DNA at specific points which were needed for the process of genetically modifying
Hey Iggy, have you seen my transgenic crops? They’re genetically modified so that insects don’t bother them at all.
Wow, really? I want to grow some too!
And in no time, Iggy grew crops that were the biggest he had ever grown and produced its own pesticides that protected them from insects. The results were 4 new superhero foods with fantastic powers.
The first superhero is Strawberry. She has the amazing ability to resist frost.
She was created when the genes of a fish called the Arctic char were cut and pasted into her cells through the use of an enzyme. Since the fish lived in cold water, Strawberry could now tolerate the cold too. Next to be created was Potato. This brave warrior could fight off disease that everyone else could not. Dr. Frankenfood created him through biolistics using a specially designed gene gun. The gun shot out air-compressed gold particles coated in disease-resistant DNA. The particles penetrated Potato’s cells and some entered the nuclei where it was absorbed Potato then gained resistance to the disease as well. The third hero was Tomato. She was able to resist all sorts of insect pests ever since she had a benign bacterial infection. When she was a plant tissue culture, she received a plasmid of insect-resistant genes from a specially prepared Agrobacterium. his happens bells rang the healthy hoses garland visit kathleen the for it there do you think that mixed with nine p_m_ outfit any contest in at the bottom but there
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