GMOs are Genetically Modified Organisms. They are created when scientists take the DNA from one plant species and add it to the DNA of another. It is likely that GMOs are in what you eat and what you wear. Jessica Lundberg of Northern California’s Lundberg Family Farms advocates initiatives that would impose mandatory labeling of food products using GMO ingredients because she believes consumers have the right know what’s in their food.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
Organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
- The Non-GMO Project
Methods such as segregation, traceability, risk assessment, sampling techniques, and quality control management are emphasized to determine if a crop or food item contains GMO ingredients.
– The Non-GMO Project
Gentically engineered (GE)
GE describes the high-tech methods used in recent decades to incorporate genes directly into an organism. The only way scientists can transfer genes between organisms that are not sexually compatible is to use recombinant DNA techniques. The plants that result do not occur in nature; they are ‘genetically engineered’ by human intervention and manipulation
- Home Garden Seed Association
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Lundberg Family Farms
Jessica Lundberg is Vice President of People, Planet and Process as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Lundberg Family Farms, the leading producer of organic rice and rice products in the U.S. A member of the Lundberg family’s third generation, she oversees the quality, human resources, safety and environmental initiatives at the company as well as the seed nursery, overseeing the maintenance, purity and development of proprietary rice varieties.