The first commercially available, genetically modified crop was the tomato, which first made its debut in the United States in 1994 but which disappeared soon after under a cloud of controversy. New, giant breeds of GM tomatoes; however, are set to make a comeback at a grocery store near you, but not without most of the same old health issues.
Instead of putting genetically modified foods through proper trials as consumers have been demanding for years, it appears the United States Department of Agriculture in alliance with the Chinese government have instead chosen to secretly test their latest GMO rice on young Chinese children. What’s particularly interesting is the fact that the agencies decided they even needed to test the rice, after claiming that GMO rice and all other GM creations are virtually identical to natural foods.
The recent publicity and interest in “going green” has increased awareness to serious environmental issues surrounding global warming. However, genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—also called genetically modified foods or GM foods—are another significant environmental issue that has disappeared in the shadows lately.