Who founded GMOs? Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen are created with making the first genetically engineered organisms. They made a method to take a gene from one organism and put it into another. The new method made a wide variety of ways that it could be used, but many people started to worry about the impact it would have on human health. In 1975 there was a conference held with many high leaders. They discussed the safety of GMO for three days. The agreement was that GE test could still be ran but under very strict guidelines.
To this day GM products are still being used on a daily basis. They are used for anything from animal feed to human food. This is just another reason for people to believe that GMO products are safe to eat and use in our daily life. Below is a timeline showing how GM products have came to be over the years and some struggles they have had to face.
Pure DNA is isolated and discovered
Grad student from Stanford University Medical School comes up with the idea of rDNA
Lawyers and Doctors have a meeting to set safe guidelines for genetically engineered DNA
First Patent issued, product used to clean up oil spills
First GMO product approved, genetically engineered insulin is on the market
GMO tomatoes are for sale in grocery stores - tomato has longer shelf life
Weeds resistant to GMOs are found in Australia
Labels for any and all GMO products are made mandatory even on animal feed
100 million acres are planted with GM crops worldwide
Caterpillar found feasting on GM cotton - they have become resistant to the chemical the plants give out
Bt toxin found in pregnant women which is passed to her offspring
Farmer sues Monsanto for chemical poisoning that was caused by one of their pesticides
Monsanto patent ends, New product called ROundup ready 2 in made