Learn about Agriculture

What are GMOs and are they okay to eat? What does organic farming look like? How are animals like chickens or cattle raised?

snapAG is a series of resources that invite students to explore the hot topics affecting the agriculture industry today. Topics range from organics, biotechnology, GMOs, livestock, and more.

Explore what’s trending in agriculture in Canada by browsing the topics below.

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GMO

What are GMO's

What are GMO's

What is a GMO?

What’s in a name?

GMO stands for “genetically modified organism”. The genetics of virtually all plant-based food we eat today have been modified over time, so the term “GMO” could technically apply to all of them. When people talk about GMOs, they are often referring to genetic engineering.

Genetic engineering refers to specific methods used to precisely change an organism’s DNA. This method of plant breeding is used by scientists to enhance or modify the characteristics of an individual organism.

Plant domestication by the earliest farmers 10,000 years ago is an example of genetic modification. There are many ways to genetically modify a plant. These include domestication, conventional breeding, mutagenesis and genetic engineering.

 

GMO Foods

GMO Foods

Summary: Are you concerned about eating food that has been genetically altered? What’s the benefit to me?

GMO's Around the World

GMO's Around the World

Summary:  What if there was a way to help farmers grow crops that could protect themselves from pests while producing essential vitamins and minerals to fight malnutrition in children?  That way is genetic engineering.

 

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