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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.

Genetic Engineering and Human Health

Genetic Engineering and Human Health

Summary:  Genetic engineering allows us to harness natural systems to produce crops with enhanced nutrition and to produce medicines that would not otherwise be possible.

Genetic Engineering and Diabetes

Before genetic engineering, people living with diabetes had to rely on insulin from slaughtered pigs to stay alive.  It worked, but animal insulin is not quite the same as the human form and it could cause problems such as allergic reactions.  Since 1982, insulin has been manufactured using bacteria engineered with human genes using a technique called recombinant DNA.

We are what we eat

Harnessing microbes through genetic engineering allows us to make medicines quickly and in quantity, helping to make them more affordable and available.   In the same way, fortifying the crops that people eat regularly allows them to grow their own vitamins rather than rely on additions of supplements.

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