GE – Genetically Engineered Definition

ge and geoGE (Genetically Engineered) and GEO (Genetically Engineered Organism) Definition.

Have you heard the terminology GE (genetically engineered) and GEO (genetically engineered organism)?
Maybe you have and maybe you haven’t. They are two other terms that the government uses to identify how your GMO (genetically modified organism) foods are created. According to the USDA’s definition, GE and GEO foods fall into the category of GMO foods.

In case you’re curious the USDA ( United States Department of Agriculture) definition of GE or Genetically Engineered is below. I’ve also included the USDA definition of other terms used within the definition of  GE and GEO. What does this all mean? Read the information and make a decision for yourself. To me, it means that the food is being manipulated by humans in a lab and not as mother nature intended.

“Genetic engineering (GE):

Manipulation of an organism’s genes by introducing, eliminating or rearranging specific genes using the methods of modern molecular biology, particularly those techniques referred to as recombinant DNA techniques.”

“Genetically engineered organism (GEO):

An organism produced through genetic engineering.”

“Recombinant DNA (rDNA):

A molecule of DNA formed by joining different DNA segments using recombinant DNA technology.”

“Recombinant DNA technology:

Procedures used to join together DNA segments in a cell-free system (e.g. in a test tube outside living cells or organisms). Under appropriate conditions, a recombinant DNA molecule can be introduced into a cell and copy itself (replicate), either as an independent entity (autonomously) or as an integral part of a cellular chromosome.”

Click here to for the definition of GMO (genetically modified organism) and GM (genetically modified.)

Click on these other definitions for more information
The information above provided by the USDA at:
https://www.usda.gov/topics/biotechnology/biotechnology-glossary .  last visited 4/5/2018

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