Coming Soon To A Vineyard Near You: GMO
The focus on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) has lately been intense. While GMO has given the world new medications and new foods, the science has also created a backlash to companies like the agricultural/chemical giant Monsanto, which controls and develops proprietary rights to GMO plant seeds.
Consumer as well as governmental fear that a GMO product may be inferior or even harmful, or that it may do damage to non-GMO plants growing in a field nearby has given us GMO bans as well as updated food labeling regulations.But scientific plant modification is hardly a new phenomenon. For instance,wine grape modification in one form or another is a centuries-old practice, and after multiple crossings and hybridizing over the centuries, few grapevines today are true to their origin.