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Any food where human intervention selected for certain genes in a species is "genetically modified"(hence GMO).
Hybrid seeds are created using traditional breeding methods where two different but compatible plants are crossbred to create a new plant—also known as a hybrid.

A genetically modified organism, or GMO, is an organism that has had its DNA altered or modified in some way through genetic engineering.

Hence not GMO
 

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Hybrid seeds are created using traditional breeding methods where two different but compatible plants are crossbred to create a new plant—also known as a hybrid.
By breeding two "compatible" plants u have MODIFIED the genes that the plant wouldn't have had otherwise. Do we see a lot of ligers in nature? We don't...we see lions and tigers. Ligers are a hybrid...by mating a male lion with a female tiger. With that one has introduced GENES in the DNA of the offspring(LIGER) that he/she naturally wouldn't have.
A genetically modified organism, or GMO, is an organism that has had its DNA altered or modified in some way through genetic engineering.

Hence not GMO
The current methods allow for a more precise gene editing. U can introduce or remove DNA sequences exactly where u want to. Any gene modification is gene modification. I understand that as a label the word GMO applies to genetically engineered organisms. However it's the general principle that I'm talking about. In that general sense any alteration in the genome through human intervention is genetic modification.

Plz take a few minutes to watch that video some other member posted a few posts above...and maybe that will get the point across better.
 
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By breeding two "compatible" plants u have MODIFIED the genes that the plant wouldn't have had otherwise. Do we see a lot of ligers in nature? We don't...we see lions and tigers. Ligers are a hybrid...by mating a male lion with a female tiger. With that one has introduced GENES in the DNA of the offspring(LIGER) that he/she naturally wouldn't have.
yes but we dont call it GMO because it did not require help from "foreign" organism (such as bacterial or viral)

Liger is not GMO!

The current methods allow for a more precise gene editing. U can introduce or remove DNA sequences exactly where u want to. Any gene modification is gene modification. I understand that as a label the word GMO applies to genetically engineered organisms. However it's the general principle that I'm talking about. In that general sense any alteration in the genome through human intervention is genetic modification.

Plz take a few minutes to watch that video some other member posted a few posts above...and maybe that will get the point across better.
I have a PhD in biotech...Please take some time to understand the terminology and WHEN it is used!
 

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21 hours ago by Hasan Saeed

Researchers from Pakistan and China are nearing a breakthrough in the development of a hybrid version of Basmati rice that will have an average per acre yield of 80 maunds (40 kilograms) and average grain length of 8 mm or above.

Longping High-Tech Industries from China and Pakistan’s Guard Agriculture Research and Services Private Ltd (Guard Agri) have been collaborating to produce a high-yield hybrid variety of rice in the past few years.




We are very near to achieving the targets after the hard work of five to six years.
Speaking to the economic and agriculture journalist associations at the company’s head office, Chief Executive Guard Agri, Shahzad Ali Malik said:

Our scientists in collaboration with their Chinese counterparts have developed 13 CMS (cytoplasmic male sterility) lines out of which one variety is giving 75 maunds per acres with the average grain length of 7 mm, slightly short of our targeted 80 maunds/acre.

He added that the experts in 2014 had been given the goal to develop a variety that would be salinity, heat and drought-resistant.

Officials at Guard Agri said that ever since hybrid rice was introduced in Sindh, the rice farmers had seen their incomes doubled due to the increased yield of rice as compared to traditional varieties.

Mentioning the benefits of hybrid rice, Malik said:

Due to early maturing hybrid rice crop, timely sowing of Rabi crops is ensured as crops cultivated on time result in a significant increase in per acre yield which consequently increases farmers’ income, while having a shorter maturity period.

Malik underlined the need to bring new hybrid rice as existing rice varieties were giving low yields. He said:

The low rice yields do not match with the increasing cost of inputs and because of increasing cost Pakistan is becoming noncompetitive in the international market.

He reiterated that severe issues like water shortage could be managed by the adoption of hybrid rice. The company is also introducing combined harvesters, rice transplanters, and other ways on a rental basis to boost mechanization in this sector.

To a query, he said there was a huge potential in trading with Iran, the second-largest market of Basmati rice after Saudi Arabia, and the country needed to safeguard the rice exporters. He added that “Pakistan does not have any cash swap treaty with Iran, and the exporters have proposed barter trade with Iran,”.

Pakistan might hopefully enter a barter agreement with Iran whereby we would trade Pakistani rice against liquefied petroleum gas from Iran, he further told.
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The question is: after one yield, will the soil be able to give second yield?
Such high yield crops destroy soil.
 

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The question is: after one yield, will the soil be able to give second yield?
Such high yield crops destroy soil.
Regular floods will replace the soil every year.. :p:

By breeding two "compatible" plants u have MODIFIED the genes that the plant wouldn't have had otherwise. Do we see a lot of ligers in nature? We don't...we see lions and tigers. Ligers are a hybrid...by mating a male lion with a female tiger. With that one has introduced GENES in the DNA of the offspring(LIGER) that he/she naturally wouldn't have.

The current methods allow for a more precise gene editing. U can introduce or remove DNA sequences exactly where u want to. Any gene modification is gene modification. I understand that as a label the word GMO applies to genetically engineered organisms. However it's the general principle that I'm talking about. In that general sense any alteration in the genome through human intervention is genetic modification.

Plz take a few minutes to watch that video some other member posted a few posts above...and maybe that will get the point across better.
Chaunsa and Sindhri Mangoes are GMO fruits or not?
 

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yes but we dont call it GMO because it did not require help from "foreign" organism (such as bacterial or viral)

Liger is not GMO!


I have a PhD in biotech...Please take some time to understand the terminology and WHEN it is used!
I understand...it seems we r discussing different things. U r discussing the terminology...things like FDA's rules(here in US) about what must be labelled as a GMO. I'm talking more about altering the genes(whether through hybridization, or picking certain traits and breeding those, or through gene editing)...in principle it is the same bcuz u r tinkering with the genome to achieve a desired outcome.

P.S. my background is in biochemistry...though in my profession I went more to chemistry side than bio.
 

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