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Is it proper to make GMOs as the abbreviation of "genetically modified crops" ?

 
 
Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2014 08:19 am

Should it be GMCs?

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Yes indeed, most Americans do eat GMOs every day!Maarten J. ChrispeelsArticle first published online: 15 JAN 2014While teaching a course on Crop Biotechnology at Huazhong Agricultural University (Wuhan, Hubei Province, China) this past October, I was asked by one of my students if it is true that American farmers grow genetically modified crops (GMOs) only for export, and that GMO-foods are not sold in the USA. The student implied that Americans thought that such crops were “good enough” for developing countries but not good enough for themselves.Americans have been eating GMO-foods for 17 yearsNeedless to say, I was dumbfounded by this question because Americans have been eating GMO foods since 1996 and I could not imagine where this idea came from. By asking around, I discovered that this information is publicized extensively by TV personalities and on social media. Apparently, several Chinese reporters traveled to the US and enquired in supermarkets whether they sold GMOs, whether people knew that they were eating GMOs and whether they were for or against GMOs in the human food chain. They received variable answers, of course. Some Americans don't care, many don't know and some object to eating GMOs. Some opinion polls show that many Americans would like GMO-containing foods to be labeled. However, it is known that people's answers to questions in opinion polls are highly dependent on how the questions are posed and whether an explanation is given before the question is asked (PEW2013
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2014 12:59 pm
No. The writer could have written, "genetically modified (GM) crops."
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contrex
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2014 01:07 pm
GMO stands for "Genetically Modified Organism"
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2014 01:07 pm
It's perfectly acceptable. In fact, the abbreviation GMO (genetically modified organism) is widely used, including in scientific literature.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2014 01:43 pm
@contrex,
contrex wrote:

GMO stands for "Genetically Modified Organism"

Give this guy the ribbon already.
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Foods from genetically engineered organisms, also known as biotech foods and referred to by some as food from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), have been in our food supply for about 20 years.

http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm352067.htm
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oristarA
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2014 06:18 pm
@contrex,
contrex wrote:

GMO stands for "Genetically Modified Organism"


So you've agreed that the author has made a minor mistake?
Quote:
genetically modified crops (GMOs)
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2014 06:23 pm
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:

contrex wrote:

GMO stands for "Genetically Modified Organism"


So you've agreed that the author has made a minor mistake?
Quote:
genetically modified crops (GMOs)


It's not a mistake. They're the same thing.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2014 06:40 pm
GMO, genetically modified organism, is an omnibus term. It can be used to describe crops or livestock. That's why it's in such widespread use.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2014 06:51 pm
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:
So you've agreed that the author has made a minor mistake?

It's not a mistake. All crops are organisms, even though not all organisms are crops. For example, it would be a mistake to use the term "genetically modified crops" for genetically modified bacteria producing human insulin. But "GMO" is always correct for crops. As Setanta says, it's a general term that describes all organisms, crop or non-crop, that were genetically modified.
oristarA
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2014 06:56 pm
@Thomas,
Good.
Thank you all.
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