What is GMO?

GMO’s in General

Genetic Modification – What does it mean?

corn fieldsThis relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.


Plants that have been altered this way are called GMO’s – genetically modified organisms, or GE, genetically engineered.

Today, companies have created new GMO crops that are resistant to pesticides and/or that produce an insecticide. Farmers can spray their crops with weed-killer without killing the crops themselves.

The most common GMO crops are: corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa, papaya, zucchini, and yellow “summer crookneck” squash.

Most GMO crops in the U.S. are grown to be used as fuel, animal feed, or to make ingredients for processed foods.

The Original Manassero Farms NEVER uses any GMO seeds or plants.

Farmers who are Certified Organic are not allowed to use genetically engineered seeds or plants.