Foods produced from or using GM organisms are often referred to as GM foods.
GM foods are developed and marketed because there is some advantage either to the producer or consumer of these GM foods. GM seed developers wanted their products to be accepted by producers and have concentrated on innovations that bring direct benefit to farmers and generally the food industry.
One objective for developing plants based on GM organisms is to improve crop protection. The GM crops currently on the market are mainly aimed at an increased level of crop protection through the introduction of resistance against plant diseases caused by insects or viruses or through increased tolerance towards herbicides.
Resistance against insects is achieved by incorporating into the food plant the gene for toxin production from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. GM crops that inherently produce this toxin have been shown to require lower quantities of insecticides in specific situations, where pest pressure is high.
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