Since the USDA has opted to call organisms modified with CRISPR technology genetically “optimized” rather than genetically “modified” (at least for the moment), is it possible that these new organisms won’t be labeled GMOs? Of course, there are other U.S. entities that have yet to weigh in (FDA, EPA). As we mentioned in a recent article, Monsanto will not be able to use gene-driving with its newly acquired CRISPR technology. See this Wall Street Daily discussion about Monsanto, Bayer, and CRISPR.
Indeed, a Harvard geneticist recently told Business Insider that CRISPR/Cas9’s agricultural applications are “a beautiful thing.”
Man, after all, must eat. It may not be a thing of beauty, but it sure is a necessity.