Brief History of GMOs

Events

DNA Discovered by Gregor Mendel

1935

Recombinant DNA Created

1973

The idea for man-made DNA, or rDNA, comes from a grad student at Stanford University Medical School. Professor Herbert Boyer and a few of his biologist colleagues run with it.

Asilomar Conference

1975

A group of biologists get together with a few lawyers and doctors to create guidelines for the safe use of genetically engineered DNA.

First GMO Patent Issued

1980

FDA Approves First GMO

1982

GMO Hits Grocery Stores

1994

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the Flavr Savr tomato for sale on grocery store shelves. The delayed-ripening tomato has a longer shelf life than conventional tomatoes.

GMO-Resistant Weeds

1996

GMO Crops Dominate

1999

Over 100 million acres worldwide are planted with genetically engineered seeds. The marketplace begins embracing GMO technology at an alarming rate

GMO-Resistant Pests Appear

2003

Bt Toxin Discovered in Humans

2011