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Posted on Dec 14, 2015

Is This Food Natural Or Genetically Modified?

You need to be able to use all five senses to tell.

  1. Are these tomatoes natural or genetically enhanced?

    Dave Crosby CC BY-SA 2.0
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Plump, beautiful, and perfect, but no longer a GMO since the 2000s.

    Genetically modified tomatoes were on the market in the 1990s but were halted after 1998. Currently, there aren't any available commercially, but scientists continue to experiment with tomatoes that'll be more nutritious and tasty and have a longer shelf life.

  2. What about this luscious papaya?

    buzzle.com
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    GMO! With improved nutrition and taste.

    Yeah, we probably wouldn't be able to eat these if it weren't for science.

  3. How about these witchy-looking things?

    laughingsquid.com
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's a hybrid — meaning it's NOT a GMO.

    Weird. Cool. Wow.

  4. How about this cup of yellow rice?

    pbs.org
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's a GMO with added vitamin A.

    Golden rice was a GMO created in attempts to lower vitamin A deficiency in the Philippines.

  5. Is this potato directly from the earth or has it been genetically altered?

    i.huffpost.com
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It doesn't bruise easily, therefore it is a GMO.

    Whoa, touched by the power of science!!

  6. Can tomatoes really be white??

    burpee.com
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    They're real!

    Hybridization science rocks.

  7. And this corn?

    witf.org
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    GMO!! These plump kernels are pretty normal in terms of what you find at most stores.

    Like, bruh, do you even know what a GMO-free vegetable looks like anymore? (Hint: If they're labeled organic.)

  8. This glass of milk?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's a glass of milk made from hormone-injected cows!

    Currently, some dairy farms inject a hormone called rbGH into their cows to boost production. While the debate's still out on the effects of genetic modification on animals, scientists have been experimenting with milk to make it healthier. Trials have included higher omega-3 content, lower lactose content, and most recently, increased antibodies to fight viruses like Ebola.

  9. And these delicious bananas?

    sbs.com.au
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's a super banana!! GMO x 1000!

    It's supposed to combat vitamin A deficiency in developing countries.

  10. Now, can these freakishly beautiful alien strawberries be natural????

    etsy.com
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Hybrid! Black Magic. Sorcery.

    La la la la la.

CORRECTION

GMO tomatoes and GMO milk (specifically with higher omega-3 content or lower lactose content) are no longer on the market. An earlier version of this quiz misstated their availability.

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