Are GM crops not “natural”?

Since crops were first deliberately cultivated about 10,000 years ago, continued selection and cross-breeding has given us crop plants that are highly productive and suitable for us to harvest and eat, but which bear little relationship to their wild relatives and could not compete with them if not cultivated and managed to protect them from pests and weeds. Because this is a process that has gone on for many centuries, we regard the situation as natural. 

 
Genetic modification is a new tool for plant breeders to produce improved varieties in a more efficient way. Many people believe that we should focus on the end results rather than the technique used to reach them. Herbicide-tolerant plants can be bred through conventional crossing, mutagenesis and selection, or by direct insertion of a specific gene coding for this trait. The end result is the same, even if GM is a newer breeding technique. 
 
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