This is the blog for GW students taking Human Evolutionary Genetics. This site is for posting interesting tidbits on: the patterns and processes of human genetic variation;human origins and migration; molecular adaptations to environment, lifestyle and disease; ancient and forensic DNA analyses; and genealogical reconstructions.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Is Chipotle really “G-M-Over it"?

Last April, the fast-food chain Chipotle announced that they would stop using genetically modified products on their menu. The company used the slogan "G-M-Over it" to promote this important transition.

Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed against the popular Mexican restaurant chain, stating their advertisement was misleading. The law firm claims that Chipotle's meat and cheese are derived from animal fed on GM grains and that their soda is made with GM corn syrup.

Although seemingly trivial, this case study raises some important social, ethical and legal issues about genetically modified organisms. Should all GM items be labeled as such? But where do we draw the line? What about a cow fed exclusively on the GM corn? Is it even possible to avoid GMOs entirely nowadays?

Food for thought!

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