Monsanto's first genetically modified organism was a synthetic growth hormone engineered to make cows over-produce milk. It went on to stuff the human diet with vegetable oils, sweeteners and grains that had been engineered to absorb herbicides or produce insecticides. Since merging with Bayer, the company has vowed to go much further, replacing animal products with lab-grown synthetics and restructuring soil biology with synthetic microbes.
Bayer is taking the GMO technologies developed in agriculture, combining them with advances in big data, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and wearable tech, and applying them to the health care sector, as well as food.
Why stop with fake meat when you can use genetically engineered pigs to grow new organs for people who need transplants?
The first wave of GMOs exposed us and our environment to more pesticides than ever, triggering an epidemic of diseases linked to pesticide poisoning. What can we expect from GMO 2.0?
Find out in this conversation with Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology.