jessica teitel-a food biotechnology timeline

  • 1879

    In the USA, William James Beal creates the first clinically controlled crosses of corn in search of igher yields. I chose this event because it was th first time anyone had ever tried to manipulate or change a crop to do something better. He had created a corn cross breed that would produce more than the convential strain.
  • 1935

    Andrei Nikolaevitch Belozersky isolates pure DNA for the first time. I chose this event because it was the fist time anyone hd ever done this and isolating DNA is important to changing food because this later led to changing characteristics about food. Isolating DNA was a big step in creating GMO foods.
  • 1983

    US patents awarded to companies producing genetically engineered plants. I chose this event because it was the first time anyone had genetically engineered anything. Also, the fact that they genetically engineered plants meant that they were almost to GMO crops.
  • 1986

    The US Environment ProtectionAuthority approves the release of the first genetically modified crop-a GM virus resistant tobacco plant. I chose this event because it was the first genetically modified crop in recorded history. It was also the first time they had made a strain of something that did something more than the conventional crop
  • 1987

    In the UK, genes are added to potato plants to make them produce more protein and increase their nutritional value. Reseach into other foods include removing allergy-causing proteins from peanuts. This is a large step in GMO foods. I chose this because they are not only making food healthier, but also, they were working towards eliminating a very severe food allergy.
  • 1994

    The first genetically engineered food product, the FlavrSavr tomato, recieves US food and drug administrative approval. This is important because now, finally, in 2006, GM foods were on the market. This was their begining.
  • 1997

    Reasearchers at Scotland's Roslin Institute clone a sheep named Dolly, from an udder cell of an adult ewe. This is important because it is the first time people ever cloned anything. Cloning could later be used to recreate especially good milk cows and the like.
  • 2004

    Australian researchers use gene mapping techniques to identify genes for tenderness and toughness in beef, allowing breeders to select stocks containing the 'tender'gene. This event is important because it shows that people were starting to understand how to manipulate genes. People could now change their food to have marketable qualities every time.
  • 2007

    US food and drug administration concludes that food and food products derived from cloned animals or their offspring are as safe to eat as that from noncloned animals. This event is important because it was the moment when GE animals became ok to eat. Now, all GE types of food were on the market.
  • 2007

    An Australian reportr states that GM crops can be safely grown and marketed alongside conventional crops. This was important because it was like an anouncemount to the world of customeres that the GMO foods were ok and safe to eat. It also shows that at this point, people fully understood how to genetically modify food enough that these Australians would say that they were just as good as conventional crops.
  • 2015 forecast

    2015 forecast
    In this year I forecast they will come up with a fruit/vegetable that has all the necessary vitamins/nutrients that people need to live. It will be easy to grow so that starving people in third world countries could have plenty to eat.
  • 2020 forecast

    2020 forecast
    I forecast that in 2020 that all food will be genetically modified and that there will be much less hunger in the world. This will be because they will have genetically modified foods to grow in even the most barren enviroments so that many more people will be able to grow food than before.