The idea of altering the DNA of a plant or animal, particularly when it will be consumed, is unthinkable to some; especially if it is done in a lab. When a plant or animal has had its DNA scientifically manipulated it is commonly referred to as a genetically modified organism (GMO) which have a highly negative connotation. Activists propose that GMO's should be labeled as such but companies are reluctant to do so because of the negative perception of GMO's.
| Adult Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri,|
(2-3 millimeters long) on a young citrus leaf
by David Hall
In the end, the orange is running out of time. The traditional selection process will likely be too slow to respond and without assistance the orange will disappear. But if making a GMO orange is the only answer, will the public want it?