“One well-known example is Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). It’s a bacterium that lives in soil. Gardeners have sprayed Bt mixed with water on plants for decades as a natural pesticide,” Nye said.
About five years ago, researchers showed that genes move quite naturally from bacteria to plants often." And the end result is important, as he said, “Today, we are able to feed almost 8 billion people around the world, because of the discoveries and techniques used to genetically modify plants.”