Genetically Modified Foods

The Right to Know

What are GMFs?

Genetically modified foods, otherwise known as biotech foods, are foods that are derived from genetically modified organisms, specifically modified crops. These foods contain foreign genes from other plants or animals inserted into their genetic code to produce a desired effect like a resistance to herbicides or insects (etc).

Benefits and Disadvantages of GMFs

Benefits of GMF:

  • Modified foods can endure harsh growing allowing them to grow in new conditions and places they normally wouldn't be able too.
  • Potential to combat world hunger
  • Genetically modified foods can assist enhance the medical field
  • They are designed to be parasite and pest-resistant. Not only replacing the use of pesticides but making the products cleaner.
  • Vitamins and nutrients are increased, increasing the overall nutritional value and health.
  • Genetically modified foods typically contain additional nutrients and can help combat world hunger and malnutrition of underdeveloped nations around the world.
  • They have the ability to grow in shorter periods of time and large quantities, which speeds up food production.
  • People use photo remediation in which people genetically engineer poplar trees to clean up heavy metal pollution from contaminated soil.

Risks of GMF:

  • New allergies can be developed through cross spreadings
  • No long term research
  • Higher fat content in some foods.
  • Higher level of plant estrogen
  • Unknown genetic effect on humans
  • Unknown possible toxins
  • GMFs can carry antibiotic resistant genes
  • Eating these foods can reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics to fight disease
  • Toxic substances can be produced by new genetic pathways making the plants more likely to produce toxic substances.
  • By inserting certain genes into these foods can create or worsen viruses by engineering components of viruses into other plants.
  • Unknown effects to human health
  • Reduced effectiveness of pesticides
  • Unintended harm to other organisms or nature

Genetically Engineered Food, Harmful or Helpful?

Should GMF/GMO be labeled?

Without a doubt Genetically Modified foods should have labels! We as people deserve the right to know what we are eating. Besides not knowing what the products we are consuming contain, there comes along an abundance of harmful risks within these foods. If genetically engineered foods aren't labeled, how are the people with allergies supposed to know to avoid them? It's important to make sure that people are aware of what they are consuming into their bodies and how they can affect them. Many responsible guardians and other shoppers tend to want to know what is in their food to decide whether or not it's safe to feed it to their families. However, without GMOs labels, decisions like these cannot be made- thus making labels for GMFs would be extremely appropriate.

We have the right to know!

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By: Jessie Guglielmo B2 Biology