Genetically Modified Foods
The Right to Know
What are GMFs?
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?
People protesting the right to know what's in their food though labels
Genes from fish are most commonly inserted into crops to bring a resistance to the cold.
Do you think they should be labeled?
Should GMF/GMO be labeled?
We have the right to know!
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