By Kim Reilly
Beneficial for Labeling GMF Article
"But the use of GM foods also raises many concerns, including unknown long-term health effects, increased risk of antibiotic resistant bacteria, increased use of pesticides, unknown toxins produced, unknown long-term environmental effects, genetic contamination of the environment, increased use of herbicides, risks to wildlife and insects, introduction of unknown allergens, spread of disease and pest resistance, herbicide tolerance in weeds, and risks to species diversity. Id. These long-term uncertainties are consumers' primary concerns with GM foods and the main drivers for consumers' labeling preferences. A mandatory labeling regimen would better inform consumers about the nature of food products and allow consumers to choose to have direct or indirect experience with GM foods."
Genetically modified foods (or GM foods) are foods produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering.
Benefits of GMF:
-Bigger yields to create more efficient use of land, less uses of herbicides and other pesticides.
-Foods with better texture, flavor and nutritional value.
-Foods with a longer shelf life for easier shipping.
-GM foods can create an essential sustainable way to feed the world
Risks of GMF:
-Increased risk of antibiotic resistant bacteria
-Increased use of pesticides
-Unknown toxins produced
-Unknown long-term environmental effects
-Genetic contamination of the environment
-Increased use of herbicides
-Risks to wildlife and insects
-Introduction of unknown allergens
-Spread of disease and pest resistance
-Herbicide tolerance in weeds
-Risks to species diversity