Labels on GMFs
By Ahjeetha Shankar 6A
Risks and Benefits of GMFs
- Modified foods may have genetic changes that are unexpected and harmful. For example, some humans may become poisonous to humans due to the introducing of new genes to the food.
- The new modified food plants may interbreed with the natural food plants and out-compete them, leading to extinction of the original, naturally grown food plant or to other unpredictable environmental effects.
- Pests can become resistant to the genes in the GMFs so that they no longer die. This results in farmers spraying more pesticide on food that is already genetically engineered which is not what consumers want to eat.
- GMFs can cause allergic reactions. If you have a peanut allergy, for example, what if a scientist puts peanut genes in a bell pepper to improve it. How would you know even know that it's there and to avoid it?
- Eating GMFs can cause major health risks like infertility, immune system problems, accelerated aging, and organ changes, just to name a few.
- More nutritious food
- Tastier food
- Disease- and drought-resistant plants that require fewer environmental resources (water, fertilizer, etc.)
- Decreased use of pesticides
- Increased supply of food with reduced cost and longer shelf life
- Faster growing food
- Food with more desirable traits, such as potatoes that absorb less fat when fried
- Medicinal foods that could be used as vaccines or other medications
All these benefits are possible because different genes can be added to the food to suit all your different needs and purposes.
My Opinion on Labelling GMFs
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