Genetically Modified Foods

GMF

What is that?

Food items that have had their DNA changed through genetic engineering.

Benefits

- Used to produce foods that have competitive advantages in much harsher environmental situations.


- Used to enhance commercial value as well as research purposes.


- Over 25% of the total world's population suffers from hunger and poverty. GMF can help keep foods living, saving those who are starving.


- Foods may be utilized in the production of pharmacological products like vaccines and antibodies in the new field of molecular farming.


- Generally pest resistant and thus farmers do not have to spray chemical pesticides for keeping pests off.


- Eliminates the use of pesticide, reducing the costs of bringing food into the market.


- Modified foods normally contain additional nutrients; helping prevent malnutrition caused problems like blindness.


- Have a good taste as compared to their natural unmodified counterparts.

Risks

- Food crops grown from genetically modified seeds can affect the weeds that grow in the same area. This means more chemicals needed, which can affect the safety of the food crops when consumed.


- Glyphosate is used to make crops resistant to weeds which causes higher plant estrogen levels. Estrogen can be very dangerous and can pose long term health risks.


- Genetically altering seeds and foods can pose unknown risks of toxins and allergens that have never been present before.


- There is always a risk of interactions or reactions that have never been seen.


- Genetically modified foods have not had long term research done, and very little short term information.


- Without labeling, it is impossible to know which foods have higher risks so you can avoid them.


- When genetically altered soybeans were used as part of the diet for dairy cows, the resulting milk had higher percentages of fat in it.


- Insect resistance can create insect problems that can threaten the food supply and result in food shortages.

What I Think

​I believe that the risks outweigh the benefits of Genetically Modified Foods. I believe this because first off, there is no evidence that long term, GMF's are safe, only short, but barely. It's clear that here are chemicals in the GMF's that can potentially be dangerous. Yes, it might be helpful in countries that have to receive crops from other countries because they simply have no choice. Although in the United States I believe that we can get our crops naturally, without any chemical risks that we are unaware of. We should at least make a law stating that you have to have labels stating that the food is a GMF so you could avoid them.