Genetically Modified Foods : A New Generation Of Allergy Free Food

1472 Words Dec 5th, 2016 6 Pages
There is growing interest in growth in the market for functional and genetically modified foods. This type of food is ‘similar in appearance to, or may be, a conventional food that is consumed as part of a usual everyday diet. Many GM (genetically modified) foods have health benefits that, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and remove strains of allergen DNA found in popular foods such as peanuts. GM foods have been developed using fortification that uses modern agricultural biotechnology. However, applying lab methods of biotechnology to food production has shown to be hazardous for psychological and physical health. GM foods are a controversial topic and Western attitudes towards the subject tend to vary between different nations.
Recent studies at Oxford have shown, “The threat of peanut allergies could soon be wiped out by genetic engineering.” This is one of the many ways GM foods could potentially impact modern life today in a positive way. The new “safe” peanuts are part of a new generation of allergy-free food being produced by several international scientific teams, others being developed include seafood and soya beans. Worldwide, there are approximately 186 to 225 deaths per year caused by allergic reactions. By having scientists remove these toxic allergens from foods, the fatality rate is expected to decline substantially. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation allergies are increasing annually, they affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent…

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