Genetically Modified Foods Essay

1004 Words Aug 19th, 2015 5 Pages
Genetically Modified Foods Genetically modified organisms (GMO) and genetically modified foods (GMF) are foods that have been altered by changing their genetic make-up. Mutating, inserting, and deleting genes do this. An example of this is done when scientist attach genes to a virus and inject this genetic material into a host’s cell nucleus. The host could be bacteria, insects, food, or mammals. Since animals were first domesticated in 12,000 BC, they were being genetically modified (Goldbas, 2014). Biotechnology and genetic engineering is typically used to alter foods and medicines. Foods are chemically altered to give it more nutrients, a better appearance, and a longer shelf life. Further uses are drug production, medical …show more content…
They reduce pesticide use by manufacturing or increasing pest-proof food production. This controls insect damage, weed damage, and disease to crops. Technology that genetically modifies the seed allows the food industry to eliminate trans fats from the diet and decrease saturated fats at the same time. This is especially significant since the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. Lastly, it allows us to improve the nutritional quality of food. This helps to create a safe and global food supply (Yeager, 2014). In contrast, a report issued by The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) proposed a link between GMFs and gluten-related disorders. Within the IRT report, additional data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Act records, and numerous medical journal reviews relate GMF's to five digestion issues that may trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders. Specifically, the IRT report links GMF's to intestinal permeability, imbalanced gut bacteria, immune activation and allergic response, impaired digestion, and damage to the intestinal wall (Jaeger, 2013). Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), expresses concern about Roundup®. Seneff reported that glyphosate, a patented antibiotic, can destroy beneficial flora in the gut. Thus, contributing to the incidence of Celiac Disease and

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