Pros And Cons Of Genetically Modified Foods

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The idea of genetically modified (GM) foods is laden with misconception from the public. For over two decades, the presence and use GM foods has grown dramatically. Being under strict regulatory control from its inception, GM foods have been able to feed a greater (and growing) world population and minimize certain aspects of ecological impact of the agricultural industry. The use of genetically modified foods benefits human beings and the environment, and should continue to be utilized with its corresponding strict regulation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines of GM foods as “foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene
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The fear stems from either an allergenic component that wasn’t present before being inserted into the plant’s DNA or that a new component would be created utilizing GM technologies. As is much publicized currently, food allergies are a matter of great concern and a market of new food products has developed in response to it. It is demonstrated in this example that allergies to non-GM foods are pervasive, so unmistakably foods produced either by conventional methods or GM technology pose potential for allergens. In fact, due to the extensive testing GM foods undergo, allergens were identified in two studies before the foods ever went to commercialization. This same testing for allergenicity is not legally required for conventional plant breeding (Key et al., 2008). The exciting potential for GM technology is the possibility of reducing allergies by reducing the expression of pertinent …show more content…
With continued strict regulation of GM food production and monitoring, their usage unlocks the potential of feeding a growing world population quickly, safely and effectively. Their diminished need for herbicides and pesticides leads to decreased greenhouse gas emissions, and is vastly beneficial to the environment. Taking into consideration the topics discussed throughout this article, the use of genetically modified foods is beneficial and should continue to be utilized under their regulated

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