The Testing Of Gm Foods For Potential Side Effects And Beliefs

1397 Words Sep 28th, 2015 6 Pages
GMOs (Genetically modified organisms) are any organisms which have had the genetic code in their cells modified by humans on the molecular level. This is used to bring out specific traits that are more desirable. (Hanrahan) The controversy lies in the testing of GM foods for potential side effects and beliefs that these are unnatural and should not be consumed. The second beliefs are often based off or moral or religious concerns and they are easy to discount. The testing, however, is a far more noticeable issue and many argue it should be treated with care. The book Global Resources cites one of the few studies done saying
“The only human feeding trial ever conducted confirmed that genetically engineered genes from soy burgers and a soy milkshake transferred to the bacteria inside the digestive tract after only one meal, making the bacteria resistant to herbicides (The biotech industry had previously said that such a transfer was impossible.) The World Health Organization, The British and American Medical Associations, and several other groups have expressed concern that if the ‘antibiotic resistant marker genes’ used in GM foods got transferred to bacteria, it could create super-diseases that are immune to antibiotics.” (Hanrahan)

This possibility of harm is an extreme worry for many naysayers of genetic modification. As the study above found, genetic modification can often have…

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