Genetically Modified Food

What is genetically modified food? How is it made? What are the advantages and disadvantages of it?

Genetically modified foods are produced by altering the DNA of an organism, usually a plant which produces food. It is then inserted into another organism’s genome to make a new, useful trait. These traits include a resistance to weeds, pests or herbicides, a faster growth rate, increased nutrients or a longer shelf life. You can also produce genetically modified food by changing the number of copies a gene has in an organism, modifying the position of a gene within the genome or simply by removing the gene.

Advantages:

There are many advantages to genetically modified food. GM foods can be made to be resistant to many diseases, weeds, pests and herbicides. They can even be made to be drought or flood tolerant. They can grow faster and have more nutrients than other crops while not going bad as quickly. They are also cheaper for farmers as you don’t need to use chemical sprays. These traits could be the solution to third world hunger. The crops in poorer countries wouldn’t be destroyed so easily after every drought or flood. They would be able to grow faster and there would be more of them as they are resistant to pests. The crops would also be healthier for people because iron and other minerals can be added to them, removing malnutrition problems.

Another advantage is that in the future, foods could be modified to make edible vaccines, like bananas that protect us against Hepatitius B. Edible vaccines would make large scale immunisations against diseases easier, painless and more accessible. Instead of waiting in line for a doctor you could eat a tomato.

Disadvantages:

Despite the many advantages to genetically modified foods there are also many disadvantages. First and foremost is that genetically modified foods are new and it is impossible to know all the future effects it could have on human health and the environment. The risks and benefits of new technologies are only fully known after they have been in use for many years. An example is nuclear power, forty years ago it was thought that t could solve all the worlds problems with unlimited, cheap and safe energy. Only now do we know the full benefits and risks of nuclear power.

Another disadvantage is the potential impact it could have to human health. The new genes that are put in food could be resistant to certain antibiotics; if we eat them the effectiveness of antibiotics could be reduced. New allergens could be accidentally created and known allergens could be transferred to other foods. For example, if a gene from peanuts was taken and put in a tomato, people allergic to peanuts could be allergic to that tomato. Most importantly, scientists can’t actually prove whether genetically modified foods are 100% safe because normal toxicology tests do not work for food.

There are many environmental problems involving genetically modified foods. These are mainly about pollination of plants. If genetically modified plants pollinate non-genetically modified plants this could spread them into the wild, where they could compete with other plants. This would upset the balance of nature, as these plants could easily take over. Plants that are made resistant to chemical herbicides could pollinate with weeds. This would be disastrous because then new, stronger sprays would have to be developed to counter them. This would increase ground and water contamination, something genetically modified plants are supposed to prevent.

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  33. Guy Atkinson Says...

    On February 26, 2009 at 4:51 am

    I am very upset with what you have said. I belie that the environment needs to be saved and cutting down trees is not helping. I do not drive and don’t even have a mobile phone and I hate to see trees being chopped down. I hope that someday you will realise that you are making a big mistake and that it will be down to you that our planet is dying and human beings are dying off due to the welfare and economy. I hope you also realise that it is probably your fault that our country is having money problems and if it is not you it is people like you. Woolworths was a brilliant shop that I and my family used everyweek. Now it is gone i and the rest of my family now have nowhere to go apart from shops like Netto and Aldi and even Lidl. We have been talking and decided that we may start shopping at Home Bargings but that will probalbly be next on your list f shops to shudown.


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    On February 26, 2009 at 4:54 am

    I as an individual think that this matter is very important, but I don’t like to see people arguing over the matter. Trees do need to be saved but we also need paper.


  35. Guy Atkinson Says...

    On February 26, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Hi there again. I would just like to let people know that there is a big environment event next week in Scotland, Edingburgh. If anyone can make it please come along and join us.


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    On April 21, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Hey guys!
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    i grow my own vegetables and own cattle to eat for meat. We grow our own rice as well. we are all set. i was wondering something as well. can you eat your own compost? i feel like it is going to waste.
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