Can anyone shed some light on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) or genetically engineered foods?
I want to know what you think about GMO's and the safety of the restructuring of food DNA or adding of DNA from other organisms. If you could provide some links to the research to back up your understanding of these foods that would be great. As per my understanding, these types of foods can be detrimental to our health. Thank you!
Below is some additional information about GMOs, also known as GE. Hope this helps.
Genes work in unison and are influenced by other genes and external conditions. Place the same organism in a different environment and the genes may react differently. The complex interaction of genes, coupled with our limited knowledge, makes GE foods both potentially promising and possibly perilous in terms of human and environmental health.
Europeans have been in an uproar against GE products, resulting in a virtual ban of bioengineered foods. Many Americans, on the other hand, see these products as the future of food. Why the difference in opinion? Europeans have an intimate relationship with food and devote much time to relishing meals and homemade cuisine. Americans often prefer dashboard dining and convenience foods. Some Europeans have also recently been exposed to mad cow disease; an experience that could certainly contribute to public mistrust.
Some of the potential benefits of GE foods include increased and heartier crop yields, reduced pesticide and herbicide use, more nutritious foods and better tasting foods with a longer shelf life.
We should acknowledge the Possible Pitfalls. Many scientists and consumer groups have expressed concerns about the following: unknown long-term health effects; creation of new allergens; gene pollution; creation of super-weeds and superbugs; and antibiotic resistance.
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You might try the websites of DuPont, Pioneer, Monsanto, Mycogen, Dow Chemical, Cargill, Tysons, ADM just to name a few. You have your work cut out for you, since GMO came to light in the 1970's and became available to farmers in the 90's.
Hope this Helps!
I am originally from Germany and therefore looked at web sites from Europe where GMOs are a lot less enthusiastically embraced. As far as I myself am concerned, I would not knowingly eat GM food.
Here are web sites with different views:
All the best.
There is lot of research out there that does not favor GMOS...and I agree with that point of view. Here is one more good article for you: