What are GM foods? Are they dangerous?

GM (genetically modified) foods are produced from genetically-modified organism which have their genome altered through genetic engineering techniques. They have been available since 1990s and they include a loto f food, such as corn, soy, wheat, tomatoes, rice, papaya etc…, food that we use in our everyday life. Future applications of GMOs are diverse and include drugs in food, bananas which are used to produce human vaccines against infectious diseases, fish that mature more  quickly and plants that produce new plastics with unique properties. Genetically modified food may contain more nutrients, and they are grown with fewer pesticidesand sometimes they are cheaper than the other aliments, but they may cause allergic reactions and they may be more resistant to antibiotics. However, many of the food we consume, contain GMOs. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 80% of foods in supermarkets contain ingredients that come from genetically modified crops. For some people GMF is responsible for the progression of some cancers, because of the DNA mutuation. But The American Cancer Society (ACS) has stated that there’s no evidence of this risk. The possible benefits of GM foods are exciting. At the same time though , there are real concerns particularly about its effects on people’s safety. Even if there has been some testing, the long-term effects on humans, animals and the environment are unknown. Moreover, harmful effects that may put human health at risk are indicating by increasing scientific evidence, and so perhaps genetic engineering should be confined to laboratories until science knows what it is doing.

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