Genetically Modified Food are foods that are produced when the DNA of crops are altered or changed. The main purpose of doing this is to bring out a whole new trait in the plant, and to make the crop perform better. This new traits they show don’t normally occur in their species. GM Foods are also known as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). This act is so frequently done that modified foods are a huge percentage of what we eat. Perfect examples are corn and soy. Over 85% of corn and soy grown in the United States comes from seeds that have been engineered. But are these modified foods affecting our bodies in any way? This article will enlighten you.
No one actually knows for sure what these foods do to our body, but some people believe that its long lasting effects are becoming evident. Some scientists have already predicted that GM foods available all across the United State are part of the main causes of today’s epidemics like obesity, Cancer, Diabetes, and allergies. Not saying that these are the actual cause of these conditions, but their approval coincides with the sudden rise of those conditions. Others believe that this is the new best solution to world hunger, as more crops are efficiently grown under very less ideal circumstances.
Which of the foods you eat are modified genetically?
- Soybeans – Up to 93% in the United States
- Corn – About 85% of corn available in the United State are GMO, and this also affects their products.
- Cotton – About 93%
- About 70-90% of processed foods found in grocery stores.
- Livestock feeds are also GMO and this affects their products as well e.g. milk, meat etc.
How then do these foods affect our body?
Both WHO and FDA declared that GMO foods are safe for consumption. The only problem is that they base their conclusion on some safety assessments, which these foods have passed. Assessments like:
- Acute Toxicity
- Allergic reactions
- Stability of the gene inserted etc.
These assessments are short time based, and you would ask what will happen if you consume these foods over a longer period. Studies on this are only 90 days long which is surely not enough time to tell the long term effects of these foods.
Should these foods be labeled or not?
Countries like Brazil, China and most European countries have declared that these foods should be marked. Consumers want to be sure of what they are having amidst the fear of the dangers. The United State Senate passed a bill on labeling them on July 2016. This would allow people to really know if what they are eating is GMO or not.
GMO’s have proven to be the most effective in the modern fast-paced life. However, if you are very concerned with how they affect your body, you can choose to exclude them from your diet completely and go organic. The choice is yours.