GMOs are Good..or Bad?

What to think of genetically modified foods?

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What to think of genetically modified foods?

Genetically modified foods arouse great distrust in most of us. Right or wrong?

Like plants or animals, transgenic foods are also genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with the help of genetic engineering techniques (or genetic transfer). More precisely, GMOs are organisms in which the set of genes contained in each cell has been modified by the introduction of a foreign gene, coming from a plant, a bacterium or any other organism. All the cells of the genetically modified organisms are therefore accompanied by the new gene, which can be transmitted to the offspring.

The real or alleged benefits

Genetic techniques have been applied to plants for twenty years now with the following objectives:

  • Improvement of color or taste
  • Increase in mass (and therefore in efficiency)
  • Immunization against pests or herbicides
  • Greater resistance to cold, drought and greater suitability for prolonged storage
  • As regards oil plants, a more favorable content of fatty acids
  • Inactivation of allergenic proteins present in certain plants

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If genetic engineering replaces harmful techniques, such as the use of insecticides or herbicides, it can have a beneficial influence on the environment. Unfortunately, due to pollination, you are not protected from the risk of seeing weeds sprouting … resistant to herbicides!

The dangers

The risks associated with genetic manipulation techniques essentially concern the appearance of new toxic substances and new allergens in food.
Furthermore, some properties of transgenic foods, such as antibiotic resistance, could be transmitted to humans.

Safety regulations

According to the legislation in force in most of the European and North American countries and since more than 10 years, foods that have undergone genetic modification must be declared and are subject to control by the Federal Office of Health, which assesses their harmlessness.

Alternatives

It is impossible to stop progress … Nonetheless, people who refuse to proceed along this path can still choose to turn to producers and shops of organic products, which continue to offer foods from organic crops, guaranteed without genetic manipulation..

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6 Responses

  1. Genetically modified organisms, the so-called GMOs, are a delicate and burning topic due to the numerous implications of a social, ethical and political nature that they imply.

    1. Much of this is due to the often superficial and emotional treatment of the media, which generates a lot of confusion in public opinion.

      1. So far all the information I read is rich in contradictory arguments, often not very pertinent or even scientifically incorrect, has the serious consequence of making unclear what a GMO is, how it was produced and what it is used for, what its specific functions are and how useful (or useless) these may be for the human kind.

        1. Before issuing any judgment on GMOs and their food, biological, social and political implications, it is necessary to have a clear scientific knowledge of what we are talking about and how we got there and why the construction of these organisms.

          1. As said above, it is easy to say but very different to do. Having an opinion on GMOs is an account, asking to have a specific idea is another and I don’t think there is anyone today who can say they know exactly what it is or what the advantages or disadvantages are. Everything you read in newspapers, magazines, blogs etc is in perpetually contradicting with each other, perhaps this is due because of the political direction of a newspaper or because of the interest a university has to promote or condemn it but for now, to sum up, it seems a bit of a rough statement.

            1. I have studied GMOs for a long time for my graduation thesis so I speak with full knowledge of the facts. Everyone is free to believe what he wants. Starting from the principle that we are a nation with still, if I am not mistaken, free speech, I will try to expose the data in a scientific way but still within everyone’s reach. Attacking the GMOs as it has been done so far and it still currently done by so many “hidden” organizations for an alleged “Non Profit” that condemn the big multinationals is ridiculous, because it’s a bit like taking the example of the big multinational oil companies that have always attacked any technology which threatened the non-use of oil and its derivatives, see what has been done in the past decades to ensure that either hydrogen or the electric motor was boycotted so as not to be adopted globally, thus preventing any world government, organization and private enterprise to decrease oil production and trade. The same thing is going on for GMOs. Let me tell you something that not many report. The correct definition of GMOs is “non-human organisms modified through genetic engineering”, that is, that set of techniques that allows you to insert, remove or modify portions of DNA, the genetic material that is present in all cells of living organisms. There is therefore no specific reference to plants, with which GMOs are commonly associated, indeed the first successful applications of these techniques have been the production of molecules and enzymes from genetically modified bacteria, of fundamental importance for medicine and for the food industry. Think of insulin for diabetics, once extracted from the pig pancreas, now available for decades pure and in large quantities thanks to genetically modified bacteria, or chymosin, used for dairy production, once extracted from the stomach of calves and now produced by genetically modified bacteria. From these examples it could be deduced that the difficulties related to the public acceptance of GMOs concern only the plant world, in particular food plants, perhaps because they are connected to food and all that this entails on a social and psychological level. The fact is that we live in a world where GMOs have been around for quite some time and have been accepted by every government in a global scale. Now it is a question of understanding why certain typologies are accepted and others not. Is it perhaps a matter of questioning the interests that this topic touches? I am referring to interests on subjects that are very different from those of health and safety of mankind. Could it be that there are big profits at stake and until it has been decided how to properly share the “cake”, all parties involved go against it? These are probably the questions that we all have to ask ourselves.

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