August 16, 2013

Genetically Modified foods (GM foods) or biotec foods.

These are foods produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMOs usually refer to plant and animal products that have had their DNA altered, in order to make the food higher in nutrient content, resistant to diseases, or to confer some other benefit (or alleged benefit), for either the farmer or the consumer.{{more}}

Commercial sale of GM foods began in 1994, when Calgene first marketed its Flavr Savr delayed ripening tomatoes.

Typically, genetically modified foods are transgenic plant products like soy bean, corn, canola and cotton seed oil. These may have been engineered for faster growth, resistance to pathogens, production of extra nutrients, or any other beneficial purpose.

There is a broad consensus that food on the market derived from GM crops, poses no greater risk to human health than conventional food. However, critics have objected to GM foods on several grounds, including safety issues, ecological concerns and economic concerns raised by the fact that GM plants ( and animals) that are food sources are subject to intellectual property law.

The world is slowly running out of food. Impoverished people have no where to turn. Biochemical researchers think that they have found a way to reverse the world famine. That way is through GM foods. However, since it is a recent invention, it is met with harsh and legitimate concerns.

While it may help the world’s food crisis, it may also do that at the expense of human health.

In the 1990’s the Food and Drug Administration of the USA decided that GM foods were safe and did not require special regulation. This allowed GM foods such soy bean oils and tomatoes to enter the market. However, in 2000, a type of transgenic corn that was not safe for human consumption called star link, accidentally entered the food supply. It was eventually pulled from the market, but many people had suffered allergic reactions by then. This incident was enough to raise awareness about GM foods.

A $325,000.00 project to test the viability of test tube meat by producing the first genetically engineered beef burger has recently been making the headlines.

This scientist has attempted to create a hamburger, entirely from billions of stem cells. The project grant of $325,000.00 was from an anonymous donor. He ate the synthetic tissue and said that the burger tasted reasonably good.

This has been the first step in creating synthetic hamburgers. Within a few years, it is highly probable that there will be a wide range of synthetic meats available for sale on the market.

Whether we like it or not, GMOs are here to stay and the range of foods produced using this technology will continue to increase.

For further information, contact:

Dr Collin Boyle Unique Animal Care Co. Ltd.

Tel: 456 4981