One of the main reasons why genetically engineered foods faced so much resistance before it was approved for release in the market is the concern about its impact on human health, especially when consumed. Some GMO proponents would claim that the lack of evidence that would support its negative impact on one’s health only shows that it is safe for human consumption. However, there are also those that argue the uncertainty behind GMO foods is what is driving consumers into suspicion.
The main issues of concern on genetically engineered crops and its impact on human health are categorized into the following:
• Stability of the gene
• Unintended effect from the gene on human body
• Allergic reactions
• Resulting nutritional deficit on the food
Due to the above concerns on human health, the food regulatory authorities have recommended that all GM foods undergo intensive assessment before it is released onto the market to ensure safety of consumers.
What Are Genetically Modified Organisms and GM Foods?
A good way to determine the impact of GM foods on human health and safety is to gain a better understanding on GMO. Basically, it is any organism (whether crops or other types of foods) that are injected with a gene that makes it tolerant to the effect of insects and herbicides to improve yield, increase nutritional value, and lower prices for these crops (which comes as a result of increased yield and less crop failure).
The process of interfering with the natural composition of the food product is stirring up concern about its possible effect on human body. After all, genes and other similar substances do not exist in nature and could therefore result in various complications to whoever consumes them.
Why Are Genetically Engineered Plants Produced?
GE foods had been the center of controversy for many years and there are several questions in everyone’s mind about why it is still being produced. Basically, the production of genetically engineered foods is due to the perceived benefits it has to offer both consumers and producers. The aim behind the introduction of genetic engineering in food is to produce low price crops and also increase yield by equipping the genetic makeup of the crops with qualities that enable it to resist insects, herbs, and other factors that might cause damage.
Needless to say, the need for introducing innovative farming processes that will increase crop protection is the main objective behind production of genetically engineered plants. There are several types of viruses and insects that could bring damage to a crop but it would be impractical for a producer to purchase every single insecticide or herbicide to protect it from these substances that could be potentially damaging. As a result, a gene is introduction into the plant to increase its resistance against such substances. However, the genetic engineers that have developed this technology reassure consumers that it is totally safe for humans to eat.
Given the reasons behind the production of genetically engineered foods, it is easy to predict that consumers can’t expect them to be out of the market soon. And while this technology is still ongoing research and assessment, it is also important for buyers to take their own responsibility in making the right choices. You can therefore start your own protection effort to ensure that the safety of your family and their health is preserved.