Benefits Of Genetically Modified Food

2058 Words Dec 9th, 2014 9 Pages
Genetic engineering is the introduction of genes to an organism from a species that is totally unrelated and which is usually carried on bacteria, crops or agricultural animals. Genetically modified organism may be created for varying reasons such as increasing yields or drought and pest resistance. Medical implications are also vast such as saving lives of victims who are carriers of type 1 Diabetes since bacteria that is genetically engineered produces insulin (Nelson 278). The modification may alter the growth rate of an organism or even have an effect of totally changing its metabolism. GMOs are widely used for the production of other goods other than food.
The production of Genetically Modified food has been confronted with controversies which discredit the production of such foods in relation to the overall benefits they have to offer within the society (Nelson 138). The controversies include the long term effects that these foods pose to the health of human beings and their environment, the impact that such foods have on the farmers, whether or not such foods should be labelled and the role governments are playing in the regulation of these foods. The bone of contention has been whether the GMO foods are substantially equivalent to the other food substances that have not been genetically modified.
Controversy on the benefits of genetically modified foods
Regulating the genetic food production has been a concern to governments as they try to manage the risks and…
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