Case Study : Genetically Modified Foods

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Case Study: Genetically Modified Foods

Genetically modified foods, also referred to as GM foods, are foods produced from modified organisms, causing them to grow in an unnatural way. Over the past decades, GM foods have filled society’s needs as it allows a number of fruit and vegetables to be produced all year round. For example, inserting organisms from the Arctic Flounder Fish into tomato DNA to increase growth in extremely cold temperatures. This narrows the chances of tomatoes becoming frozen. The original guiding principle for genetic modification is to get 100% crop yield, which refers to the measure of grains or seeds per unit of land.

Development of Genetically Modified Foods
Since the late 1900s, genetically modified foods have slowly been emerging. In 1975, a formal meeting was held with the intention of creating guidelines and safety regulations for the use of genetically engineered DNA. This led to the Food and Drug Administration approving the E-coli bacteria idea which was the cause of GM foods being sold in grocery stores. In 1999, GM foods began to rapidly dominate the market. For example, genetically modified tomatoes were first sold to consumers in 1994. It has been proven that genetically modified tomatoes produce a smaller amount of substance that causes tomatoes to rot, allowing them to remain fresh for a longer time.

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