Safety of Genetically Modified Organisms

573 Words Jan 26th, 2018 2 Pages
Currently available GM foods stem mostly from plants, but in the future foods derived from GM microorganisms or GM animals are likely to be introduced on the market. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods, and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food. Currently available GM foods stem mostly from plants, but in the future foods derived from GM microorganisms or GM animals are likely to be introduced on the market. Most of the concern surrounding GMO’s relates to their potential for negative effects on the environment and human health. are genetically modified plants (FDA website). As a result of these risks, many people in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and other nations are demanding non-genetically modified (non-GMO) foods.

A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. FAO/WHO Codex guidelines exist for risk analysis of GM food. Scientists have cited many health and environmental risks with genetically modified (GM) foods. Most existing genetically modified crops have been developed to improve yield, through the introduction of resistance to plant diseases or of increased tolerance of herbicides.

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