GMOs: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

As we move forward into the 21st century we have learned how to modify organisms that we eat in order to resist pathogens, herbicides, and protect land for future generations. GMO’s are becoming more available as we progress, but ar e these foods safe for human consumption? Should we stick to eating organic foods that we know are safer and purer?

What Are GMOs?

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are organisms whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. GMOs are sold worldwide, especially in the United States and can be found in our daily grocery stores. According to the The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Leftover bacteria depending on the GMO can be toxic to the human body such as insecticides.

How To Identify Genetically Modified Organisms

Until recently GMO’s have not been labeled in American markets. The USDA plans to implement labeling of for food manufacturers importers, and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about BE food
and BE food ingredients. This will give consumers a better ability to choose what they put in their bodies and possibly avoid the health issues that might arise from consuming them. Eating GMO’S can trigger allergic reactions, can contribute to the development of some cancers and heighten gene transfer.

Pros of Bio Engineered Foods

Although there is a risk with GMO’s, there are also pros to having the foods genetically altered. As stated earlier manufacturers produce plants that are more resistant to pathogens and herbicides. Genetically modified foods can also help become more resistant to certain diseases spread by insects as well as viruses. Modified plants can be higher in nutrition levels than normal organic plants. GMOs can help lower the cost of the food as well as providing a better quality of food to all.

GMOs will continue to enter the market. It will be hard to identify until 2020 when manufacturers must label products. With pros and cons, consumers will be able to have a better say on what they allow in their body.

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