According to the GM Science Review, genetically modified foods are foods made from organisms that have had changes made to their DNA through genetic engineering. Calgene’s “Flavr Savr” delayed-ripening tomato was the first genetically modified crop product which was commercially sold in 1994. Since then, more and more staple crop products were the focus for genetic modification. Some popular examples of modification include resistance to herbicides and pathogens. There is a general agreement among scientists that eating GMOs have no greater effect on human health than standard food, though many members of the public will disagree. Some countries have even banned GMOs, while other countries allow them but to different degrees of regulation.
I personally do not think genetically modified foods are dangerous for people to consume. The government sets laws and regulations to ensure food safety and state that GMOs must be tested in a case by case basis before introducing them to the public. Millions of citizens in nations around the around, especially America, consume GMOs everyday. I believe that consuming any one or type of food too much can be a great risk whether it is genetically modified or not. If anything, some GMOs are better and more convenient to eat because of the positive changes being made to the DNA.
Human life depends heavily on what is being consumed, therefore the safety of eating genetically modified foods is definitely an important topic that needs to be discussed; especially in today’s world where the total population is growing exponentially and the capacity to produce food is shrinking. The expansion of agriculture is becoming less and less of a possibility due to the environmental consequences that can result (less land for wildlife and forests, carbon emission, soil erosion, etc). Genetic engineering can provide a positive solution to these issues.
This topic typically thrives in the general public, mostly adults (especially parents), farmers, and environmentalists. Concerned and uninformed parents are wary of feeding GM food to their children. Farmers rely on GMO production to sustain their livelihood and most likely give their livestock GM feed. Many environmentalists see GMOs as a bad thing for our planet due to pesticides, however others think that GMOs allow for sustainable farming. The rest of the general public are simply uninformed of what is GMO and what isn’t, as well as the nutrient content of GM food versus organic.