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Are genetically modified foods safe for individuals to consume?

  • Genetically modified foods are safe because otherwise they would not be available and approved.

    As a society we continue to eat processed and enhanced foods. There are a variety of juices and drinks that we consume on a daily basis that are modified from their original form. As a result we have been consuming modified food for years. Genetically modified food can be developed to give us the essentials that we need.

    Posted by: AlricNic3r
  • Yes, genetically modified foods are safe for human consumption, as long as the proper safety procedures are followed.

    Genetically modified foods go through a "food risk assessment" to ensure their safety for consumption. Because the idea is so new though, no one can be 100% positive that they're completely safe. However, in following the right procedures and creating the food in a proper way, the food should be safe to consume.

    Posted by: Qu4ntBenj
  • Genetically modified foods are safe for individuals to consume because the foods have been tested for safety.

    Corporations that sell genetically modified foods have tested that the foods are safe for human consumption, thus they are safe for individuals to eat. To some degree, much of the food that people consume has been modified by chemicals or other means so genetically modified food really isn't all that different or inherently unsafe.

    Posted by: Sk8rChri
  • We have been genetically modifying food for thousands of years - now we just do it faster.

    At the level of DNA, there is no difference between food that is genetically modified by selection and crossbreeding, and food that is modified in a laboratory. For thousands of years mankind has been modifying their crops and livestock - choosing only the biggest, tastiest, etc. Now, we have the opportunity to directly modify the DNA, instead of modifying it through selection. The result is the same, but the process is much faster. In both cases, there is the potential for unintended consequences. Genes that cause corn to be bigger may cause it have less vitamins or genes that make beef more tender might increase the risk of heart disease, etc. GMOs are not radioactive - they won't directly cause cancer or birth defects. That doesn't mean they are completely risk-free, but they are almost certainly more safe than pesticides, herbicides, and other truly man-made substances.

    Posted by: Iuk45Grinder
  • GM food is safer

    The GM technology for food production is far safer because of the less need for dangerous insecticide to control pests and insects.
    The technology helps farmers to grow crops with less herbicides to control weeds and produces higher and more profitable crops.
    As a food consumer i endorse GM technology to enhance global food security for our future generations.

  • This issue is a key area of scientific ignorance.

    The problem in this debate is a lack of scientific communication to the public of the methods of genetic manipulation. Genetic manipulation is a technology that is more precise and far more predictable than the crop hybridisation that has been carried out by humans since the beginning of farming over 10,000 years ago with absolutely no ill effects!

    When a single gene is randomly added to a genome (as was originally done in the earliest gm crops) there is almost no statistical chance of any ill effects arising since most of the DNA sequence is non-coding DNA and, as a result, addition of the gene to these sections would have no side effects at all. In the extremely unlikely event that a gene is added in the middle of another gene this would simply cause what is known as an "insertion error" or a "gene truncation", which almost always results in an unviable organism. In the almost impossible event that this organism is somehow viable any ill effects would almost certainly be caught by clinical trials. Essentially, even in early gm crops the statistical likelihood of any side-effects at all is pretty much zero (to many, many decimal places). Of course, even this tiny, tiny likelihood is now virtually non-existent thanks to the development of modern DNA insertion methods that allow for a gene to be precisely inserted into a sequence that is known in advance to be unused and therefore 100% safe.

    Many people argue that gm crops are "not natural" and therefore are dangerous. While this seems intuitive, it represents a common but blatant reasoning error. After all, just because something is synthetic does not make it inherently unhealthy and just because its natural does not make it healthy. In fact, most of the most toxic substances known to man are 100% natural! (For example: tetrodotoxin, digoxin, botulinum, sphingomyelinase D, etc, etc, etc)

    The other main argument against these breakthroughs is the simple fact that many of them were developed by the Monsanto corporation, and that they apparently for some reason don't make anything unless it is evil. (I bet it's hilarious when they apply for a business loan! "So, sir, what is your business model?" "Well, we intend to establish ourselves as the worlds leading provider of evil products with the eventual aim of world domination! Muahahahahaha!" *bank manager backs away slowly and mashes the silent alarm button*) Again, just because they invented something doesn't make it evil. Is acetic acid production evil? Is astroturf evil? Are new crops that have the potential to save millions from starvation evil? I don't agree with corporate oligopolization of beneficial technologies but let's not deceive ourselves into thinking this technology isn't beneficial as a result!

  • There has been no valid scientific study (despite much finding from anti-GMO groups) that suggest that GMO foods are harmful.

    First off the vast majority of scientists who have studied the effects of these foods have found no evidence to suggest that GMOs pose any health risks and are, in fact, better for you due to the increased nutrients levels made possible through GE.

    Secondly, GE foods go through a much more rigorous FDA approval process than non GE foods, so there is more oversight not less. This mania over GMOs is merely a side-effect of another trend.

    This trend is people growing distrust and discontent with large corporations and government that they feel care little for them due to various reasons. The after effects of the Vietnam/Iraq wars, globalization, high unemployment levels, outsourcing, etc.

    A large minority or even perhaps a majority of the public either cannot or will not read through actual scientific research in order to find out the absolute truth for themselves. They seem to prefer to sit back and be spoon fed easy to understand political spin and fear tactics.

  • great for developing countries

    GM crops will actually (Depending on their modification) help developing countries in many ways, although most of us would say no, people in Africa resolve to drinking water that is full of bacteria and foods that have rotted out in the sun for days. The introduction of GM foods to these area's will not only solve hunger issues but give people a shot at a better life, using GM technology we can develop crops which are can thrive within these harsh environments and provide a source of food, jobs (as self reliant as they are they still need to be maintained) and better community with the reduce risk of contamination and disease

    Posted by: Tec9
  • At the level of DNA:

    At the level of DNA, there is no difference between food that is genetically modified by selection and crossbreeding, and food that is modified in a laboratory. For thousands of years mankind has been modifying their crops and livestock - choosing only the biggest, tastiest, etc. Now, we have the opportunity to directly modify the DNA, instead of modifying it through selection. The result is the same, but the process is much faster. In both cases, there is the potential for unintended consequences. Genes that cause corn to be bigger may cause it have less vitamins or genes that make beef more tender might increase the risk of heart disease, etc. GMOs are not radioactive - they won't directly cause cancer or birth defects. That doesn't mean they are completely risk-free, but they are almost certainly more safe than pesticides, herbicides, and other truly man-made substances.

  • GMO's have plenty of vitamin A which we humans need in order to be healthy individuals.

    GMO's have been recorded to help the eyesight and health of many people because it holds vitamin A. Vitamin A is the key to GMO and our eyesight. Many people are losing their eyesight and soon dying because of Vitamin A Deficiency. Vitamin A deficiency has been proven to kill 8 million people in the last 12 years and 670,000 children of the age 5 and under.

  • I feel that genetically modified foods are unsafe to eat, because we as humans need proper nourishment.

    Using the internet I have discovered that all kinds of vegetables and other processed foods are full of mercury that over a period of time can cause brain function to decrease. Also it just seems odd that so many fruits are so large compared to the organically grown fruits.

    Posted by: NewtMyh3r0
  • These foods are not natural at all for the body to consume.

    Most of the time, foods that are rich in natural ingredients work best for your body. Modified foods can hurt you and are not well suited for anyone to absorb into their bloodstreams. The cost is more and for what?! I believe that it is a very smart idea to think natural and not eat what someone modified because it isn't natural.

    Posted by: waffletime
  • Genetically modified foods are tested by the Food & Safety Administration, whom I trust, which is why I believe they are safe to consume.

    The United States of America, has some of the highest standards, practices, and regulations governing our production and distribution of food. Currently, the Food Safety and Inspection Service has detected an Egg-Salmonella outbreak and is in the process of administrating a recall on the produce. Furthermore, our nation uses a tiered system, which starts with Federal standards, and then follows State and local standards. This method ensures the check & balances, maintaining multiple-person integrity over the food that is distributed to our consumers.

    Posted by: Asher Cummings
  • its too late

    every living thing on this planet is affected by gm wether organic or not, aluminium in the atmosphere has contaminated everything, hence the patent for aluminium resistant grain, I struggle to trust the fda based on their pathetic and cruel history, all food consumed on earth has been genetically modified at some stage in its life

  • Untill there is evidence that supports it, we should be cautious and label and monitor GMO foods

    GMO wheat has been heavily modified to the extent that some grains can not grow unless heavily fertilized. Most won't produce any seeds making us all dependend on grain producers like Monsanto. (recently patented aluminum resistant strain-why?) When you look at our Food pyramid: grains are the most desirable. Isn't it ironic that obesity is our newest condition? I would propose dual market: organic (non-GMO) and commercial (mass produced-GMO) to allow customers to make their own decision. However, mixing plant and animal/human genes/DNA must be banned. What is a purpose of it? Can anyone assure safety of fertilizers and weed killers used in GMO process?

  • Untill there is evidence that supports it, we should be cautious and label and monitor GMO foods

    GMO wheat has been heavily modified to the extent that some grains can not grow unless heavily fertilized. Most won't produce any seeds making us all dependend on grain producers like Monsanto. (recently patented aluminum resistant strain-why?) When you look at our Food pyramid: grains are the most desirable. Isn't it ironic that obesity is our newest condition? I would propose dual market: organic (non-GMO) and commercial (mass produced-GMO) to allow customers to make their own decision. However, mixing plant and animal/human genes/DNA must be banned. What is a purpose of it? Can anyone assure safety of fertilizers and weed killers used in GMO process?

  • Put your body first, don't trust scientifically altered food

    Genetically modified foods are altered by man and connot compare to any fresh unaltered produce. Genetically modified foods only add to the amount of artificial toxins in our bodies which are already had in axcess such as junk foods, tinned food, cereals etc. An altered source of food is the last thing the human race needs.

  • They're an unknown

    We still do not fully understand the effects that intentionally mutating an organism, at the genetic level (this is different to selective breeding) will have, especially on the human body. Some research claims they cause cancer and disabilities, other research claim they are fine. So, no, I do not think that we can say that they are 'safe'.

  • No. I don't think so...

    There are plenty of reason we should not be genetically engineering our food. I feel the main reason is because we know very little about the side-effects and it will be some time before we actually have proof that is has benefits to offer us. As it is, there are insects out there building resistance to modified food crops, thereby forcing us to create new methods of eliminating them. There's even some pests that are now completely immune to pesticides and other forms of treatment. All because we thought we could make a plant grow more efficiently. The Hopi Indians have grown corn in 6 inches of sand, with little rain in the SW part if the US for decades. Surely there are other methods of farming than genetically modifying crops to produce more.

  • I don't think that genetically modified foods are safe for individuals to consume because we don't know what is being used to alter them.

    Genetically modifying some food crops might unintentionally introduce a new allergen and in doing that people will be buying those foods unaware of what has been added and endangering their health or the health of their families. We also will not be prepared to treat those new allergens if we don't know what they are.

    Posted by: ender31444

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