GMO Food 101

GMO food

GMO food has been quite a hot-button topic for quite some time, but what is GMO exactly? People are led to believe that it’s some abomination people are putting in our food; a simple internet search will turn up thousands of confusing results like dense data, frightening images, etc. all with a healthy dose of skepticism.

So what is GMO? Is it good for us, bad for us, or does it matter in the slightest? In this article, we’re going to probe those questions and a few more to help you fully understand GMO once and for all.

What is GMO

GMO stands for “genetically modified organism” and it refers to “the process by which changes occur in an organism’s genome,” according to Michigan State University. Brad Day, professor and associate department chair for research at MSU, said: “It’s important to understand that all organisms – not just those that are the basis of foods – are genetically modified in some way, shape, or form.”

In fact, the process of genetic modification and selection is to thank for modern dog breeding and plant breeding. It’s a common practice found naturally and unnaturally in our world. All of the GMO stuff you hear about gets its roots in genetic engineering and are not only common but also naturally occurring to some degree.

Are GMOs Safe

One of the top things you’ll see surrounding GMOs is whether or not they’re safe. GMOs have been accused of being “unnatural,” “dangerous,” and even “toxic.”

Rebecca Grumet, of the MSU Department of horticulture, said: “Modification through genetic engineering. In terms of alterations to a plant’s genome, what’s important is not the method that was used. It’s what genes or traits have been introduced.

“The idea behind genetic engineering is that it’s more precise, and it lets scientists take advantage of traits present in a given species to better another.”

Grumet went on to say that “hundreds of independent research studies” have found no larger risk “associated with GM crops” and that there is “scientific consensus on this topic.”

GMOs are every bit as safe as other crops; misunderstanding and fear-mongering have led to the mass confusion on this topic.

Do We Need GMOs

The fact of the matter is that the US is spiraling towards overpopulation. We’re going to need new, creative ways to sustain our population. Genetically modified crops could be the solution to this problem. GM crops could allow for agriculture to grow to a more industrial scale fitting for the increasing population.

GM crops are also more affordable. They can be manufacture more GM crops for far cheaper than traditional agriculture. This makes it more sustainable for more of the population, not just options for the upper-classes.

So, in short, we do need GMOs. We need them to procure a sustainable future for all. We need genetic modification to survive.

GMO foods are not as dangerous or scary as some like to make them out to be. Genetically modified crops are actually a huge advancement to ensure sustainability for our ever-increasing population. It is not harmful to our bodies; in fact, every living being goes through the process of genetic modification, at least to some degree, as the body adapts to its surroundings in order to survive.

If you are still foggy on the topic of GMOs and genetic modification in general, we encourage you to research this fascinating subject further. It could be the way of the future and, perhaps, the only way to a sustainable future if we keep going at the rate we are.

6 thoughts on “GMO Food 101

  1. Dave says:

    Thanks! I try to cover topics that people will be interested in 🙂 Glad you find it informative.

  2. Well, it is understandable that human being shouldn’t always agree. On this matter, I have to say I only partially agree. Certain GMO are harmless indeed. Others are, and extremely badly. It simply depends on what genes are introduced into the plants. When a natural pesticide ( poisonous) is contained into some plants and is introduced into corn genes to avoid a loss of of harvesting, well, it repels insects and kil them, but the direct consequence is that we also eat this gene from the plant. All plants are not eatable.
    Studies (scientific studies, validated by piers) have shown that GMO causes cancers amongs other diseases.
    Another point: statistics in the U=s are showing that the life expectancy is now lower then it was. It means that with this modern food, in abundance, health is endangered by the actual food habit pattern and the way food is produced. In a matter of fact: we eat too much and we don’t eat well. Too much meat ( I am not saying: « be vegan », however we eat too much meat compared to healthier nation. We eat too much processed food too. And we eat too much modified weat: bringing to our breads the very fluffy texture, but: containing much much more gluten then the ancient weats non modified forms. Our gut is not genetically modified to manage these changes, this is leading our health to a série of auto immune diseases, leaking guts, and other trouble still not identified );
    A,d last but not least, we don’t have enough time, background on these new modified organisms to know for sure how deep it will affect our health, our wellbeing, and our demographic in a long term. So as fare as I enjoy reading your posts, I have to thank you for bringing this up, a,d letting me expressing some important points.

  3. Dave says:

    Glad you enjoyed the post. I think it’s true in many ways that unfortunately our modern diet isn’t as healthy as it used to be.

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