GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD (PART 2)
When dealing with the processing of genetically modified foods, it’s taken into consideration the gruesome task in producing some of these foods which are sometimes harmful to human health.
Some of the foods we eat are genetically modified as they are not freshly gotten from the farm.
The fruit and veggies that we consume on daily basis are genetically modified.
This has brought widespread condemnation from both farmers, health workers, food and beverage processing companies, the health sector and all involved as its production is always not a healthy one.
Carica Papaya which is commonly known as pawpaw has also not been left out in the quest for genetically modifying them. Pawpaw was genetically modified to resist the ring spot virus.
This was genetically modified because of the disaster it faced in the 1990s because of the deadly papaya ringspot virus. In order for it not to be wiped out, there was a need for its genetic modification for saving it from going into extinction.
Today 80% of it is now genetically engineered as there is no organic method to control the ringspot virus.
A new type of potato called The New Leaf Potato, was genetically engineered also using bacteria that were occurring naturally in the soil known as Bacillus thuringiensis was produced to provide in-plant protection from the Colorado potato beetle.
It was developed for the fast food market because it was used daily in food production but was short lived after its retailers rejected it in 2001 and was immediately withdrawn from the market.
Corn which is also used as food and in the production of ethanol is also genetically engineered to tolerate different herbicides and also express a protein from Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) which kills some kinds of insects.
Recent studies have shown that about 90% of corn grown in the U.S is genetically modified in 2010. In 2015 in the U.S, 81% of corn acreage were contained of the BT trait. Corn can also be processed into flour, grits, and can be used as meal in pancakes, doughnuts, batters, breading, as well as cereals and some fermented products, baby foods and meat products.
Even the sweet corn which is being used as one of the ingredients in making salads is not left out as it’s also genetically modified.
As the consumption of these genetically modified foods seem to prove to be healthy and safe for consumption as advertised by many advertising agencies, let’s not forget to look at the harmful effects of the consumption of these foods as they are dangerous to human health.
As more research is been carried out on GMF, there should be a greater awakening that some companies have made them look so safe for human consumption. So before buying any food or canned product off the shelf, let’s take ample time to peruse its ingredients which is always clearly written on the body.
Also, there are several controversies surrounding the authenticity of the consumption of GMF as most companies producing them claim to be healthy and nutritious to the body.
This controversies arises from the use of food made from the genetically modified crops. These disputes arises from the farmers, consumers, agricultural bio-technologists, government regulations, scientists and non-government regulations.
Majority of its disagreement stems from if these GMFs can be consumed safely, if they are harmful to the environment/have benefiting effects on its consumers, and/or if they are tested adequately.
IN LIVING HEALTHY LIVES WE SHOULD GO BACK TO OUR ROOTS OF EATING FRESHLY MADE FOODS GOTTEN FROM THE FARM
SAY NO TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS!!