|Posted by titantv on March 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM|
By Nathan Yates
Lurking in the shadows of crop planting and food processing, a new potential threat has arisen; The GMFs. GMF stands for genetically modified food, the process of genetically altering the DNA in everyday food to create new and better crops and taste quality in food. This method has made a big splash in the news lately.
According to CSA.com, European environmental organizations have been protesting against GM foods for months, and also conducted studies about the effects of genetically modified corn pollen on monarch butterfly caterpillars, which has been making them die.
There is a growing concern that introducing different genes into food plants may have an negative effect on human health as well. There is a possibility that introducing a gene into a plant may create a new allergen.
Genetically modified foods do, however, have the potential to solve many of the world's hunger and reduce use of chemical pesticides. There are many obstacles ahead for governments, including safety testing and food labeling. Many people feel that genetic engineering is the future and that we cannot afford to ignore a technology that could be useful. However, we must proceed with caution to avoid causing unintended harm to human health and the environment as a result of our use for powerful technology.
Tammy Yates, a local seafood restaurant manager, revealed her opinion on the matter. “All of our seafood comes from the sea. We have no risk of genetically modified food making it’s way into our food, but for people who are exposed to the altered genes, I think it could be harmful.”
All in all, genetically altering food could be the solution to many problems in the world, however they should be careful, and be prepared to take on unexpected effects.