The Safety of Genetically Modified Foods

genetically modified food safetyAlthough developments in genetic modification and biotechnology have been growing in leaps and bounds, the concern for its applications in food for humans may still not be that well accepted. Even some concerned scientists agree to this. These group of scientists see that genetic modification research aiming to develop possible plant strains for human consumption are looking more to the economic side of things.

Biotechnology companies seem eager to put their genetically modified plant strains out in the market as soon as possible in order to recoup investments and earn as much profit as they possibly can. But this could not be, most especially now that scientists as well as concerned individuals are taking their stand in looking for further safety testing of such plants before they can be approved for release.

There seems to be a great divide between genetic modification opponents and its proponents. They seem to have a difference of opinion when it comes to how safe genetically modified foods can be on humans. GMO opponents seem to have a good reason why. It seems that, even with the different studies being done in order to improve plant strains through genetic modification, there seems to be a scarcity of research material that can attest to their being safe. It seems that there is little scientific study about the possible health risks.

The technology required for adequate safety testing of such organisms has not yet been fully developed in order to help assess potential risks posed by such new organisms, both to humans and to the environment. The preferred approach being used in the biotechnology industry today seems to be inadequate and may not be the right type of assessment that the GM opponents are looking for.

The reason why opponents to GMO’s immediate release for global use stems from scientific fact that they think may create risks and even possible harm. When crops are being genetically modified, one or more genes from a different plant or strain is being introduced into a host plant’s original genetic make-up. Studies as to how this practice will end up are scarce and the resulting genetically modified crop’s safety will remain a question mark unless further intensive studies are made.

What the opponents to GM crops are trying to drive is that researchers must first make sure that careful assessment of the GM plant’s safety should be ensured. This would require developing acceptable diagnostic processes that would allow the scientists to clearly define which GM crops are safe for human consumption and which ones would not prove harmful to the environment.

Genetic modification will continue to be a hotly contested field in science because of the many implications involved in its practice. Although the benefits may prove to be very promising, so will be the potential for risks. It can take just a single mistake that will have certain consequences that may become hard to take back. The road to genetic modification continues to be a long journey and most people prefer that scientists in the biotechnology sector to take small steps instead of big leaps in order to be safe.

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