The Present Position of Genetically Modified Food

Even though genetically modified food may seem to be a possible answer to problems of food shortages happening on many parts of the world, it seems that doubts as to their safety still crops up. You may have heard of genetically modified food as well as crops being safe and does not pose any harm to people, there are been studies done that may say the opposite. It seems that genetic engineering and its application on various plants today may have been used haphazardly before an establishment of safety standards may have been instituted.

The concern about GM foods is not a new problem. It has already been around for years. Although it might be considered that the concern and doubts on their safety may not be too far fetched, still there are some of them that have dominated into the commercial market. Some products containing partly of genetically modified food may have already reached many store shelves all over the world. And in the US, it may have already been accepted into the daily diet. Sadly, it may have already been in the consumer market without people knowing it.

In the US, about 80 percent of processed food contains some form of genetically modified food ingredients. They can be in many soybean products, vegetable oils, soft drinks, dairy products and various grains, just to name a few. And most of the time, consumers are kept in the dark whether what they have on their table may contain genetically modified food.

What makes consumption of genetically modified food a bit of a scare is that such novel crops may not have gone through considerable and extensive testing before they have been approved for commercial use. This has been a case of a promising technology that has been let out of the box too early. Up until present times, there have been a lot that scientists still need to learn about genetic engineering of plants, most especially about the probable consequences that they may have on humans, in the environment and the world at large. It is a technology that should have not yet been introduced into the masses before it has been carefully studies and with safety standards already in place.

But the opposite has already happened. The technology has already been introduced into the commercial market. Biotech companies have been given the go signal to release and introduce various GM crops in the agricultural sector. Farmers in the US are now planting GM crops in their fields. True, such farmers may have benefited largely on the cultivation of new crops. Better harvest lead to better profits. But will such profits benefit a larger portion of the population? Will the risk for present gains be worth the future consequences? With a technology that lacks established safety standards, it truly is a scary thought.

The consequences brought by the use of genetic modification on crops may not show itself in the immediate future or the doubts on it may seem to be unfounded. But still, the use of genetic modification still remains to be a case of hit or miss. Until the time that scientists have agreed collectively about the safety of this new technology, we are still living in dangerous times. Let us just hope that there won’t be any room left for regret.

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