GMOs have been a hot topic that has been debated for decades, as those in favor of its use argue it is highly beneficial for humans due to better nutrition and for farmers to produce crops more rapidly and inexpensively to continue to feed our ever growing world. But those who oppose the use of GMOs in food argue it can adversely affect the human body and create numerous health issue. Let’s digest what consuming GM food products can do to the human body and how it affects overall health now.
What Are GMOs?
Genetically modified organisms, commonly called GMOs, are defined as organisms such as plants, animals, or microorganisms, where its genetic material (DNA) has been altered in such a manner that it does not occur naturally through mating or natural recombination. This type of technology is called ‘modern biotechnology,’ ‘gene technology,’ ‘recombinant DNA technology,’ or ‘genetic engineering.’ This technology allows scientists to select individual genes to be transferred from one organism into another, and also between non-related species. One of the primary objectives of developing plants with GM organisms is to improve crop protection against plant diseases caused by viruses or insects.
Foods produced from or using genetically modified (GM) organisms are called GM foods and are labeled as such due to numerous state or provincial laws. GM foods are developed and marketed as having a perceived advantage, which is a more affordable product with improved nutrition and durability.
What exactly happens to the human body when it consumes GMOs? Continue reading to reveal these answers and more now.