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Do genetically modified foods take less time to grow?


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2014-09-20 00:05:41
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Genetically Modified foods, or GM foods, can be genetically modified with many different goals in mind. This can be for a faster maturation time or it could be for insect resistance, drought resistance, higher yeild, etc.

Most GMO foods today are genetically manipulated to be resistant to herbicides or to produce an insecticide within the plant itself. Genetic engineering has no affect on their maturation.


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There is no evidence that suggests GMO foods have increased yields or cost less.

Genetically modified foods happened because man discovered that a gene could be removed from one species and forced into the cells of another species to bring about a desired trait in the host, or that a gene could be removed from an organism, modified in some way, and inserted back into the same organism. In the most common genetically modified foods today (2015), the desired trait is either resistance to a herbicide or to produce an insecticide in the plant itself, although there are some other, less common traits produced through genetic modification.

Well it is commonly known as genetically modified food, not biologically modified food, and it is where the genes of specific foods are manipulated or altered. This may be for example to alter the genetics of a vegetable to ensure they can not freeze, thus shipping this vegetable is slightly less of a hassle.

You would have to speak directly to farmers to get their reactions to genetically modified food, but it is likely that if it makes them more profits with less effort, they like it in that respect.

Genetically modified foods or GM foods are foods grown and genes of another plant or living thing is inserted into a plant. It modifies it to the characteristics of the gene inserted such as a flower gene inserted into a pumpkin plant. The pumpkin plant will produce more pollens than it normally does. The gene has to be specific such as to a length of gene about the production of pollens which a pumpkin plant produces less. Specific genes are inserted into plant to make them more nutritional than it does normally so its more healthy to eat. Or the specific gene of a living thing may cause the plant to survive and grow in the cold depending on the living thing and the gene does.

Genetically modified plants have been created to be as large and healthy as they possibly can. For example, there is a formula for corn that makes them have larger kernels and are generally more resilient to bugs and other problems like drought. Basically they yield more food to consume and require less effort to grow.

Reasons people are against the use of genetically modified foods vary. Some are:The belief that genetically modified crops were not sufficiently tested (though it is said that they were) before they were approved by the USDA and FDA for commercial use.The involvement of the corporations that produce GMOs, especially Monsanto, in the regulatory process in the United StatesThe concern that a few corporations will eventually control the food supplyThe belief that life should not be patentedThe concern that horizontal breeding may allow the spread of the genes to other species of plantsThe reality that after a few years, crops that are genetically modified cause more herbicides, not less, to be usedThe concern that government regulations are not as strong as they should be due to genetic modification of plants being a fairly new technology and once the modifications are released into the environment, there is no way to reverse any negative consequences.

Genetically modified foods may or may not be good for you. Here are some things to consider: Genetically modified foods are often modified to be resistant to herbicides or to produce an insecticide in the plant itself. Since Round-up (glyphosate) resistant GMO crops have been introduced, the use of glyphosate has doubled and so has the EPA's guidelines on safe amounts in foods, while the use of other pesticides has dropped less than 10% in the United States. Weeds have developed resistance to glyphosate and varieties that are resistant to more toxic herbicides have now been developed and will no doubt be approved for use by the USDA and the FDA. Having more pesticides in our foods, soil, and environment is not a good thing. Varieties that are engineered to produce an insecticide in the plant itself, though supposed to have no effects on human health, are suspected from anecdotal evidence to have negative effects on the digestive system and intestines. There is no evidence that GMO foods are more nutritious than non-GMO or organic foods. There is a study that shows massive tumors in rats, but many scientists and government agencies have pointed out flaws in it.

An advantage of genetically modified (GMO) crops was that less of the herbicide that the crop is resistant to is needed, meaning less pesticide residue may be present in harvested crops and in the environment. Unfortunately, that only seems to last a few years and then more of the pesticide is needed. For farmers, an advantage is that the pesticide can be sprayed on the crop directly.

Genetically modified food, sometimes called Round-Up Ready, has been genetically modified to accept certain pesticides better (Monsanto's Round Up, for example). It is not of greater nutritional value, it does not grow better, it does not grow faster, and it does not resist bugs better. It merely accepts pesticides better meaning you can use less. If your neighbor grows GMF and it spreads to your fields (by wind or bug or whatever), you will be charged a fee for having it in your field. Also whether or not the food is safe in humans has not been determined by any long-term studies. Who does it effect? Potentially everyone because once that genie is out of the bottle, there is no telling what long-term effects it will have on us or the environment.

Genetically modified food would allow scientists to control the nutrients that exist within the fruit, therefore allowing accurate consumption of all elements. This would be beneficial for those in Less Economically Developed Countries as one source of food will supply them with many nutrients.

In a way, yes. Genetically modified crops generally require less chemical application. ie, crops that have been modified to be resistant to pests do not require the application of pesticides or require fewer applications.

Some benefits include: -More crops -More successful crops -Higher nutrient contents -Allowing farmers to grow them in varying conditions (Better environmental resistance, requires less nutrients for growth)) -More resistant to diseases and pests

Many people are opposed to eating Genetically Modified (GM) foods, including GM crops, because they feel that inadequate research has been done into the long-term health effects of eating these foods. The root of these concerns is that some GMOs have genetic material from sources that people wouldn't generally want associated with their food; one common addition is that of genes from poisonous plants or animals to create chemicals that kill pest insects. There are also people who oppose GM foods because of the perception that they are unnatural. With trends of growing popularity of natural foods, the thought of eating something designed in a lab is less appealing to a growing number of people. There is also a perception by many people that the GM foods will have taste or texture that differ significantly and unpleasantly from the unmodified varieties.

One known harmful environmental effect is that after a few years, GMO crops require more, not less, herbicides to be used. It is not known whether the varieties that are engineered to produce an insecticide are harming non-targeted insects such as honey bees and butterflies, or if the genes inserted into the genetically modified varieties will horizontally transfer to other species over time.

Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from genetically modified organisms, either plant or animal. In the context of GM, "genetically modified" refers to organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. These techniques are much more precise than mutagenesis (mutation breeding) where an organism is exposed to radiation or chemicals to create a non-specific but stable change. Other techniques by which humans modify food organisms which are technically ALSO type of "genetic modification" include selective breeding (both for plants and animals) and somaclonal variation.No GM animal products are currently on the market although there is ongoing work on modifying animal genetics (selective breeding, the earliest method of genetic modification, has been going on since prehistoric times). In 2006 a pig was produced that had been genetically modified to produce omega-3 fatty acids by inclusion of some roundworm genes that were spliced into the pig genes. Other animals have been modified to have more efficient conversion of their feed into meet or to produce manure with less phosphorous.Common food staples that have been improved by GM include soybeans, corn, canola (rapeseed), cotton seed oil, alfalfa, tomatoes, sugar cane, sugar beets, rice, squash, and sweet peppers. Improvements include higher nutritional values, disease resistance, herbicide resistance, pest resistance, and resistance to softening and rotting after harvest.Foods derived from these staples may contain some of the genetically modified versions of the staple. Foods containing GM plant content are more common in the US than in the rest of the world. In Europe and Australia, this is primarily due to political opposition based on competition with non-GM foods produced in European countries and fears of possible unknown side effects of the genetic modification of the plants. In the rest of the world it is more a factor of the unavailability of these foods due to the initial costs of licensing the patented varieties and the comparative poverty of the "3rd world" nations.

The supposed advantages of Genetically-Modified Organisms depend on the foods or animals involved and their goals. For instance, you could create tomatoes that don't rot as fast, apples that don't brown when exposed to air, foods with a better health profile, and plants that kill insects on their own. So food can be healthier, more plentiful, last longer, or require less work to produce it. However, things are not always as it seems, and attempts to create healthier foods often tend to result in more dangerous foods and causes serious political and legal problems.

Yes and no. Unprocessed foods are natural foods such as vegetables, grains, meats and fish. These are often consumed without mechanically, or chemically processing before reaching your kitchen. However, minimally processed foods, such as flour, cocoa, corn, butchered meats and so on are still natural. Highly processed foods such as cooking oils, boxed cereals, American cheese [not real cheese], frozen dinners, ...etc. obviously are not "natural" foods, but processed either chemically or mechanically. {cooking is a mechanical processing}. So processing does not necessarily determine if a food is "natural" but the more processing done the less natural a food may be. Organic foods and genetically engineered foods are two other categories which do not necessarily determine how "natural" a food might be. Genetically modified organisms might be labelled as "natural" just as organically grown foods can be processed such that they are no longer "natural". [for instance: organic American cheese] Note: Monosodium Glutamate [msg] is a highly processed salt substitute which is often labelled as a "natural flavoring". The label "natural" on food products can be, and is, applied liberally to both unprocessed and processed foods.

Everyone doesn't say organic is better. People who say organic is better believe that because truly organically grown foods are not grown using synthetic fertilizers and pesicides that cause harm to the enviroment and can have harmful effects on human health. They also believe organic is better because organically grown foods are not genetically modified, and they do not believe that the safety of GMOs has been adequately proven. Additionally, organic processed foods use less or no artificial colors or non organic preservatives.

Glofish were the first genetically modified organism that was sold in the market that have reached sales of about 200 million per year in the last 50 years in the US.Farmers lose less money in buying and growing crops. They don't have to use lots of pesticides so that the environment doesn't get polluted.GMO tolerence to getting wasted make them easier to grow so that the price for many of the foods could drop and people will have more to eat in poorer countries.

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Foods to eat are natural foods. Foods not to eat are junk food and less healthier foods.

Congress has not actually had much to do with passing legislation in regard to genetically modified food production. Mainly, it has been regulated by the USDA (planting of GM crops) and the FDA (regulation of GMOs in foods that are produced). The EPA plays a part, too. Basically, the regulatory agencies have allowed commercial planting and production of GMO foods with very little actual oversight and regulation since 1996. Now, almost all soy and corn planted in the United States is GMO, and more kinds of GMO are being planted. In the future, on our current course, more and more GMO crops will be developed and planted, even though there is no evidence that yields are greater or that they are more nutritious (maybe less), and there is evidence that GMO production increases use of herbicides, and cross-pollination of GMO varieties threatens biodiversity.

Because - the more our towns and cities expand into the countryside - the less land there is for us to grow our own food.

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