Genetically Modified Food

GM Foods are genetically modified to have more appealing properties or to be more practical. Some traits that are modified are resistance to insects and disease while growing, delayed ripening, better color, or larger growth. While this is good for businesses, the practice is highly controversial within some circles. There are health and safety concerns surrounding these foods.

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Does Archer Farms use genetically modified ingredients in their foods?

Food and chemicals need to be stored in support areas to prevent an accident caused by identical packages on products. Following the material safety data sheets offered with each salon chemical is critical for preventing mishaps.

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Does genetically modified food cause birth defects?

There is nothing that suggests that GMO foods cause birth defects, though there are other health issues that are possibly linked to eating genetically modified foods.

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Do genetically modified foods take less time to grow?

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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What are some of the risks associated with genetically modifying foods?

The risks for genetically modified foods can be drawn from popular factoids (information based on rumour and CNN) or from science. Factoid information indicates these foods cause everything from dull chakras to cancer. allergies, autism, sexual malfunction and mutant children.

Scientific studies indicate that these problems do not happen as a result of eating GM foods.

Almost all modern foods are the result of cultivating mutated base stocks that are tastier, easier to grow, healthier and more pest resistant. As a consequence all food is "genetically modified"

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Is genetically modified food better to use in Canada?

(Please note that the question asks for an opinion; therefore, the responses given below contain personal views, not factual information.)

Never Better GM FoodsGenetically modified food is NOT better to use in Canada or anywhere in the world for at least two reasons: // First, some studies have shown that genetically modified foods harm the environment by contaminating non-genetically modified varieties, changing the insect population, and altering the environment in a harmful way. // Secondly, no one knows the short and long-term effects GM foods will have on humans and animals. Since studies have shown that the effects on the environment are harmful, it only makes sense that eating those foods will also harm us! Sadly, most foods in the supermarkets in the US have genetically modified ingredients in them. I assume the same is true in Canada. And Here is MoreThe above poster is absolutely correct! Look what they have done with chicken and beef; loaded with hormones, so my thoughts are that the U.S. and Canada are worried about the over-weight population, but it's our own governments that allow hormones in our foods not to mention hidden fats and sugars. Genetically modified food certainly is not better for you and it's wise to read your labels, or if in doubt when buying especially meat, ask the butcher (by law they have to tell you the truth.) We have wild Salmon in Canada and then Farmed Salmon and we are fighting against having Farmed Salmon and dread the thought of some of them getting loose and setting off a catastrophe with Wild Salmon. Most of us refuse to buy it. One large food chain was selling Farmed Salmon as Wild Salmon and got caught and heavily fined. And Here is Still More

We continue to apply European standards to all world crop manipulation despite the fact that it has been going on for centuries. In Western countries 1% of the population is engaged or attached to agriculture. In certain African countries that figure is 80% and still 20% of that population starve. Bananas are their only form of agriculture and are effected by a deadly rust which can be fixed by inserting a rice gene. The alternative remedy is to use gigantic quantities of herbicide at a price that is beyond the capacity of the people to pay. And don't think the bananas are like the ones we Westerners prefer, they have to be peeled like potatoes and stewed to make them barely palatable. Such differences indicate the already extensive genetic modification that has taken place over hundreds of years. The word "harmful" is often used emotively to engender fear but the failure to modify crops also has harmful effects, it is simply that unmodified crops are more noticeable in Africa than in Canada where there are more alternative foods. It is interesting that the anti-vaccination lobby has an interest in genetic modification, the source of all vaccines, which, along with the discovery that cooking raw food was healthier, brought man out of the dark-ages.

GM plantations in African research plantations have the usual barbed wire around them, but NOT to guard against anti-GM invaders, it is to stop the locals from stealing the rust resistant experimental crop. Once again, the motivation is different.

We in the West have the luxury to reject such modifications and yet bananas and strawberries such as we know and love, came from this same genetic modification, except it was done blind-folded. To say that genetically modified food is not recommended anywhere in the world is a down-right untruth. Apart from the African situation I have mentioned, people have been eating genetically modified foof for centuries. The common potato is one example.

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Genetically modified food is not recommended anywhere in the world for we don't know what kind of diseases they may cause on human genes in the long run. Almost all the farmers anywhere in the world would opt for organic farming which deliver not only good nutrients in the crop but also they were grown in the natures wild. A little bit of fertilizer is good to use otherwise it is important that man doesn't change the natures balance and act god at least in fields of agriculture and nutrition.

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What are the disadvantages of genetically modified food?

Some supposed disadvantages (none of which have been proven) include that the food is harmful to the environment and/or humans. Overall though, no major health hazards have come to light since GM food was introduced.
One of the main disadvantages of GM food is the effect on our body can sometimes be harmful. The same hormones or chemicals used to grow the food can pass into our systems and effect our body. When you see GM chickens, they are often young, but hormones help them grow faster. If this hormone was passed to us by the chicken, young children's growth could eventually be sped up. That's the disadvantage. Hope that helps.....
1.Harm to other organisms

2.Gm food may cause health problems

3.Possible damages to the environment

4.GM food may gain undesirable properties

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Are all organic foods GMO free?

If a food product is labeled 100% organic and is labeled with and USDA Organic seal, it must be completely free of genetically modified products by government regulations. On the other hand, foods that are labeled "Made with Organic Ingredients" or simply "Organic" are not as tightly regulated and can contain GMOs. To be sure your food is GMO-free, buy USDA certified 100% organic food.

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Do genetically modified foods and cloned foods need stricter regulations and labeling?

They most certainly do! Neither GMO nor cloned foods have been thoroughly researched to know what effect they will have on the enviroment, animals, and humans. However, if the information I am reading is correct, and I believe it is, if you are purchasing your groceries from a regular supermarket or grocery you are already buying "genfoods"(foods with GMO ingredients in them) and have been for several years. I think that might be the reason the FDA won't address the issue of labeling for GMOs. If the list I have is correct, there wouldn't be any processed foods, as well as some produce, meat, and dairy products, that would not have to have their GMO ingredients listed. On the other hand, if that is right, why list them? Just assume they all contain GMOs and start buying groceries at a health food store. Okay, so it might be more expensive, but it's either that or be Monsanto's (and other companies) guinea pigs.

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What is genetically modified food?

Genetically modified food can also be achieved by altering their DNA (or genes) by genetic engineering techniques. This usually involves inserting a gene into the organisms' DNA to create a certain trait.

For example, some corn crops have been genetically modified so that they become more resistant to herbicides and insect pests.

In most countries Genetically Modified foods (GM) as well as foods containing GM source foods have to be labelled by law, giving consumers the choice to use them or not. Agriculturally speaking the opposite of GM foods are "Organic" crops.

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Are genetically modified foods good for you?

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.

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What are gm foods?

They are foods that have been 'genetically modified' (taking some genetic information from another source and inserting it into the plant you wish to grow) to give the plant beneficial properties - e.g disease resistance (preventing starvation in third world countries), additional vitamins (important in countries which rely upon one grain as their primary foodsource), increasing drought tolerance or growth rate. I think, so far GM foods are not currently allowed into the human foodchain directly - however I believe cattle and animals for human consumption can be fed GM feeds.

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Who regulates genetically modified food?

In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency takes the lead for regulation of genetically modified foods, with help from the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and many different universities.

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What are genetically modified fish?

Genetically modified fish are fish that have had their DNA changed by taking a gene from an unrelated organism and forcing it into the DNA of a fish. The only known GMO fish is salmon, which has been modified to make grow faster and bigger than their non-GMO counterparts.

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What are some GMO foods?

GMO: genetically modified organisms.

Genetically Modified Organisms are created by taking Genetic Material from 2 different sources and combining them into one molecule. They're created by taking certain traits from the organism they came from and supposedly make something else better. The first patented GMO was created to help clean up oil spills.

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Which group is least likely to be concerned about potential long-term side effect of genetically modified food?

People who cant afford food

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Is genetically modified foods heathy for us?

When you consider that all commercially grown food is genetically altered to some extent then it doesn't matter - you have to eat. However no scientific basis exists for health problems associated with GM foods.

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Are genetically modified foods good for us?

according to a report in the NDTV in the beginning of this month, named risk on your plate, genetically monitored foods are not good for health in the long run. it may even cause cancer or a disease that is altogether new to us. take for example the common tomato that has been genetically altered with frog's legs...! for all you know if you are a vegetarian you may be eating nonvegetarian tomatoes..! the potatoes are also made the same way. this is intially done to ward off common pest and are supposed to be resistant to disease.. an indirect help to the farmer. but ultimately we may run out of original strains in seeds and may have to look up to seed companies who can demand higher prices. genetically monitored foods are labelled in the US banned in Britain and have a free way to import in India to use them in processing food. the main ingredients used are corn and soya. according to the survery even baby foods, soya sauce cornflakes have been known to be manufactured from gm soya and corn.

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What was the first genetically modified food?

First GM food was Tomato, 1994. First GM crop was tobacco, 1983.

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List reasons you would or would not be concerned about eating genetically modified food?

I would: I would be concerd about eating genetically modified food because you would get energy

I wouldn't: I would now be concerd eating generally modified food because you would get virus in your body

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Are there any known side effects of genetically engineered food?

I do not know of any studies on this, but I'm sure we will eventually find out. It may take some time.

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Are genetically modified foods the answer to world hunger?

No, they do help produce more food, but they are rejected by many undeveloped countries for being 'unsafe'.

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How do genetically modified foods work?

Scientists (biotechnologists and biochemists) have altered the DNA structure (genetic material) of crops (genetic engineering) by identifying the desirable features from one particular species, and then cutting by a restriction enzyme, and then inserting desirable trait into the other species so the GM crops and foods can reproduce with the desirable features. These desirable features could be genes that code for resistance to disease, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi (or mould) on the food or crop, or improving the taste of the food or crop by selecting the best gene for good taste, or even having a good effect on health, such as humans' immune system being boosted from a particular gene that fights diseases, and etc.

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How fast does genetically modified food grow?

It depends on how it has been modified and what traits were selected for modification.

Generally they grow at a similar rate to non-modified crops.

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What are two benefits and two drawbacks of genetically modified foods?

Two benefits of GMOs foods are:

  • Farmers do not have to be concerned about spraying herbicides on crops herbicide resistant crops. They just need to use the herbicide the crop is resistant to.
  • Less insecticide is used on Bt varieties of GM crops due to the crop plant itself creating an insecticide within, saving farmers expenses.

Twp drawbacks to GMO foods:

  • Large numbers of consumers do not want to eat foods containing GMOs, so they turned to organically-grown foods. Because of cross pollination with GMO crops while growing, even organic foods may contain small amounts of GMOs, so consumer choice is slowly being taken away.
  • The level set as safe by the EPA for herbicides used on herbicide resistant varieties may be raised as more and more herbicide is used on GMO crops. This has already been done in the case of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Round-up). Its use doubled, and the level considered safe by the FDA in human foods also doubled.
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When did genetically modified food start?

It had started in the 1940's but it has increased the most in the 1970's.

Actually, the first GM foods were grown in California in the early 1990's. What the answer above was referring to was the Green Revolution which started in the 1940's, which was however the basis of GM foods. The Green Revolution was the start of HYV (similar to GM foods) which are High-Yielding varieties. These are genetically modified crops which have higher yields (in essence, you get more out of your crop).

Also, the first GM foods were sold in 1996.

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