What Questions Do You Have About Genetically Modified Foods?

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Genetically modified organisms also known as GMO are combinations of DNA molecules from different sources to create a new and improved DNA, which is later inserted into a new organism.[1] This process has become one of many solutions to food shortage and pesticide, insecticide, and herbicide control.

Genetically modified foods include some vegetation along with many common products (soybean oil, most unfermented soy, corn oil, cottonseed oil, and much of what is fed to some cattle, poultry, and meat products).

GMO in Food

Studies

Genetically modified organisms are made of recombinant DNA that involves taking DNA from different organisms and combining them to create sequences that would normally not be found in other organisms, making it an obvious evidence of unnatural product. Early concerns of these recombinant DNAs were discussed in the Asilomar Conference in 1975.[2] There, the biohazards and biotechnology were discussed in addition to the potential consequences of getting the public involved in the experiments.

In the mid 1990s, the genetically modified plants were released for commercial use. However, speculations still linger about the safety of these modifications and what it could mean for the future of our population.

According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food consumption including infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system.[3]

Children’s Sensitivity to GMO

Children, especially infants, are the most susceptible to illnesses due to their underdeveloped immune systems and organs in general. Their gastrointestinal tract or GI tract are not fully ready to fight off pathogens and bacteria. Therefore, exposing them to genetically modified foods that have questionable effects on animal health may be detrimental to their growth and possibly future health.

As parents, it is our choice to make to expose our children to what we feel they should be exposed to. However, we as parents are also responsible for their safety and well-being.

References

  1. GMO by Wikipedia
  2. Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA by Wikipedia
  3. American Academy of Environmental Medicine