Genetically modified foods most commonly refers to the plants, which has been modified in the laboratory to enhance improved nutritional content and aimed traits created for human beings and animals. With progress in various types of technology, especially in genetic engineering, farmers and scientists have changed the way in which food is grown and made, raising questions about the methods, their risks and possible effects. It is not a secret that GMF-ed foods have spread out rapidly to the whole world. GMFs have raised concerns over their own beneficial in that they are resistant to diseases, produces greater yields, and it improves the nutrition of foods making the people unaware about their effects. Every time we go to any grocery stores or supermarkets, we would not know whether the vegetables, fruits or even meats being sold are genetically modified. To make this situation worse, most consumers do not pay much attention to what they are eating, when they are actually consuming modified foods.
It's not difficult to think back to a time when food was simpler and healthier. How did we get to the point where genetically modified organisms fall in so much of what we eat? While genetic domination in foods can be traced throughout history, the modern wonder of GMOs showed up in just the last few years. “The 1980’s marks the discovery that specific pieces of DNA that could be transferred from one organism to another. This became the basis of the genetic modification process” (Mith). In 1983, the first transgenic plant, a tobacco plant resistant to antibiotics was created. Five years later, the leading biotech company, introduced soybeans. “Later in 2008 further genetic modification was enhanced, when scientist discovered that the modification process could be used to introduce nutrients and other vitamins to enrich foods”(Maci).With the process, genetic modification is advancing throughout the planet leaving positive as well as negative impacts on people and its has now become the implanted part of our daily life.
Genetically-modified foods have made a big splash in the news lately. Public interest groups and the environmental organization have been actively protesting against GM foods for years. Government officials also have raised concerns about GM foods, for pursuing profit without concern for potential hazards. It seems that everyone has a strong opinion against GM foods., Critics argue that their effects has not been studied long enough but proponents of GM foods ensure that these foods are safe for consumption .Besides that many organizations also has claimed that GM foods creates the human health risks and is not as good as fresh foods..
A recent article published in Lancet examined the effects of GM potatoes on the digestive system in rats claiming that “there were differences found in the intestines of rats fed modified potatoes and rats fed unmodified potatoes. Moreover, the gene introduced into the potatoes was a flower...