Defining `Genetically Modified Food`

In talking with people about food, in relation to wellness, it has come to my attention that many people don`t understand the difference between Selective Breeding and Genetically Modified Organisms.

Selective Breeding: The most visible example is dogs, each breed has been developed by selecting to breed specific traits over and over again.

Genetically Modified: In a labratory, scientists play with DNA. They remove and replace gene sequences using genetic material from completely different species,  for example, the tomato that grows in cold weather because of a fish  gene.

Click the The Fish Tomato to read all about it: tomatoe_fins

The World Health Organization says ìn the future GMO products should be assessed before being sold to people. That is not something that has been enforced since it`s inception in the early 1990`s. Right now lobbiests for agritech companies are pushing to allow more GMO crops to be grown in Canada.

The World Health Organisation says:

`Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene from a different organism. Currently available GM foods stem mostly from plants, but in the future foods derived from GM microorganisms or GM animals are likely to be introduced on the market. Most existing genetically modified crops have been developed to improve yield, through the introduction of resistance to plant diseases or of increased tolerance of herbicides.`

`In the future, genetic modification could be aimed at altering the nutrient content of food, reducing its allergenic potential, or improving the efficiency of food production systems. All GM foods should be assessed before being allowed on the market. FAO/WHO Codex guidelines exist for risk analysis of GM food.`

One Comment to “Defining `Genetically Modified Food`”

  1. very scary indeed! great post!

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