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Genetically Modified Food
Transcript of Genetically Modified Food
Pest resistance, Herbicide tolerance, Disease resistance, Cold tolerance, Drought tolerance/salinity tolerance, Nutrition, and also pharmaceuticals. (mostly edible vaccines)
Genetically modified foods have the potential to solve many of the world's hunger and malnutrition problems. Also they can help protect and preserve the environment by reducing the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides. However this leaves many governments in sticky situations with safety testing, regulation, international policy and food labeling.
Techniques of genetic modification
-The first genetically modified plant was produced in 1983, using an antibiotic-resistant tobacco plant.
-In 1994, the transgenic Flavr Savr tomato was approved by the FDA for marketing in the US - the modification allowed the tomato to delay ripening after picking
-In the US in 1995, the following transgenic crops received marketing approval
-As of 2013, roughly 85% of corn, 91% of soybeans, and 88% of cotton produced in the United States are genetically modified.
Increased risk and potential of allergic reactions, . Under-Developed countries becoming more dependent on other communities, spread of new, more resistant "super pests and weeds", unknown long term effects to the ecosystem and biodiversity, and harmful effects on the immune system.
What are genetically modified foods?
Genetically modified foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally.
Would you eat food that makes it's own toxic pesticide?
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More than sixty one countries have a law with mandatory labeling on all GM products. United States and Canada are not involved in this law
About Proposition 37
Produce/Price Look up or PLU's
The first number on the label can tell you a lot.
3 or 4 - conventionally grown with pesticides, herbicides, etc.
8- indicates that it was genetically modified or engineered.
9- indicates grown organic.