How Safe Are Genetically Modified Foods

January 21, 2011 | by DoctorSolve

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Genetically altered foods always create mixed feelings among different people. Some people are adamantly against even the idea of genetically altered foods because they believe we should not go about changing things that are in nature. Other people see the benefit of being able to change any “negative” aspects of our foods, such as the browning of fruits.

There are also people who are somewhere in the middle of both arguments. These people accept the idea of having genetically altered foods, but say they would not feel comfortable actually eating the food.


According to science, genetically altered foods are perfectly safe for us to consume. In fact, many scientists would agree that these genetically altered foods are probably even better for us than their natural alternatives. By changing genetics in foods, it gives us the ability to lengthen the time it takes for a certain food to expire. While at the same time, we may be able to place more nutrients into the foods we eat to make them healthier for us to consume.

Those that are opposed to altering food, however, say that you cannot simply just change one thing without affecting the entire genetic makeup of whichever food you were eating. Basically this idea would suggest that by altering the expiry date of food, we would also accidentally and unknowingly alter some other aspect of the food, which may not be so beneficial. Some people go so far to suggest that in a few years time, we will discover that genetically modifying our foods will cause some very harmful and dangerous side effects.

There is no agreement on the safety of modified foods and there probably never will be. The most we can do is to keep ourselves informed and choose what we believe to be the best course of action.

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