Genetically Modified Foods - Wikispaces

Thomas Confrey
Happening since the Neolithic Revolution
Three Common Methods
◦ Selective Breeding
◦ Combing/Hybridizing Species
◦ Exploiting Natural Mutations
Modern genetic modification involves tranfer
of DNA
Cisgenesis – genes transferred from similar
Trangensis- genes transferred from
dissimilar species
Food allergies are a problem for many
Americans. (e.g. Soy, peanuts, seafood, etc)
New genetically modified species means
infinitely more proteins
Usually, allergies are only discovered after an
individual has a violent reaction.
Predicting allergies is nearly impossible
GM Plants designed to keep bugs/animals
GM Plants take up more chemicals including
heavy metals
Chemical companies often design new
pesticides and herbicides, as well as,
genetically modified plants, which are
“immune” to them.
New pesticides or herbicides can seep into
surface and ground water
is US
of the
Currently Genetically Modified foods do not
need special labels
Genetically Modified Foods are not going
Could be used to eliminate artificial dyes,
preservatives and steroids
Still need more research and long-term
testing/risk assessment
Fertilizer is a major problem
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