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Genetically Modified Food Products- Boon or Curse?

A Genetically Modified food product is a food item which is produced by a gene modification or using a microorganism whose genetic material has been altered to contain a segment of foreign DNA from some other organism. Modern recombinant DNA technology enables the ligation DNA strands. This technology has been used extensively in the lab by scientists and researchers for various purposes: to amplify the number of genes or proteins, to determine gene function, to study gene expression patterns, and to create models for human disease. One major application has been to cultivate food crops that are modified in a way that is advantageous to either the producer or the consumer. Currently, the GM crops on the market have bacterial genes introduced into their genomes that encode for pest or herbicide resistance. It is said that this should cut down on the number of chemicals a farmer needs to spray, but in reality, that goal has not been realized as pests and weeds become resistant to the chemicals being used.

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In the US, the most commonly found GM crops are:

* Soybean
* Corn
* Cotton
* Canola

Some of the most significant reasons to avoid GM food products are:

  1. Detection of Multiple Toxins from GM products inmaternal and fetal blood.
  2. Foreign DNA present in the GM products can get transferred into the human system if consumed.
  3. GM products can cause gluten disorders affecting millions of people.
  4. Induces Human Breast Cancer cells through estrogen receptors.
  5. Can lead to birth defects and genetic disorders.
  6. Can lead to various diseases such as stomach inflammation and enlarged uteri in animals.
  7. Minimal evidence is present to ensure the safety using GM food products.

International Conference on Food Safety and Hygiene 2018

September 06-08, 2018

Edinburgh, Scotland

For more information, visit: https://goo.gl/LrQc8y

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