What is GMO?
GMO is the biotechnology of Genetically Modified Food, also known as Genetically Engineered Food, which is a direct human manipulation of an organism’s genetic material, DNA, by combining two or more sequences that would normally not occur together.
What are the benefits of GMO?
Genetic Engineering biotechnology, with proper safeguards and controls, promises opportunities to overcome food shortages, world hunger, elimination of disease and improvements to the environment. Some of the potential benefits would include extended shelf life of foods, improved nutrient composition, efficient food processing, improved crop resistance and yield.
What are the disadvantages of GMO?
While the benefits of Genetic Engineering sounds promising there are some potential problems and concerns that have people divided on their safety for use and consumption. Some of the important concerns that have been raised include disruption to the eco-systems, ethical dilemmas, cross-contamination of non-GMO crop fields, profit motive, the introduction of new diseases, allergens and toxins. FSANZ insists that foods that are substantially different require labeling to identify the product.
The other side of the debate argues that Organic foods are a safer and healthier option to their counter-part as they contain no chemicals and are free from pesticides/ herbicides.
What is Organic?
The only problem with buying organic is that the term ‘organic’ isn’t regulated in Australia. A product can claim to be ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ even if it contains GMO ingredients. To ensure you are buying organic look out for the ‘Organic Certified’ logo on produce. To be labeled as ‘Certified Organic’, a producer has to receive certification from one of a few organizations that have been accredited by the Federal Government’s Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS).
What are the benefits of Certified Organic?
If a product is certified organic it means it contains no artifical fertilizers, synthetic herbicides and pesticides in the production of the food and no growth promoters, antibiotics or hormone stimulants were used in the farming.
What are the disadvantages of Organic?
Unfortunately there are disadvantages to buying organic, which include limited availability, and greater cost to the consumer. Looking from the point of view of GMO Global, continuing to buy organic could deplete our resources of food and live stock as the world is unable to provide for the high demand population. There are also possibilities of GMO foods being able to provide health benefits to consumers that perhaps organic cannot.
Unfortunately the long-term effects of GMO are currently unknown, although criticism has been placed on the GMO industry for causing cancers, diabetes, heart problems and other chronic diseases, we won’t know until some decades the true advantages and disadvantages of GMO research foods. It is up to the consumer to make the choice based on the information that is provided to them for now.
Hopefully this blog has given you some food for thought, so to speak, and will see you continuing to research and stand for what you believe in. See below for some relevant websites that may help you in your decision on food produce for yourself and your family.
Knowledge is power!
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