The typical Western diet consists of genetically modified foods. This is when the seeds of crops like soy, rice, potato, peas, tomatoes, or corn are genetically modified before they are grown to maturity. In the United States, over 90% of all the soy and corn comes from genetically modified seeds. The only way you can really avoid these foods is if you purchase organically grown versions of them. Organic food, of course, is more expensive.
There are a lot of misconceptions about genetically modified foods amongst the public. Some people believe they are healthy, while others believe they are a health hazard. To clear up this confusion, we will examine the pros and cons of genetically modified foods.
Farmers and food companies are in the business of food production. Their biggest customers are supermarkets, grocery stores, food markets, and any other business that sells fruits and vegetables. In order to produce enough supply to satisfy the demand, scientists are paid to genetically engineer the seeds of these foods.
The biggest benefit here is that modified seeds will grow and mature faster to produce a greater crop yield for the farmers. In addition, scientists have altered the DNA of the seeds in a way where they become resistant to herbicides, drought, cold, heat, and insects. As a result, there are fewer crops destroyed by these outside elements. The farmers don’t lose money and they’re able to harvest and sell more crops.
If you’ve ever purchased seedless watermelons and wondered how they can be seedless, now you know it has to do with genetic engineering. In some cases, scientists can make it so that modified foods have more nutrients in them too, such as calcium and protein. Best of all,these foods are cheaper and last longer on the shelf. The people of many third-world countries have been saved because of genetically modified food.
Medical experts still don’t know if eating genetically modified food causes any long-term health issues. There are rumors that it can cause some people to develop antibiotic resistance, allergies, or even cancer. But there is no scientific research to confirm these worries and suspicions. You are really on your own here in determining whether it is healthy for you to eat this food.
If you want to remain safe, then always eat as naturally as possible. This means choosing organic over anything else. But if you’re on a budget and don’t want your food to spoil fast, then choose the genetically modified food.