Letter to the Editor: Gm Foods

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Letter to the Editor: Genetically Modified Food

The future of food is here – and it has come in the form of GMO’s – Genetically Modified Organisms. GMO’s, refer to plant foods that have undergone a process of DNA manipulation, whereby isolated genes of a known function from one organism are copied and transferred into another to introduce desired characteristics. Though this technology is relatively new, GMO’s have already found their way into our supermarkets and established themselves firmly into our diets. And it’s a welcome change – people all over the world are enjoying their watermelons and grapes seed-free, their apples, juicy and bright and blemish-free. But of course, there are always sticks in the mud, who oppose change – but what could anyone possibly have against taking something and making it better?

Genetically modified food is improved food – and consumers have been reaping its benefits in greater taste and quality, texture, even size and cost. Genetically modified foods can provide a longer shelf life, and even have enhanced nutritional content. Parents can now give their kids the iron value of a plateful of brussel sprouts, in a couple a slices of genetically modified toast. As consumers, we have the right to choose what we buy and GM foods just add to that variety we have to choose from. Whether we should or shouldn’t eat GMO, there should be the choice that we can. GMO’s also provide considerable benefits to produce growers and farmers. By adding genes to plants, they can make them more resilient to weather, pests and disease, cutting the need for pesticides, herbicides and chemicals that harm the environment. They can even make their crops mature faster, saving time and money.

Ethical concerns have been raised about genetically modifying food. Carmen Pace said that we should keep our food ‘as nature intended’. The human race is itself growth and evolution. If we were to keep things ‘the way nature intended’, we’d still be living in...
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