GMOs vs the Human Body

By Akahlulwa Radana 

GMO – Genetically Modified Organisms – is a term used to describe any organism whose DNA has been altered through genetic engineering technologies. Within the food sector, GMO crops have had genes introduced to them for a variety of purposes including improved growth, nutritional value and farming ease. 

As with all things genetically modified, GMOS are a topic of much debate. People worldwide are concerned about the impact thereof, whether they are safe for humans to consume, more so within cases of illness and allergies. Research shows that GMOS are, in fact, safe to consume. 

Genetic Modification has the potential to improve the nutritional value of foods. Golden rice is a stellar example, designed to aid in the prevention of blindness in areas where diets are chronically weak in Vitamin A. In this regard, such foods include foreign genes, so it is normal that some are concerned that those genes may be taken from foods that could cause an allergic reaction. 

A study from the 1990s shows that combining a protein from Brazilian nuts with GMO soybeans could cause allergic reactions in those allergic to Brazilian nuts and as scientists began to realize this, they ceased in consuming GMO food. Concerns about allergies are understandable but allergic reactions to GMO foods on the current market have yet to be reported. 

Although research shows that GMOs are safe for consumption, more research needs to be conducted due to a scarcity of long-term human studies. 

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