What do you think of genetically modified foods (GMOs)?Created by:
Since the 1990's, the development of genetically modified foods roused debates on an international scale. Despite the fact that these products have passed food safety assessments conducted upon national authorities, many people still doubt their safety for human consumption. Potential health concerns such as allerginicity, possibility of genetic transfer, and intermigration of genes from genetically modified seeds to wild crops, should be considered. Personally, I am not anti-GMO. But among the potential health concerns that I have mentioned, the possibility of genetic transfer bother me the most. For one, if genetic transfer is proven possible and GMO's gain international acceptance, it carries the disadvantage of decreasing genetic diversity and the capacity for adaptation. This affects ecological biodiversity as a whole and may interrupt food cycles across species. Secondly, the transfered genes may confer antibiotic resistance, which is potentially problematic. Lastly, the fact that the consequences of genetic transfer are still unknown makes me uneasy in supporting genetically modified foods. For now, these food products may pass safety standards, but who knows if undesirable effects can only be seen after a long time? As a health professional, what is your personal stand on GMOs?