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Controversy about GMOs

November 8, 2011

Do you know anything about Genetically Modified Organisms? Probably the same as many people: that there are some vegetables that in their DNA include genes from other organisms. But that’s not the only thing a GMO could be: any organism obtained in a lab that has changes included by a person in its genetic information, what means that a scientist can make that something that the organism has increases its production, for example.

It is true that many people fear GMOs, it is said that they could produce more allergic reactions, they could damage other plants and animals, and so on.

The fact is that Scientists are not really sure about the effects that they could have on human-beings in the long term – but we also ignore what the effects of using wi-fi and mobile phones could be in the future. What we know about GMOs is that they have more walls in their way: they have to be tested once and again during years before they can be destined to consumers, they are the most tested food – if they are to become animal or human food. And that’s why the GMOs we can eat right now are less harmful than any other food on sale.

However, in Europe OMG food is really banned, only a few transgenic vegetables are allowed – in 2010 it was approved to plant 4 new transgenic vegetables after 12 years without any new ones beeing allowed.

Because of that kind of fear we have here in the UE, it was forbidden to import any GMO from United States, or Canada, for example, and that annoyed the US: as the UE said that GMO were potentially harmful for our health, the US claimed that there was no proof of such statement.

Anyway, GMOs are being investigated in many countries and each year more transgenic vegetables are planted. It is probably that, in order not to be left behind, the UE will be more open to this kind of food in the  future, that’s the progress flow…

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. marisadedios permalink*
    November 8, 2011 5:36 pm

    Thanks for post Elena. I am not sure I am happy to consume transgenically modified food, but I suppose, as you say, that it is progress. I still think I prefer things to be natural. My dream would be to grow my own organic vegetables, for example, and feed exclusively on organic food.

  2. Cynthia permalink
    November 8, 2011 9:19 pm

    Some months ago I attend a lecture about GMOs where they compare common food, organic food and genetically modified food…It’s difficult to summarize the hole talk because we were raising the item from many points of view but, I’d like to make one quiestion before giving my opinion… What scare you most of consuming GMOs? (I’m not sure about the structure of this question :S)

  3. jesarqit permalink
    November 8, 2011 10:36 pm

    I guess there are sooooo many interests behind these products that we can hardly do anything apart from asking for an accurate labelling so we could choose. On the other hand, this modifications are usually aimed at increasing the production what generally speaking it´s just about benefits and market but, in some cases, it could make a difference for underveloped countries.

  4. Lorena Gallego permalink
    November 9, 2011 8:02 pm

    I agree with you Jesarqit, the only thing we can do as a consumers is pay attention to the labeling and then decide whatever we want (or whatever we can afford, because this kind of organic products are more expensive than the normal ones).
    Anyway, as a latin proverb says “what nourishes me destroys me”.

  5. angel puchol permalink
    November 10, 2011 7:11 pm

    Hi everyone,
    the problem is bigger than that. You can decide to avoid feeding you with GMOs (It´s mandatory to put in the label that the good is made with or in part with GMO) but at the same time you should give up almost everykind of meat because GMOs are included in the formulate of the feed mix companies.

    See you

  6. November 11, 2011 3:28 pm

    The population of the Earth is increasing more and more. It’s thought that the amount of seven billion people in the World has been reached in 31/10/2011 and that there will be more than nine billion of people in 2050.
    Nowadays, it’s said that one billion of people suffer from the lack of food. So, if the population of the World keeps increasing one of the main problems with which we will have to face will be the lack of food to feed so many people.
    I read an article about GMO foods some time ago in which they were shown as one of the best solutions to finish with the current and future lack of food. But, I don’t know if it’s really true or just a biased opinion. Besides, I wonder if their use will have harmful or beneficial effects for the environment and the human beings.

  7. elenalantero permalink
    November 15, 2011 8:08 pm

    I’d like to tell you one courious thing about GMO’s labeling: in Europe is required to say if there is more than 0.9% of any OMG product in the food, and the 0.5% if that OMG product has not been authorized for human feed. If you think that these quantities have been studied by scientist as not to have a harm effect over human-beings, you’re wrong. Politicians have decided that it is a good percentage for labeling without following any test.
    And it’s the same for de separation between lands cultived that have OMGs and those which don’t have OMGs. Politicians decided how many metres, but they don’t even know if there’s any effect on the other plants at that distance.
    One thing people is scared about OMGs is that they would be another weapon for the big companies, so that the small ones won’t have many chances. That is as everything in this world, all the things are controlled by the market. But, if they end in good hands, as Javier has said, we could feed many people in the world.

  8. skippy707 permalink
    February 13, 2012 9:39 pm

    Hello Advanced English staff and readers,

    There’s an informative report on the latest GMO developments and the California GMO labeling initiative for interested readers at the Humboldt Sentinel website.

    The increase of engineered food crops on U.S. and global farms in the past year– and the new biotechnology developments on the horizon– may surprise some:

    http://humboldtsentinel.com/2012/02/11/a-bumper-year-for-genetically-modified-crops/

    You and readers may use/reprint/link/pass on the article as you like. Keep up the good work and very truly yours,

    skippy massey
    (Humboldt County, CA)

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