6 disadvantages and benefits of GMOs


2. GMOs can be fortified with vitamins

Since GMO food products are the result of splicing various foods, GMOs can be engineered to contain more vitamins and nutrients than standard foods, according to Livestrong.

A good example is rice, which according to the World Health Organization is a staple food for more than half of the world’s population. No genetically modified mass-produced rice is currently on the market (although some varieties have been approved for cultivation). Meanwhile, the Golden rice project (vitamin A infused rice) won the 2015 US Patents for Humanity Award, and project managers aim to raise awareness and disseminate the production.

Genetically modified food

3. GMO foods can trigger allergies

There may be a link with an increase in allergies (at least in children) resulting from the consumption of GMO food products. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that symptoms of food and skin allergies in children aged 0 to 17 increased significantly between 1997 and 2001.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that no direct link between the rise of GMOs on the market and the prevalence of food allergies has been proven, Healthline noted. Further studies are needed to prove any connection between the two, if there is any.

GMO allergies

4. Genetically modified animals are more « efficient »

GMOs can be plants or animals. With that in mind, scientists hope to create super cattle that will produce higher quality products (like better milk and eggs) while being more disease resistant and using nutrients more efficiently than your standard farm variety.

This positive point can also be applied to crops. In theory, genetically modified crops and animals will also be more environmentally friendly because they conserve water, soil and energy, ”notes one article 2013 of science decoded.

Genetically modified animal

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