US soy is genetically modified food more to have more oleyl acid. This acid reduces levels of bad cholesterol in place of other fats.
GM foods are those who in their composition have altered DNA, which allows you to create mutations with certain specific and preconceived characteristics. Unlike natural foods, which are brought in from the crops, this type of food has altered laboratory, which later affects the entire product and harvest. These types of foods were created from biotechnology, which can transfer a gene from one organism to another to give it some special quality that usually do not possess.
Currently already they are beginning to know some meat genetically altered foods, but most of GM foods today are of plant origin, such as fruits, grains and cereals. At first, the idea of modifying the food seemed to be a great idea to encourage the consumer to solve problems of global hunger and even to favor agriculture, but over the years, different studies found that this type of altered foods have many health hazards affect agricultural industries and disadvantages have become a social problem even among those who impose the use of these products and who want to conserve natural foods.
What are the effects of GM foods on health?
After lengthy investigations, experiments and studies have found so far the following negative effects on health:
- Emergence of new allergies, because these foods contain new toxins and allergens with negative impact on the body. Proof of this was the famous case of Starlink Corn (2000) in the United States. In the food chain traces of unauthorized GM maize which caused serious allergic reactions were found.
- Emergence of antibiotic-resistant pathogenic bacteria in the body genes. This means that some of the bacteria receive the strength they need to be immune to certain drugs.
- Further increase of contamination in food, by greater use of chemicals in the cultivation process.
- A study in Austria showed that these foods reduce the ability of fertility, because in an experiment with mice, it was concluded that those fed with genetically modified maize were less fertile compared to those who ate natural corn.
- In the long term it has not been able to establish the health risks that may have GM food consumption. However it is suspected that may influence the onset of certain diseases, such as cancer.
What other dangers are GM foods?
The dangers are GM foods currently go beyond what can cause health. While the field of health is very important and is still research, there are other important risks are discussed day to day between nations and organizations concerned about the situation.
Seriously affect the environment
GM crops pose increasing the use of toxic products in agriculture. Such products may not only affect the transgenic product, but also seriously affect traditional varieties, destroying them and causing an irreversible loss of biodiversity. They have known many cases where farmers are forced by law to only grow transgenic seeds and, therefore, has been losing traditional seed.
They have a negative impact on the economy
The development of GM is in the hands of a few multinational companies that, for now, continue to expand globally and within time eventually taking over the market of seeds from around the world and obviously the production of foods. Such products tend to have greater impact on the market, since alterations allow to create products with features that attract much consumer. They also tend to be cheaper and are ending the production of those farmers who plant and harvest natural products, but they can not be sold at prices as low as transgenic.
What are the most common genetically modified foods?
Currently the big multinationals continue to work for more GM foods, including meat products. Then we name the most common genetically modified foods on the market.
- Corn and all its derivatives (flour, bran, oil, syrup, etc.),
- Soybeans and soy products
- Sugar cane
- Tomatoes long-term
- Among others.
Our final question is: Are you for or against the use of these genetically modified seeds?