6 Unexpected Results Of GMO’s

Genetically modified Organism (GMO) is food with an altered genetic makeup. GMOs are created in a lab by changing the genetic makeup of an animal or plant such as pigs, corn, soy and sugar beets. The animals or plants genetics are changed using techniques like protein engineering and gene cloning. Scientists often genetically change or engineer foods for specific reasons. For instance, they want to increase the numbers of crop yielded. Other reasons include making the food resistance to insects and make them tolerant to weather temperatures, drought and herbicides.

It is also hard to determine whether foods are genetically altered. GMOs are not labeled on packages. This means that a person trying to avoid GMOs may still consume them. For example, GMOs may be found in soda because of the mixes and spices in the drink may contain GMO soy and corn. Eating organic foods is one way to avoid consuming GMOs.

Many opponents of GMOs wonder if the genetically altered foods are healthy and safe to consume. Foods genetically altered must meet all the same safety requires as food grown without being genetically altered. However, GMOs are relatively new and research studies on long-term effects on people’s health is limited. The following is six unexpected results of consuming GMOs research has discovered so far:

1. Toxicity: Toxicity is the amount to which a substance is harmful to either people or animals. Toxicity can be an actual toxin or poison. Acute toxicity is harmful effects in any organism short-term or single exposure. Subchronic toxicity occurs for more than one year. Most plants produce various substances that are toxic to humans. Toxicity may lead to toxic shock syndrome. This is an illness associated with group A streptococcus. Symptoms of toxic shock syndrome include a high fever, decreased kidney failure, respiratory distress and vomiting.

Non-genetically engineered plants produce low levels of toxins harmful humans. However, GMOs increases the toxicity levels in plants that may be dangerous for humans. This increased toxicity could occur with inserting one gene into a plant. If this causes the other genes in a plant to change, it could alter the toxins produced.

Also, the new gene could interfere with a plant’s metabolic pathway. This interference may cause the plant to produce more toxins in response which would be harmful to humans. The problem with GMOs is that effects of these changing haven’t been observed through conventional breeding methods. This creates a concern about GMOs toxicity.