What are your thoughts on genetically modified corn? I don’t really have an opinion, as I know very little about it; however I am interested in learning more. I love popcorn and pretty much everything else that comes from corn: cornbread, corn pasta, corn chips, etc.
I recently bought a 2 lbs. bag of organic corn from the farm in Pennsylvania where I order my produce, fish and a other pantry items. The corn is 100% naturally grown from the farm’s family friend in Indiana….it is not genetically modified.
Comparing the size of GM corn and organic corn next to one another has alerted me and raised my concern into looking further into affects that GM crops can have. As our food has gotten bigger, so have Americans….and I don’t want to go down that road being ignorant regarding what food I eat. Thus, I have done a bit of research and came to the conclusion….until there is more research, I am going to try to avoid GM corn as much as I can until I know more facts. After all, commercial sales of GM foods only began in 1994, thus no long term studies can even exist.
A little background on GM foods:
GM foods are derived from genetically modified organisms, which have specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. Typical GM foods are transgenic plant products: soybean, corn, canola and cotton seed oil.
While there is broad scientific consensus that GM foods do not pose a greater risk to human health than conventional foods, the key areas of controversy are: risk of harm from GM food, whether GM food should be labeled, the role of government regulators, the effect of GM crops on the environment, the impact of GM crops for farmers, including farmers in developing countries, the role of GM crops in feeding the growing world population, and GM crops as part of the industrial agriculture system.
That list of controversies raises very strong points to consider; I suppose I have a lot of reading to do!
What are your thoughts on GM foods?