Week 5 Discussion Topic

Review the “WHO” website https://www.who.int/ (Links to an external site.) 

Research Genetically Modified Foods.  Explain what GMO’s (Genetically Modified) are. Why has there been concern about GM foods among some politicians, public interest groups and consumers?What has WHO been doing to improve the evaluation of GM foods?

 Here are the discussion board requirements.

  • The initial discussion post must be at least 250 words of content, referencing the reading of the week, and include a scholarly source.
https://www.who.int

Student Responses:

Angelica

Hello Everyone,

Part One:

Explain what GMO’s (Genetically Modified) are:

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be defined as organisms (i.e. plants, animals or microorganisms) in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination. For example, corn is the most commonly grown crop in the United States, and most of it is GMO.

Part Two:

Why has there been concern about GM foods among some politicians, public interest groups and consumers?

There have been some concerns surrounding GM foods because people who are not familiar with the process believe GM foods can potentially pose health risks and negatively impact the environment. People who know more about science topics, generally, are more likely to trust information from scientists and see scientific research findings about GM foods in a more favorable light opposed to those whom believe there are more sinister acts behind these creations because they don’t have a proper understanding regarding this.

Part Three:

What has WHO been doing to improve the evaluation of GM foods?

WHO has been taking an active role in relation to GM foods, primarily for two reasons:

  • on the grounds that public health could benefit from the potential of biotechnology, for example, from an increase in the nutrient content of foods, decreased allergenicity and more efficient and/or sustainable food production; and
  • based on the need to examine the potential negative effects on human health of the consumption of food produced through genetic modification in order to protect public health. Modern technologies should be thoroughly evaluated if they are to constitute a true improvement in the way food is produced.

What I found interesting reading through these articles is how many different kinds of fruits, vegetables, and foods we consume that are genetically modified. In fact, GMOs are present in 60 to 70 percent of foods on US supermarket shelves with the vast majority of processed foods containing GMOs. Some examples being as basic as apples and potatoes. I had no idea they were considered GM foods so this was a very intriguing read.

Student 2.

Amanda

Explain what GMO’s (Genetically Modified) are.

According to the website  https://www.who.int/ (Links to an external site.) GMO’s is short for Genetically Modified Foods. It defines itself as food safety issues such as microbiological food contamination, BSE and genetically modified organisms. A GMO is a genetically-modified plant or seed. It’s modifications allow these plants to resist diseases, repel insects and weeds.

Why has there been concern about GM foods among some politicians, public interest groups and consumers?

There has been concerns among BSE disease, numerous outbreaks of food-borne illnesses due to microbiological contamination of foods, and the appearance in human food of a genetically modified maize approved only for animal feeding. 

What has WHO been doing to improve the evaluation of GM foods?

WHO has been building its contributions to food safety with particular emphasis on risk assessment. It will resume to support health action within Codex in ways that best serve member states and their people, especially in developing countries. WHO  will continue to improve by fully commit to promoting health and equity through increasing the safety of food and analyzing the possibility of establishing a trust fund to support improved participation of all developing countries.

https://dirt-to-dinner.com/5-benefits-of-gmos (Links to an external site.)

https://www.who.int/news/item/02-07-2001-fao-who-call-for-more-international-collaboration-to-solve-food-safety-and-quality-problems

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