Genetically Modified Products: Harm or Benefit?


  • What are Genetically Modified Products?
  • Harm of Genetically Modified Foods (GMO Foods)
  • Benefits of GMP

Despite the fact that the specialized commission of the European Union has already recognized genetically modified products (GMP) as practically safe for our health, the discussion has not ceased for them for several years. It’s not so much that the GMP are looking for some harm to the body, but how many of them do not know for sure whether they eat natural food or products containing GMP.

Moreover, even those companies that make the mark “Without GMP” on their products can not fully guarantee that this markings correspond to the truth, that’s why there is only one thing: to learn how to live using transgenic products as safely as possible for the organism.

What are Genetically Modified Products

To genetically modified foods include any species of products of plant or animal origin, the gene characteristics of which have been changed by laboratory methods. This is done in order to improve some of the quality of products – for example, their ability to store for a long time, nutritional value or resistance to frost and putrefaction.

In this case, genes in plants and animals can be transplanted not only from closely related organisms, but also from those completely alien to them: for example, the gene of some bacterium can be transplanted into maize so that the plant is resistant to the effects of various insects.

Genetically Modified Products: Harm or Benefit?

Unfortunately, transgenic products can cover all categories of food products, including:

  • meat products,
  • vegetables and fruits,
  • cereals,
  • fish,
  • confectionery,
  • soy,
  • juices and drinks,
  • flour.

In some countries, the cultivation of such products is strictly prohibited, but in Russia and the CIS as a whole there is no such ban, therefore GM foods are widely distributed.

Harm of Genetically Modified Foods

The main argument of the opponents of genetically modified products is simple: a rod lives in the intestine of a person, which can “intercept” genes from GM products and integrate them into themselves, after which they will continue their independent work directly in the body. And this work can be different – both useful and harmful. In particular, the negative result of such activities may be:

  • tumor processes,
  • metabolic disorders,
  • diabetes,
  • the occurrence of severe allergic reactions,
  • rashes on the skin.

In addition, it is still not known how products containing GMP affect the environment. For example, some scientists have proved that the same corn with bacterial genes can act independently as a “pesticide”, killing not only harmful, but also any other insects, which violates the ecological balance of their habitat. It is possible that similarly GM maize and similar products may affect the intestinal microflora.

Moreover, transgenic plants subsequently freely interbreed with the ordinary ones, transferring their properties to them, and as a result, no one knows whether the harvested crop is “clean” or whether hidden genomodified products are on the table.

And, finally, considering that an ordinary buyer never knows which gene is implanted in a particular product, he can expose himself to mortal danger! For example, some genetically modified foods contain fish genes (they make it possible to increase the resistance of the product to freezing), but many people suffer a very severe allergy to fish, which causes severe consequences up to anaphylactic shock. As a result, they simply can not feel safe, because a poisonous component for them can be contained, for example, even in innocuous tomatoes!

Benefits of GMP

However, the harm of genetically modified food can be partially compensated for by their use. Or rather – some of the benefits that GMOs can give to the buyer.

  • One of them is the cheapness of the product and its ability not to spoil for a long time. This, of course, is not very useful for the body, but it is beneficial from the point of view of economy.

The second plus – genetically modified products that are able to withstand harmful insects and weeds, are quite resistant to the “attack” of bacteria and viruses, which can be an additional way to protect the body from pathogens of various diseases.

  • And, finally, the third plus – vitamins and a number of useful substances can be introduced into genetically modified foods (for example, a rice containing a sufficiently large amount of iron and vitamin A has already been invented). This will not only avoid avitaminosis, but also cure a number of diseases caused by a lack of any trace elements in the body. In addition, products are being developed that can contain vaccines and medicines for certain diseases.

In general, the purchase of genetically modified products depends only on the buyer. It is up to him to decide whether to give preference to cheap products with GMP or better to shell out for expensive goods.

However, given that not always the buyer knows exactly what lies on the counter, genetically modified foods in the diet may long remain unnoticed, but too much to worry about it is still not worth it.