genetically modified food

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Any food genetically modified to resist or tolerate pesiticides, insects, or viruses, or to decrease spoilage, produce antibodies, decrease fatty acid synthesis, or increase production of certain amino acids

ge·net·i·cal·ly mod·i·fied food

(jĕ-net'ik-ă-lē mod'i-fīd fūd)
Scientifically altered foodstuffs intended to limit exposure of the plants or animals to disease or spoilage. Concerns about safety and efficacy have been raised worldwide.
Synonym(s): frankenfood.

genetically modified food

Any crop or agricultural product altered by biological engineering for drought resistance, increased growth, resistance to pests or pesticides, prolonged shelf-life, altered textures or flavors, or other economically or commercially desirable characteristics. Promoters of genetically modified foods point to their improved yields (which may have a beneficial impact on agricultural profits or world hunger). Opponents of genetic modification have raised concerns about its effects on ecosystems, human food allergies, and religious dietary laws.
Synonym: bioengineered food
See also: food
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Although FDA reports that its evaluation process includes the necessary controls for ensuring the safety data needed, some aspects of its evaluation process could be enhanced by randomly verifying the test data provided and by increasing the transparency of the evaluation process--including communicating more clearly the scientific rationale for the agency's final decision on a GM food safety assessment.
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The European Union member nations and NGOs, siding with consumer groups, insisted on the necessity of introducing a GM food tracking system, while GM food producing nations including the United States, Canada and South American nations were less inclined to support such a system, saying such food is basically safe.
In Great Britain, Julia Moore finds that the animus against GM food can be traced to the crisis surrounding mad cow disease, even though that problem has nothing to do with biotechnology.
The move came as environmental activists urged a mandatory labeling system for all GM food products as soon as possible.
The purpose of section I was to ascertain whether participants were worried about eating GM food and also to find out whether they had a basic understanding of what GM food is about.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori wants the G-8 to declare a view on the safety of GM foods and feeds, but whether the G-8 countries will be able to do so will depend on a compromise between the United States -- an advocate of GM food promotion -- and the more cautious European Union (EU).
The Royals appeared to be a family at war after Princess Anne accused "cheeky" opponents of GM food of simplifying the debate.
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